Of Other Worlds

Essays and Stories

Paperback, 256 pages

Published Feb. 14, 2017 by HarperOne.

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I have not read all of the pieces in this book, but what I've read is fantastic. I will make some comments about the pieces I most enjoyed, and list some quotations from each.

"On Stories" is Lewis' quintessential essay about, well, the "story-ness" of stories; it may be likened to Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-Stories," which despite its narrower scope, covers many of the same ideas. Lewis describes the two different ways in which stories are enjoyed by different people, which is really a distinction of the people and not the stories themselves: Through "excitement" or through the greater atmosphere created by the story. He prefers the latter. A few great quotes, completely out of context:

(After describing a scene from [b:Last of the Mohicans|38296|The Last of the Mohicans|James Fenimore Cooper|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320511322s/38296.jpg|2064030]) "Dangers, of course, there must be: how else can you keep a story going? But they must...be Redskin dangers. …
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