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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APRIL FOOLS ! BREAKING NEWS! Till We Have Faces Movie Announced APRIL FOOLS!

For decades CS Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, has been considered his greatest work of fiction. Now, producers at 20th Century Fox’s Fox Faith Films ( Thr3e, House, and The Last Sin Eater) have announced that a big screen adaptation of the book will hit theaters February 14, 2018. The film will be directed by Alan Taylor ( Thor: The Dark World). Between his work on the second Thor movie and Game of Thrones, Taylor has proven he has some serous fantasy

Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces


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Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews where we review any and all books written by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, The Land of Narnia, and The Inklings. For today’s book review we will be looking at Diana Pavlac Glyer’s new book Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings.
Title: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

Author: Diana Pavlac Glyer

Illustrator: James A Owen

Publisher: Kent State University Press ( December 8,2015)

ISBN-10: 1606352768

ISBN-13: 978-1606352762

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The Silver Chair is both a Relaunch and a Reboot?

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

Mark Gordon was interviewed by Collider recently, and they took the opportunity to ask about the status of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.

Mark Gordon’s comments confirmed that they’ll be re-casting Eustace.

He told Collider: “We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We’re very excited about it.”

When asked if we’d see any of the cast from the prior movies, he answered: “No, it’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”

So that means no Andrew Adamson and no Michael Apted. The question is… does this mean no Liam Neeson as Aslan? (Side note: Brian Cox was originally cast as Aslan before Neeson came on board and replaced him after Cox’s voice changed when he lost a bunch of weight.)

But what does “all original characters” mean? Collider asked him “to clarify if these were entirely new character creations or existing characters in the Narnia mythology that have yet to get the movie treatment, and he confirmed the latter. The new characters will come ‘from the world’ of Narnia.”

I’m guessing this also means a new logo style, new look for Aslan, and a new feel for the franchise. Some have thought the movies were trying to be “The Lord of the Rings” for kids. I’ve appreciated it, but I’m curious to see where it goes from here.

Will they go far enough to make Narnia feel like its’ own thing?

And what is actually meant by this being a “brand new franchise?” Does this mean they eventually plan to go back and re-make the other three films? I’m not really sure that it’s a good idea to start in the middle of the story like this, and then go back…

Either way, we’ll see what happens next!

CS Lewis: In His Majesty’s Secret Service

The Wartime record of CS Lewis during the first World War has been well documented in his letters and biographies, and most fans of his work know of his wartime broadcasts that in time became the book Mere Christianity. However, a recently uncovered recording sheds light on a still classified part of his life: his work with the government organization known as MI6 during World War II.

No, he didn’t go on any dangerous missions to tangle with the likes of Ernst Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger, but Lewis’ C.S. Lewisservice to his country was something even more important. Harry Lee Poe at Christianity Today sheds some light on this through a recently discovered audio recording.


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Douglas Gresham talks about the filming order and why The Silver Chair is next

Douglas GreshamThe next video has been released from a conversation with Douglas Gresham about The Silver Chair. In this video, he talks about the reasoning for the order of the movies, starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and going all the way through to The Silver Chair. The reason? Because of the actors and/or characters.

Why is The Silver Chair the next Narnia movie? Find out…

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New C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien Book: Bandersnatch

Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the InklingsA new book is coming that highlights the creative collaboration of the Inklings. It’s by Diana Pavlac Glyer (author of The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community) and features illustrations by James A. Owen (author and artist of The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica).

This one is called Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings and it’s available to pre-order now!

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings met each week to read and discuss each other’s work-in-progress, offering both encouragement and blistering critique. How did these conversations shape the books they were writing? How does creative collaboration enhance individual talent? And what can we learn from their example?

Bandersnatch offers an inside look at the Inklings of Oxford, and a seat at their table at the Eagle and Child pub. It shows how encouragement and criticism made all the difference in The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and dozens of other books written by the members of their circle. You’ll learn what made these writers tick, and more: inspired by their example, you’ll discover how collaboration can help your own creative process and lead to genius breakthroughs in whatever work you do.

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R.I.P. Bruce L. Edwards, Narnia and C.S. Lewis Scholar, Retired Bowling Green Professor

Dr. Bruce L. EdwardsDr. Bruce L. Edwards Jr., of Willow, Alaska, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Methodist West Hospital in Katy, Texas.

He was born on September 5, 1952 to Betty Lou (Klever) and Bruce L. Edwards Sr. in Akron, Ohio. On September 28, 1973 he married Joan (Lungstrum) Edwards.

Bruce L. Edwards, Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He served as a faculty member and administrator at BGSU for 31 1/2 years. He has served as Fulbright Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya (1999-2000), a Bradley Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC (1989-90), and as the S. W. Brooks Memorial Professor of Literature at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (1988).

Bruce was born in Akron, OH, attending the Akron City Public Schools. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1977, and received his Masters Degree in English from Kansas State University in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, writing his dissertation on the literary criticism of C. S. Lewis.

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