At a recent meeting of my book club, one of my friends told us about how a guy friend was teaching her how to play Dungeons and Dragons and had suggested that she read Robert Jordan's Eye of the World, the first installment of the Wheel of Time series. I refrained from rolling my eyes … Continue reading I Want to Start Reading Adult Fantasy, But Where Do I Start?
Chapter V: The Bridge of Khazad-dum The fellowship has found out what happened to Balin and his people in Moria. They’re dead, killed by orcs and whatever evils are down here. Frodo remembers Balin’s long friendship with Bilbo, and how he came to visit them in the Shire long ago. It’s a sweet memory, and … Continue reading LotR Reread: Over the Chasm and Through the Woods
Book Two, Chapter I: Many Meetings Frodo wakes up. Again. He's confused, thinking at first that he's back in Bag End after an illness and that his adventures were a bad dream. Then he realizes that all it did indeed happen. While he's getting his bearings, he asks what time it is, and lo and … Continue reading LotR Reread: Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Baggins
We had a taste of autumnal weather this week-- rainy, with daily highs around 75°F. It was perfect. Until Friday came around, and the temperatures hopped back up to 90°F with humidity somewhere above 80%. Just standing outside makes a person feel miserable. Get here soon, Fall! