Sunday, April 30, 2006

Saving the Best for First

It’s been said by many a fan that The House with a Clock in its Walls was John's best novel because it was also his first.

Our introduction to Lewis and the book’s cozy familiarity have made fans out of readers for years. And while the later tales of Anthony and Johnny – and even Lewis – still send shivers through our fingers as we turn the page, there’s something about coming to New Zebedee that first time.

Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl says on NPR that writers pour their heart and soul into their first books. “Not that they don’t do it for subsequent books, but I think in some cases maybe the best has come out there.”

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