The Inklings Series is a monthly series featuring the works of my two favorites, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, or books about them. But I don’t want it to be just me chatting about these books, so that’s where y’all come in! I’ll announce the book at least four weeks in advance of when the discussion post will go live, so you have plenty of time to get the book and read it. Then, the following month, I’ll post a discussion post and let the fun begin!! Here you’ll be able to find the latest book we’re reading and check out the ones we’ve already discussed (please feel free to add your thoughts to those too).
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That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
Written during the dark hours immediately before and during World War II, C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, of which That Hideous Strength is the third and final volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus’s The Plague and George Orwell’s 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of its moral concerns.
The final book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. The dark forces that were repulsed in Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are massed for an assault on the planet Earth itself. Word is on the wind that the mighty wizard Merlin has come back to the land of the living after many centuries, holding the key to ultimate power for that force which can find him and bend him to its will. A sinister technocratic organization is gaining power throughout Europe with a plan to “recondition” society, and it is up to Ransom and his friends to squelch this threat by applying age-old wisdom to a new universe dominated by science. The two groups struggle to a climactic resolution that brings the Space Trilogy to a magnificent, crashing close.
Discussion date: March 16, 2017
(Please feel free to still join in any of the discussions!)
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis | May 21, 2014
The Children of Húrin by J. R. R. Tolkien | June 18, 2014
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis | July 16, 2014
Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of a Friendship by Colin Duriez | August 20, 2104
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis | September 17, 2014
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien | October 15, 2014
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis | November 19, 2014
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien | January 21, 2015
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis | February 18, 2015
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis | March 18, 2015
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien | April 15, 2015
If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis by Alister McGrath | May 20, 2015
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis | June 17, 2015
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien | July 15, 2015
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis | August 19, 2015
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis | September 16, 2015
Bedelived by Colin Duriez | October 21, 2015
Mere Christianity By C.S. Lewis | November 18, 2015
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, Part 1 | December 16, 2015
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, Part 2 | January 20, 2016
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis | February 17, 2016
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte | March 16, 2016
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis | April 20, 2016
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis | May 18, 2016
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis | June 15, 2016
Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien | August 31, 2016
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis | September 21, 2016
All Hallow’s Eve by Charles Williams | October 19, 2016
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis | November 16, 2016
Bilbo’s Last Song and Boxen by Tolkien and Lewis | December 21, 2016
Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis | January 19, 2017
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by J.R.R. Tolkien | February 16, 2017
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