APRIL FOOLS! 2014. “Yowza!”

Well folks, another April Fools has come and gone. It’s time to put aside our mirth and silliness and get back to business. I hope you all enjoyed the jokes this year and got a good laugh, joke, or chuckle out of them. I also hope you didn’t read them too early in the morning. As is evident by most of the comments, you guys are getting good at this! Some are even sharing them with others! Note: No Current or Former Disney Channel Stars were harmed in the making of these jokes.

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Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: The Gates of Heaven : Book Six: The Sands of Ethryn

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, the official NarniaFans book reviews where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the Land of Narnia and the Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at CS Lakin’s latest fantasy book, The Sands of Ethryn, the sixthbook in her Gates of Heaven Series! –


Title: The Gates of Heaven: Book Six: The Sands of Ethryn.

Sands of Ethryn Cover

Sands of Ethryn Cover

Author: CS Lakin

Publisher: AMG

ISBN-10: 0899578942

ISBN-13: 978-0899578941

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Through A New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans Interviews: Diving into The Sands of Ethryn with CS Lakin

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to “Through a New Wardrobe”, where we sit down and chat with some of today’s hottest writers who have been influenced by CS Lewis and the  Land of Narnia. Today, we will be catching up with our old friend, CS Lakin, author of The Gates of Heaven Series, and talking about her upcoming release The Gates of Heaven Series: Book Six: The Sands of Ethryn, as well as hearing a bit of her testimony and chatting a bit about her love for sci-fi, time travel and Star Trek.

click here and here to read our earlier interviews with her.

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Tumnus’ Bookself: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Hobbit Lessons by Devin Brown

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NariaFans Book Reviews where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the Land of Narnia, JRR Tolkien and the Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at Devin Brown’s new book, Hobbit Lessons.HobbitLessonscover

Title: Hobbit Lessons

Author: Devin Brown

Publisher: Abingdon

ISBN-10: 1426776020

ISBN-13: 978-1426776021

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Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Conversations with CS Lewis by Robert Verlarde

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the land of Narnia, and the Inklings.  Today, we will be looking at Robert Verlarde’s Conversations with CS Lewis.


Title: Conversations with CS Lewisconversations_cover

Author: Robert Verlarde

Publisher: IVP (2008)

ISBN-10: 0830834834

ISBN-13: 978-0830834839

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Celebrate the Anniversary of The Horse and His Boy (Narnia Essentials)

Horse and His BoyToday (9/6) marks another anniversary for the publication of The Horse and His Boy. Fifty-nine years ago (that’s 1954, if you didn’t know) this fifth published book became available. More recent editions list it as the third book in the series, but that’s another topic altogether (see Confused about the Narnia Book Reading Order? if you want the details). Not to add to the confusion, but did you know that Lewis actually finished writing The Horse and His Boy before The Silver Chair?

Other interesting facts about The Horse and His Boy are:

- It was completed (by spring 1950) around the time The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was published (October 16, 1950).

- It took Lewis slightly more than three months to write.

- In The Silver Chair a blind poet tells the events that happen in The Horse and His Boy.

- It is dedicated to David and Douglas Gresham (whom mother Lewis later married).

- Alternative titles for the book were: The Horse and the Boy; The Desert Road to Narnia; Cor of Archenland;The Horse stole the Boy; Over the Border and The Horse Bree.

- A stage play adapted by Glyn Robbins premiered September 25, 1990 at the Charter Theatre, Preston.

- Lewis’s friend (who was also a former student), Roger Lancelyn Green, read this and all the other Narnia stories BEFORE they were published.

Do you have any favorite quotes from The Horse and His Boy? If so leave them below in a comment.

Here’s some of mine:

“Child,’ said the Lion, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.”


“We’re free Narnians, Hwin and I, and I suppose, if you’re running away to Narnia, you want to be one too. In that case Hwin isn’t your horse any longer. One might just as well say you’re her human.”


“Oh hurrah!” said Shasta. “Then we’ll go North. I’ve been longing to go to the North all my life.”


 “Who are you?” he (Shasta) said, scarcely above a whisper.

“One who has waited long for you to speak,” said the Thing. Its voice was not loud, but very large and deep.


 “Father! Can I box him? Please!”



Douglas Gresham to Speak at Asbury University

Douglas Gresham

Douglas Gresham

This story has been UPDATE – Read that post HERE.


Dr. Devin Brown, noted C.S. Lewis/Narnia scholar from Asbury University, recently confirmed that C.S. Lewis’s step-son, Douglas Gresham, will be speaking at his campus. Dr. Brown is the author of several books, including the recently released biography on Lewis entitled A Life Observed. You can hear an interview with him about that book at the All About Jack Podcast page.

The event, featuring Dr. Brown and Douglas Gresham, is free and open to the public and will be held at the historic Hughes Auditorium on the campus of Asbury University.

This post will be updated as soon as any additional information is available.

The following are the details we have at the moment:

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7 o’clock (with a reception afterwards)

WHERE: Hughes Auditorium at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky


Narnia Books Podcast Series Preview

1950 1951A major step in the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe happened on this day (August 13th) in 1949. That was when C.S. Lewis signed a contract with Geoffrey Bles Ltd.

In honor of this landmark day we offer the following preview of an upcoming podcast series on The Chronicles of Narnia books. The preview below is about 15 minutes and gives you a “taste” of what each of the upcoming seven shows will be like. You can listen to it on this page or download it to your computer or mobile device. A few details are being worked out before being able to announce when the complete shows will be posted, so be sure to check back later to find out.

There will be one show for each Narnia book. Co-hosts for the shows are William O’Flaherty, Paul Martin and Dr. Crystal Hurd. A different special guest will join them for the podcast. Dr. Bruce Edwards will discuss The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Dr. Devin Brown will be the guest for Prince Caspian. 



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Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: The Dark Tower and Other Stories

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’s Book Shelf, where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the land of Narnia, and the Inklings.  Today, we will be looking at the controversial collection, CS Lewis’ The Dark Tower and Other Stories.


Title: The Dark Tower and Other StoriesDark Tower cover

Author: CS Lewis

Edited:  Walter Hooper

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN-10: 0156027704

ISBN-13: 978-0156027700

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Interview with Max McLean from The Screwtape Letters Stage Production

ScrewtapeOnStageIt seems NarniaFans.com catches up with or reports on the stage production of The Screwtape Letters that was adapted by Max McLean at least every two years. I had the honor of taking charge of the task this time around and caught up with him by phone last week. Below are some highlights of that conversation from my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast site. If you want to hear the complete interview just follow this link.

As you may recall, The Screwtape Letters presents the viewpoint of a demon in hell who is trying help his nephew with corrupting a human on earth. If you are unfamiliar with the book, or want a useful reminder of the material consider checking out my special introduction to The Screwtape Letters from my other blog. Keep up with all my work related to C.S. Lewis by visiting EssentialCSLewis.com. Read the rest of this entry »