Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien.
ISBN: 0-00-675402-3
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Publisher: Collins

The classic story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures through Rivendell, Mirkwood, and Erebor; released in a new paperback format. Easily one of the most famous children's books of modern times, "The Hobbit" is a must read and this edition will bring it to life for a whole new generation of readers. Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home. Then, one day, the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again. "The Hobbit" became an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and nearly 70 years later, Tolkien's epic tale of elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure, with its reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, has become a timeless classic. This new children's edition of "The Hobbit", with a refreshed cover, will bring this classic story to a whole new generation of readers."

This is a book I've been meaning to read for ages, especially after being a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies. As I was reading this, it made me wish I had loved to read as a child, as I would have totally loved this book back then too.
I'm currently trying to get my 10 year old son to read it, but sadly like I was at his age, he doesn't want to read. Hmmm.

Anyway, I totally loved this book, it was better than I thought it would be. It was an exciting read and very enjoyable. It wasn't long until I was lost within the pages and hooked. I've not read much in the way of fantasy fiction, and if I can find more books like this then I'd be hooked.

Now I have to read The Lord of the Rings series!

My Rating: An Exciting Fantasy Novel!


Kailana said...

Reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy is an excellent investment, I think. The movies are good, but the books give you the whole story. :)

Daphne said...

I read The Hobbit in middle school I think but haven't read it since. I did read the Lord of the Rings trilogy a few years ago and they are excellent. I always think it is interesting to see how much gets changed when they make a movie of a book. I really should reread The Hobbit one of these days...

Is your son interested in the Harry Potter books at all? Those might be the ticket to getting him hooked on reading.

Margo. said...

Hi Daphne, No he isn't interested in those either. He loves the movies though.

One book he loved was prince Caspian from the Narnia Chronicles, but since then he's not been interested in reading.

Kailana, I'm going to get the LOTR's trilogy. I can't wait to read them. :)

Camille said...

If you're looking for more fantasy, maybe try the Earthsea books by Ursula K. LeGuin. It starts with A Wizard of Earthsea. Also, I love love love the Green Sky Trilogy by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. The first one of those is Below the Root. Both suggestions are YA novels.

Thanks for visiting me. I'll be back!

Margo. said...

Thanks Camille, I'll be looking out for those authors. ;)