Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: The Dark Mountain Chronicles Book One: The House of Envy

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books written by, about, and inspired by C.S. Lewis, The Land of Narnia, and The Inklings. For today’s review, we will be looking at Jennifer K. Johnson’s debut fantasy novel The Dark Mountain Chronicles Book One: The House of Envy!

Title: The Dark Mountain Chronicles Book One: The House of Envy

Author: Jennifer K. Johnson

Publisher: Xulon Press (July 26, 2016)

ISBN-10: 1498480160

ISBN-13: 978-1498480161

Summary:

Deep in the world of the Dark Mountain lays a kingdom bound by the lies and deceptions of Apollyon. Only a few

Cover for The House of Envy

Cover for The House of Envy

know the truth and are dedicated to leading these captives back to the Creator. One such captive is Madam Angeline from the House of Envy. All her life she had been devoted to the Code of Glamour, a way of life that places the self and physical beauty above all else. That is until her sister, Julia casts her out from Hawthorne City, in a power grab.

Angeline is found by a young girl named Ellie and her family, a strange and wondrous group who do not need to be made up like the other people who live within the Dark Mountain. With the guidance of Ellie and her family, Angeline undergoes a remarkable journey home  that shows her a world she never knew existed and causes her to confront many truths she never encountered, learns the meaning of love, undergoes a startling transformation, all leading to a final confrontation with her sister. Read the rest of this entry »

Through A New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans Interview Series: Journey to The House of Envy with Jennifer K. Johnson

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.  For today’s interview we sit down with author Jennifer K. Johnson and discuss her debut novel The Dark Mountain Chronicles: Book One: The House of Envy and her love for the Narnia books.

NARNIAFANS: Tell us a bit about yourself, for our readers that might not know much about you.

Jennifer Johnson: I live in rural Minnesota with my husband and five daughters. I have a BA in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies. I am a stay-home mother and I homeschool my children. I love use writing as a tool to minister to children and teens.

NF: Wow! You certainly keep busy! How do you find time for writing?

JJ: It seems like God provides opportunities. There’s just different moments where God provides times to work on the book. I also like to try and use it as personal devotion time.

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Jennifer K. Johnson

NF:Growing up did you have a favorite Narnia book? Why that one?

JJ: My favorite Narnia book is The Magician’s Nephew. I love how it tells the back story of how Narnia was created and that there are other worlds besides Narnia.

NF: Who was your favorite character?

JJ: I like Reepicheep, especially the scene where Aslan restores his tail. His character is small and some would consider insignificant, but Aslan finds value in him.

NF: In what way would you say that CS Lewis and the Narnia books influenced you as a writer?

JJ: They were the first fantasy books that I loved. It influenced the genre that I chose for my novel. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Barnes to play Marvel Villain

While they may not related to the development of the Narnia films, we do like to keep friends of Narnia up to date on any other big roles cast members from Narnia movies undertake. Today, Marvel Studios has officially announced that Ben Barnes, Prince Caspian in Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been cast in the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series The Punisher as a  Billy Russo, better known to comic book fans as the villain Jigsaw.

Barnes is actually the third Narnia actor to take on a rolls associated with a Marvel Comics property, with actress Tilda

Ben Barnes

Ben Barnes

Swinton portraying the Ancient One opposite Benedict Cumberbatch  (note to all fans of both Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, yes, this means that the White Witch and The Necromancer of Dol Guldur will be in the same movie) in Doctor Strange this fall, while James MacAvoy has been portraying the young Professor Charles Xavier in the films X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

While The Punisher series is part of the same shared Marvel Universe as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers, like the other Netflix shows such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage,  the upcoming Punisher series will be considerably more grim and gritty. Parents and younger viewers are strongly cautioned with the Netflix Marvel shows. That being said, I was never a fan of the Punisher until he showed up in Season 2 of Daredevil ( one of my favorite Marvel heroes) and heard his backstory, and am intrigued to see what they do with the character.

Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters by William O’Flaherty

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books written by, about, and inspired by C.S. Lewis, The Land of Narnia, and The Inklings. For today’s review, we will be looking at the new companion commentary C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters by William O’Flaherty.

Title: C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters

Author: William O’Flaherty

Publisher: Winged Lion Press, LLC (March 15, 2016)

ISBN-10:  1935688111

ISBN-13: 978-1935688112

 

Summary:

From William O’Flaherty, host of the All About Jack Podcast, comes C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters. Consisting of a lengthy glossary of topics and terms in the letters and a series of robust discussion questions, the commentary helps readers probe the deeper questions dealt with the book. O’Flaherty also shares with readers a series of fun facts, his own personal thoughts on the work, some background on the lesser known sequel to Screwtape, and tops it all off with his own original short story. While not a critical analysis, O’Flaherty invites readers and discussion groups to examine the Letters for themselves to learn what lessons they need from C.S. Lewis’ timeless work.screwtapecommentary

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Through A New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans Interview Series: NarniaFans Goes to Hades with William O’Flaherty’s new Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters

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.  For today’s interview, we sit down with William O’Flaherty, host of the All About Jack Podcast, longtime friend of NarniaFans, and the author of new companion commentary on the Screwtape LettersC.S. Lewis Goes to Hell

 

NarniaFans: Tell us a bit about yourself, for our readers that might not know much about you.

William O'Flaherty

William O’Flaherty

William O’Flaherty: Many people falsely believe that I’m an avid reader. I grew up hating to read. In fact, to this day, I have a difficult time reading just about ANY works of fiction. C.S. Lewis is one of the very few that I have read more than one of an author’s fictional works. Related to this, if I can listen to a book, rather than read it, then that’s what I’ll do. So, in the process of writing my book to help people further enjoy The Screwtape Letters, I actually listened to it greater than ten times more than reading it. Grand total, I’ve read or listen to it over 100 times!

