Archive for February, 2010

Fellowship of the Ring Start

So, here I am ready to start The Fellowship of the Ring, this part of the read-a-long is hosted over at The Literary Omnivore. I actually started it a few days ago, so I have that going for me and I’m going to try my best to have it finished by the end of this month. I’ve spent the last few weeks moving and I’m certain that has to be some form of my idea of hell. I still have dreams where there is more stuff left to pack and I’m endlessly running around throwing stuff into boxes all night long and waking up more stressed then when I went to sleep. I’m settled for a little while though so expect a flurry of updates, including this one!

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Hobbit Wrap-Up

Wow, this was posted late but I got around to answering it even later! I’m in the middle of a move, we are settled more or less but planning to move again very soon, and so I’ve only now had a chance to do some blogging. I finished The Hobbit nearly a month ago now but I think it’s still fresh enough I can do this wrap-up post.

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The Hobbit

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It’s hard to write a review about a classic like The Hobbit. You can’t help but be awed by the history and literary significance of the books (and I include both The Hobbit and the trilogy that follows when I say this) upon which so much of epic fantasy literature is now based. Everything from the heroes quest to the world building, from the wizards and dragons to the goblins and elves scream fantasy to you and you can’t help but realize that this was one of the first, and that definitely gives you pause and something to think about.

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Twilight

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I must be the last young woman in the country to read Twilight. I started hearing hype on it years ago when I was moderating a forum that was frequented by several teenage girls and they were going crazy on the book. It was the next Harry Potter, according to them. I really wasn’t all that big on vampire novels and so I decided to wait until the series finished before I gave them a whirl. I recently got loaned all four books by my sister-in-law so now I am finally giving them a try. It wasn’t worth the wait.

Just about everyone knows the premise of Twilight. A teenage girl named Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington and while there catches the eye of the hottest most mysterious guy in school. He has several secrets and she is determined to find them out and when she does a great love story ensues. She loves him and he loves her back while at the same time wanting to kill her in a horribly bloody way to drink her sweet, sweet blood. It is all very romantic.

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