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Hogwarts, Narnia, and Middle Earth
Hogwarts, Narnia, and Middle Earth: Places Upon a Time
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     This little book is a think-piece for adult readers who grew up with (or have been captured by) the fantasy worlds of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J. K. Rowling.  Rob Smith points out general themes in the work of these three authors and matches them to the ancient motifs of the biblical writings.  The result is a discussion about the way in which we look at time, place, and the meaning of being human.  The focus is less an explanation of the stories than a jumping off place to discuss our own presuppositions about these important life matters.      "In this insightful and playful analysis, Dr. Smith uncovers some of the secrets of visiting imaginary places.  He is a trustworthy guide, telling us not what we should see but what he has seen and encouraging us to look for ourselves. He does this with a maturity of judgment, a wide-background, and a...
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     This little book is a think-piece for adult readers who grew up with (or have been captured by) the fantasy worlds of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J. K. Rowling.  Rob Smith points out general themes in the work of these three authors and matches them to the ancient motifs of the biblical writings.  The result is a discussion about the way in which we look at time, place, and the meaning of being human.  The focus is less an explanation of the stories than a jumping off place to discuss our own presuppositions about these important life matters.

     "In this insightful and playful analysis, Dr. Smith uncovers some of the secrets of visiting imaginary places.  He is a trustworthy guide, telling us not what we should see but what he has seen and encouraging us to look for ourselves. He does this with a maturity of judgment, a wide-background, and a sophisticated theological perspective rarely found in such commentaries. He makes you want to read the stories all over again."

David L. Barr
Professor of Religion
Wright State University

 

 

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I am a writer of both novels and poetry. The two are very different disciplines. In poetry, the ear and eye reach consensus, but with the novel, the characters can rise to stand even against the sensibilities of the writer. When this happens, there is no point in arguing....

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Published Reviews

Mar.29.2009

"Rob Smith, author of two novels "Children of Light" and the futuristic moral fable "Night Voices," cuts closer to the bone in this winning collection of 7 stories and a novella, "McGowan's Call."

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Apr.05.2009

It is a satisfying ride of a novel reminding me, at times, of David Baldacci. Like a roller coaster ride, I want to read it again to catch all the nuances I may have missed the first time.