Book Review: The Very Nice Box

"She took another bite. She felt a small residual guilt over having left Jaime downstairs, but she would give herself this — this small pleasure. She would allow herself to drop her sad lunch into an Accommodating Garbage Bin. She would allow herself the gift of a well-assembled medium-rare cheeseburger. She would allow herself the coveted position of the corner table of the cafeteria. And she would allow herself to once again feel a small but perceivable joy at the fact that Mat had clearly not wanted to discuss work — he had simply wanted to eat lunch with her."

Book Review: The Way the Light Bends

“Freya fitted her hand in between ivy stems to press against the curvatures of stone. Lowering sunlight shone directly into her eyes from the very edge of the bell tower, and for a moment she was blinded, the space beyond the doorway turned into gold and vermillion. And for that moment, for a brief moment of light and secrets, Freya almost believed that she could step through the arch into some hidden place, and find her sister.”

Book Review: The Last Battle

"All round them the wood was very quiet. Indeed it was far too quiet. On an ordinary Narnia night there ought to have been noises — an occasional cheery 'Goodnight' from a Hedgehog, the cry of an Owl overhead, perhaps a flute in the distance to tell of Fauns dancing, or some throbbing, hammering noises from Dwarfs underground. All that was silenced: gloom and fear reigned over Narnia."

Book Review: Countdown to a Killing

"A brief editorial intervention. It was suggested by some, during the editorial process, that by this point in the correspondence the reader may be finding the material rather light, and inconsistent with the notion of a ‘countdown’ to a ‘killing’ … Accordingly, we think it reasonable to urge all readers to keep their eye on …

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