What Books Make One Great?

A blog I love following, and a great question: What books make one great?

The L. Palmer Chronicles


“This book is the only book you need to read in your whole life. It has everything a book should have: large words, clever witticisms, a sweeping plot which is really an analogy for the whole of society, riveting characters, popularity with critics and scholars, and lots of pages.”

“But does it have pirates?” the boy said.

“Oh, no. Pirates are not literary enough for a book this grand.”

“Does it have dinosaurs?” the youngest girl said.

“Oh no. Dinosaurs are not symbolic enough for a book of such importance.”

“My book has pirates riding dinosaurs into space,” said the middle girl.

“Ooooh,” said the the boy and youngest girl as they leaned away from their eldest sister and read as Captain Platticus wrangled an interstellar triceratops.

Or, to quote the Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith:


“I have a red balloon.

Do you have a red balloon?

I have a red…

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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