Larry Correia is dropping another book bomb today. Of the three novellas being bombed today, there are two that I haven’t read. Then there’s a third that I already own and have already read: “John C. Wright’s” One Bright Star to Guide Them. Since I already own it, I am contributing to the book bomb by writing this review – which I will also repost on Amazon.com.
John C. Wright is one of – if not the – best voices of our generation in science fiction and fantasy. And last year was a banner year for him – a quick search on Amazon reveals seven works he published in 2014:
- The Judge of Ages (Count to a Trillion Book 3)
- The Book of Feasts & Seasons
- Awake in the Night Land
- City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis
- Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth
- Awake in the Night
One Bright Star to Guide Them is an homage and love letter to the works of CS Lewis. Bittersweet – but, importantly, never cynical – it shows the child heroes after they’ve won, returned home, and “grown up” – only to find that the evil they fought as children has returned, to the “real world” this time, and they must fight it again.
It’s a strong story, with a lot to say about the modern world. Yet it never becomes preachy or lets the message get in the way of an enjoyable story. John C. Wright has a wondrously insane (in the best possible way) imagination, and one of the most enjoyable things about reading any of his stories is just seeing where that imagination will take you next.
If you enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia, then One Bright Star to Guide Them is a must read story.
Update: And a very special thank you to Mr. Wright himself for linking back to this review!
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