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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis First things first: Out of the Silent Planet is much better than The Chronicles of Narnia. In fact, now that I look back, I'm a bit surprised that they're writen by the same author. Narnia seems heavy-handed and altogether too religious by comparison. (Don't get me wrong; I like religion, bu I don't like to be bashed on the head with a poorly realized God figure/lion.)

It's not that Out of the Silent Planet doesn't deal with many of the same issues; it's that they're explored in more mature fashion. Narnia is primarily a kids' series, and it shows—the writing is simplistic and the characters often lack multidimensionality. Out of the Silent Planet gives us more description, a more philosophical plot and some fairly deep ideas at work. While the Pevensies talk to English-speaking beavers, Ransom learns an entirely new alien language. This linguistic bent seems to mesh well with the story's maturity. (Interestingly, Lewis wrote Narnia after The Space Trilogy.)

I'm planning to expand this review, so stay tuned for more.