Revisiting The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Speaking of re-reading classic books, I recently re-read The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I watched the movie and it really motivated me to re-read the book. Now, I have read the book (and the Lord of the Rings triology) many, many times since I first read them in my childhood.  But I don’t think I had re-read The Hobbit for many years. It hasn’t lost its appeal. It just seems like one of those books you can read periodically and get more enjoyment out of; like an old friend –...

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The Narnia Code by Michael Ward

In the end, I think The Narnia Code is a well intentioned attempt to take a detailed academic literary thesis and bring it down to a popular level. For a variety of reasons I am not sure I am best able to judge its success. But it is an interesting subject and will be of great interest to Lewis and Narnia fans.

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Looking for the King by David Downing

While the unique structure, and the underlying mystery, had the potential for an entertaining story I found the combination fell flat. There was no sense of danger, no suspense or surprises, just conversation and a plodding plot. Those with a strong interest in Lewis, Tolkien or the Inklings might enjoy the book just for those aspects but it wasn't enough for me.

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The Children of Odin – The Book of Northern Myths

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have developed a keen interest in myths and fairy tales.  Natural I suppose with my history background as myths are the past handed down in storytelling form; not in the modern sense of history but as art with seeds of the past embedded. I have explored myths in non-fiction and fiction and have dipped into some young adult versions as well.  When I was looking into Odd and the Frost Giants I stumbled upon The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum. ...

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