The Dark Tower and Other Stories by C.S. Lewis
The Dark Tower contains 6 short stories of fiction by C.S. Lewis.
The story The Dark Tower wasn’t my favorite. It was well written (of course), had its share of excitement, and even started a love story (yay! if you like that sort of thing). But the big downer was this: it is unfinished. I don’t know that I mind it being unfinished; but as soon as the story starts getting good, it’s over, and you’re not far enough into it to draw your own conclusions. I know that sometimes, part of the fun is just imagining how it will turn out. And, perhaps I’m just lazy, but I don’t want to. This should have been a novel; but it wasn’t finished, and I don’t like how now, the unfinished novel turns into a short story (probably just to sell something else with the Lewis name on it, right?)
The four complete short stories after The Dark Tower are all good. They don’t necessarily have happy endings, but they are fun, quick reads, slightly unsettling, and manage to make you think. My favorites were The Man Born Blind and Forms of Things Unknown. They suck you in quickly, and make you want to read more.
The final story in the collection, After Ten Years, is a retelling of a Greek myth. It is interesting — it’s good; but again, it’s unfinished, and by that time, I found myself hoping for a complete story. The Dark Tower was enough incomplete story for one compilation.
If you’re looking for something by Lewis to read that you haven’t, then check it out. Otherwise, I’d say just read the short stories The Man Born Blind and Forms of Things Unknown and save yourself a few hours.
“The point I want to make is that the things I am describing are not over and done with.” — The Dark Tower