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message 1: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn you haven't read it yet, Eric? I'm surprised...didn't you already read the Lord of the Rings?

message 2: by Eric (last edited Nov 18, 2012 10:07PM) (new)

Eric Allen I've read it MANY times, actually. In fact, it was probably the first book I ever actually read on my own, far more years ago than I'd like to admit haha. I'm re-reading it again before the movie comes out. Thought I'd write a review of it to publish in the month that the movie is released.

And holy crap you're fast, I just added this two seconds ago...

message 3: by Jocelyn (last edited Nov 18, 2012 10:12PM) (new)

Jocelyn Eric wrote: "I've read it MANY times, actually. I'm re-reading it again before the movie comes out. Thought I'd write a review of it to publish in the month that the movie is released.

And holy crap you're f..."

Oh god, I cannot wait until the movie!

No, I just happened to be lucky enough to log onto Goodreads and see this on my update exactly the same moment you added this.

message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris McGrath I'm reading this for the first time after about 15 years of reading fantasy. So far I'm terribly unimpressed, though I'm always interested in hearing why people like stuff that I don't...

message 5: by Eric (last edited Nov 19, 2012 05:20PM) (new)

Eric Allen I think it's more the nostalgia value for me. As far as stories go, it's got its problems. The thing I most dislike about the book is that Bilbo is an incredibly weak and whiny protagonist. All he does is complain, and whenever he gets into a tight spot either Gandolf comes to the rescue, or he finds some inexplicable something-or-other that fixes everything. He never actually has to do a single thing on his own strength and abilities. He just sort of drifts with the plot, complains about everything, and finds Dues Ex Machina by the dozens.

Still though, my father read this book to me when I was very young. It's one of my earliest memories. When I began reading on my own, it was the first one I picked up to test myself with. I read it to all of my younger siblings as they grew up in my father's stead because he had to work like a dog just to support us all. It's not the book itself that I love, it's the things that it makes me remember.

message 6: by Eric (last edited Nov 19, 2012 05:28PM) (new)

Eric Allen Using the Lord of the Rings as an example, as it was written by the same author. Take Sam. He starts out weak and whiny kind of like Bilbo, but by the end of his journey he's learned from his travels, and he's become more than he was in the beginning. I think of him as the true hero of the Lord of the Rings. Near the end he storms a fortress alone to save Frodo, and then he practically carries him on his back across the entirety of Mordor. By the end, he's become brave, self-confident, strong, and heroic. By the end of the Hobit, Bilbo is still the whining little weakling he was at the beginning. It's fine for a character to be weak at the beginning of a book. But the entire purpose of a story is for them to overcome their weaknesses, and become better people, and Bilbo never really does.

It's not that I'm picking on the Hobbit, or calling it a horrible book. It's just that the fact that the main character doesn't develop is a bit annoying to me. I still love it for the nostalgia value that it has, despite any flaw it may also have.

message 7: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan I love it too but it is weaker than The Lord of the Rings. Tokien apparently didn't love The Hobbit compared to his other books and while I like the book due to nostalgia I don't like it like I do the more developed The Lord of the Rings.

message 8: by Chris (new)

Chris McGrath I have read that tolkein considered sam to be the hero of the story as well, so your interpretation is correct :)

message 9: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey Stokker Wow, the memories that this book inspires. I think it's like that for most people. My grandfather died when I was very young and it was through this novel that I learnt more about him and how we were alike. So like Eric and how the book brings back memories of his father, this brings back memories of my grandfather (even if they have nothing to do with the Hobbit).

message 10: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn Eric wrote: "He remains, to this day, the ONE AND ONLY author I have ever read that made good use of the Third Person Omniscient perspective."

Hmm, I have to disagree. You mentioned once that you've read Ranger's Apprentice, right? I thought John Flanagan did a brilliant job with 3rd person omniscient. I'm not sure if you've read Narnia, but Lewis did pretty well with the perspective in his novels as well.

Sorry if I'm being a dick...nitpicking is one of my many talents :)

message 11: by Eric (new)

Eric Allen This is the only book I've ever read in my life where it didn't bother me. It bothered me in both Narnia and Ranger's Apprentice. *shrug* I just really hate it, and this is the only book I've ever read that it wasn't objectionable in.

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