 

Apart from my interest in Lewis, some might be surprise to learn that way back in high school I was a hurdler and even ran in the Junior Olympics back in 1981. Professionally, I’m a Mental Health Counselor. In my current position I work full-time as a family counselor.

 

 

NF: Can you give us a quick teaser for Lewis Goes to Hell that will give us an idea of what we’re in for?

WO: C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell is a book about another book, specifically it is an enhanced study guide to The Screwtape Letters. I say “enhanced” because an important unique aspect to it is what called a “Topical Glossary.” This is sort of a mini-encyclopedia of key topics and themes in the letters that allow you to see all the places they are mentioned. I also provide suggested answers to the study questions and cover the follow-up essay entitled “Screwtape Proposes a Toast.” It’s also a very versatile book. An individual can use the book on their own or a small group can use it for a 13 week or longer study.

 

NF: What were your inspirations for writing a commentary on The Screwtape Letters?

WO: Part of what motivated me was the other books out there that are study guides. While I haven’t looked at two of them that actually came out in the last year, I found previous guides were good, but not entirely useful. In fact, you might say the seeds were planted for writing my book back in 2000 when I filled in to teach a Sunday School class. I picked The Screwtape Letters and created my own questions for the group because no single guide had what I thought would work.

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Sony’s TriStar joins production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

The Silver ChairSony Pictures’ TriStar has joined The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company and Entertainment One (eOne) for the production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Screenwriter David Magee has been working on the script for the last few years.

As of this moment:

Release Date: Not set

Cast: Not hired, and will not be the same as before

Director: Not hired

Mark Gordon commented to Deadline: “Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy. We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new.”

C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham added: “It’s been both fun and exciting to work with Mark Gordon and David Magee to develop the next Narnian movie, and now it’s a thrill to welcome TriStar to our Narnia family. I greatly look forward to plunging again into the joys and challenges of once more bringing Narnia to the screen, this time with the wonderful story of The Silver Chair.”

Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce the film.

New Interview with Walter Hooper from Inklings Week at Oxford

Recently, William O’Flaherty  of Essential CS Lewis.com, and longtime friend and contributor for NarniaFans.com, attended the Inklings Week at Oxford. While there, he sat down with an interview with Walter Hooper, the man responsible for editing and preserving many of CS Lewis works. He has graciously shared with us a link to his “All About Jack Podcast” where you can hear the full interview in its entirety.

William O'Flaherty and Walter Hooper

                     Walter Hooper and William O’Flaherty

Among the topics they discuss Hooper’s favorite essays by CS Lewis, some unique stores from tracking down some of Lewis short works, how it felt to actually get a letter from CS Lewis, his feelings on that Hideous Strength, and Perelandra, and the never published edited version of Perelandra. They also talk about which essays of Lewis are essential for readers to encounter, and why Miracles, despite being one of Lewis’ “hard works” just why Christians should make sure to read that book. We also learn whether or not there will be another volume of CS Lewis’ collected letters, now that more have been discovered.

Have a listen bellow.

http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/complete-walter-hooper-interview-2016/

Runtime: 60 minutes.

 

Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Reading CS Lewis: A Commentary by Wesley A. Kort

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, The Inklings and the Land of Narnia. For today’s review we will be looking at Wesley A. Kort’s Reading CS Lewis: A Commentary.

Title: Reading CS Lewis: A CommentaryReading CS Lewis cover

Author : Wesley A.Kort

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN-10: 0190221348

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April Fools 2016 Update: Courtesy of Mr. Alan Smithee and Ms. Kathy Selden

Well, folks, another April Fools has come and gone. Our responses weren’t as numerous as in years past, perhaps because you are all just getting too smart. What’s the old saying “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me?”

Then again, I did have problems connecting it to social media, so that could also be a factor.

Regardless, there is no shame among our dear readers!

 

So, just to reiterate:

1: There is NOT a Till We Have Faces Movie in the works in any capacity. In fact, as one of our readers noticed there was a hint in the post. However, there were actually two hints in the story. That hint came in the name Alan Smithee, it was highlighted. It connects directly to a Wikipedia post about “Alan Smithee” a pseudonym used in the film industry by writers, directors and actors to distance themselves from a project they do not wish to be associated with.  Plus the name of the casting director, Kathy Selden, was the name of the character played by Debbie Reynolds in the movie “Singing in the Rain”. The movie is then, just as real as Mr. Smithee and Ms. Selden. However the statement from Sean Connery is based on actually interview quotes concerning his retirement and his passing on Lord of the Rings and the Matrix.

2.Guillermo del Toro is NOT slated to direct The Silver Chair. Yes, the movie is in the works..We have no news to report at this time. Also, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Doug Jones, Ron Perlman, Lynn Hilary, and John Dempsie are not slated to star in the movie (lets face it, Mr. Holland is going to be very busy with Spider-Man.  That said, much like Christopher  Eccelston, David Tennet and Matt Smith of last year’s joke, Doug Jones would be an inspired choice for the role of Puddleglum.

Special thanks to ArvinJan Allen for helping me hash out this joke!

So, that’s it! And again, please ,feel free to submit jokes to us for next year! And maybe you’ll get to see your name in our wrap-up!

 

APRIL FOOLS! Guillermo del Toro in “Final Talks” to direct The Silver Chair! APRIL FOOLS!

Guillermo del Toro, one of today’s most prolific fantasy film makers, is in “final talks” to step into the directors chair for The Silver Chair. Fans may remember that he was previously attached to The Hobbit movie but had to bow out due to production delays.

del Toro had also been offered the chance to direct The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but turned it down. Sources close to the production say this was his favorite book in the series, and that he “Really liked the script, and was excited about working with the cast.”

Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro

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