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message 1: by Werner (new)

Werner The Hobbit is one of my favorite fantasy works (as is the LOTR trilogy), and I'd certainly call it a modern classic. But I've never, for a minute, ever thought of it as a kid's book. (I didn't encounter it for the first time until I was in my late teens or early 20s.)

You're right, too, IMO, about how it cries out to be read aloud. It was one of the first books I ever read to my wife (she enjoys being read to, as well as reading); she loved experiencing it that way, and I had a blast doing different voices for some of the different characters. :-)


message 2: by Chris (new)

Chris Thank you so much for sharing that story about reading the HObbit to your wife.

I'm not sure what age I read it. I know I read LOTR around age 7, so I must have read the Hobbit before.


message 3: by Whitaker (new)

Whitaker Nice. Makes me want to read it again.


message 4: by Trice (new)

Trice I grew up listening to a really wonderful audio version of The Hobbit (I have no recollection of the 1st time I heard it), but I don't think I ever thought of it as a children's story, even so.

I would really like to find the Harold Bloom and A.S. Byatt articles/essay you mention at the beginning of the review, but am not having so much luck with google - any chance you have the url's?


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Someone (or a group of someones) reposted Bloom's article here about HP under a sock puppet they made of Harold Bloom. I'm pretty sure they didn't mess with the text in any way. The comment thread is totally funny.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 6: by Trice (new)

Trice Ceridwen wrote: "Someone (or a group of someones) reposted Bloom's article here about HP under a sock puppet they made of Harold Bloom. I'm pretty sure they didn't mess with the text in any way. The comment thread ..."

thanks!
also found A.S.Byatt's article on Harry Potter


message 7: by Robert (new)

Robert Delikat And speaking of dissing poor ol' Tolkien, I don't think anyone does it quite so well as China Mieville:

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/279616-when-people-dis-fantasy---mainstream-readers-and-sf-readers

Oh, and BTW, nice review, Chris, thanks.


message 8: by Chris (new)

Chris Thanks Robert, for the kind words and the link ( I respectful disagree with China Mieville, though I love some of his books. He is right about some of Tolkien's heirs though).


message 9: by Christine (new)

Christine Marie HARRY POTTER WILL ALWAYS BE A CLASSIC!!!!!!! You can just TELL it has the makings of one, you know?


message 10: by Chris (new)

Chris I totally agree, at least in regards to first 3 books. I'm not sure about the last Potter, though.


message 11: by Christine (new)

Christine Marie Chris wrote: "I totally agree, at least in regards to first 3 books. I'm not sure about the last Potter, though."

Yeah, some of the books weren't as good as others, but overall the series has that timeless quality.


message 12: by Chris (new)

Chris Just adding a note after talking with someone who is a huge Kili/Fili fan in terms of the movie - man, I feel so sorry for those people who don't know how it is going to end.


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