The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
So this book bored me so much I forgot to read it for awhile. And then forgot to blog about it too.
I remember starting this one when I was younger, and got to the part where they get into Narnia by being sucked into the painting. And when it was set at sea I think I said “umm, no thanks” and didn’t continue. Which is both bad and good because perhaps if I had read it, I would have remembered being bored off my ass and wouldn’t have bothered to reread.
Anyway, Edmund, Lucy, and their rotten cousin Eustace get thrust into Narnia through the painting. I don’t think the how of it was ever explained. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I was called into a magic land and I started out in the middle of the sea, I’d be pissed. No dunkings for me, thanks.
The ship, The Dawn Treader, is King Caspians and the kids meet up with him three Narnian years later. Maybe I’m just overreacting, but I think it’s kind of bullshit that Narnia time just runs at whatever speed suits CS Lewis for the adventure to be set appropriately. First time they’re gone for years, IRL time it’s just like a second. K, I can deal with time in our world running at no pace when it’s running in Narnia. But then in Prince Caspian, it’s been like hundreds of years, but IRL just a couple if even that. This time, a year has gone by and in Narnia, three. Pick some pacing! This gets even worse in the next book, btw.
So Caspian and his crew are searching for seven lost dudes from when his dad was king. It’s this great adventure. And Reepicheep (the mouse) wants to find Aslan’s country and live there forever. They are at sea a lot, land on islands of great peril and whatnot – the first one they get sold into slavery! Eep! Another has water that turns everything into gold! Invisible people on another one, skeeeeery.
They find all the lords in one way or another, Reepicheep finds Aslan’s land, the kids make it back to earth. Oh, and Lucy and Edmund are told they are now too old and can’t come back to Narnia. I don’t think this inspires much faith in adults. And they’re like 10 or whatever, how is that too old? I don’t remember how old Eustace is, but I’m pretty sure he isn’t younger than Lucy anyway, and his ass gets to come back.
Oh, and at one point Eustace turns into a dragon for awhile, but Aslan saves him. And then he isn’t a rotten boy anymore. Caspian also meets the daughter of a Star (yeah, the things in the sky), and later on marries her. Natch!
So….boring. Hopefully the next one is better.
And as for that Baby-sitters Club stuff, that’s on hold for now. The method I was going to use for reading got taken down, damn copywrites anyway. No clue where my old books are, that is being looked into, so in the meantime I will eventually finish Narnia and move onto something else, hopefully less snore worthy.
Next time: The Silver Chair