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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
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes Dawn Treader is probably the best book in the Narnia series. I suspect it's not quite as popular as Wardrobe (and the sappy movie adaptation didn't help either, but Narnia's movie adaptations are all pretty awful), but I think it's on par with it, if not better.

There's not really a plot or central conflict in the novel; the central conceit (searching for a bunch of missing Lords) is a bit of a MacGuffin, as they're not really that important to the story anyway. What's cool is the elaborate fantasy worlds Lewis creates. There are some brilliant ideas at play in Dawn Treader - both narrative and psychological - and the subtext about human greed isn't overplayed at all.

Out of all the Narnia books, this was the one I wanted to live in the most. In the world of fantasy literature, that spells success for Lewis.