**spoiler alert** Well this was certainly a refreshing change.
A quick look at my favourites list will show that I mostly read dark, heavy and often bl**spoiler alert** Well this was certainly a refreshing change.
A quick look at my favourites list will show that I mostly read dark, heavy and often bleak books. No Country for Old Men, A Clockwork Orange, Watchmen, yeah, cheery books like those. So for me for once it was nice to have a book that was pretty much pure escapism. Normally with my reading choices I've got quite a load of heavy philosophy behind it, with normally some kind of deep, underlining message and theme to it. And as much as I do like that, I was kinda revealing to just have a piece of work that is what it is. A book I can just sit back and enjoy.
So what's the book about then? Well, set in the land of Middle Earth, it is about a Hobbit called Bilbo Baggins who abruptly breaks from his cosy and calm life in Hobbiton after being asked out for an adventure by the wizard Gandalf to kill a dragon that is currently residing on the home the of 13 dwarves he is travelling in. It's a simple premise but a brilliant one.
The thing I think I like most about this book is how quirky and full of life it is. The other LotR books (from what I can gather from the films) often seem heavy-going and plodding, whereas this book nips by at a delightful pace. It is short, in fact almost brutally so. There are literally sections that go something like:
"Gandalf would have stayed, but he had errand somewhere else. But enough about that..."
Literally just like that. This book wastes no time in getting the story told and I admire that. There's a definite air of mystery about this book and I like the fact we are kept in the dark for a lot of the book. So often in books I get
The world created in this interesting and engaging and you genuinely enjoy spending time in it. It was fun meeting Beorn and the three trolls and the Master of the Laketown. It was fun looking at the map at the back and following Bilbo's journey. ...more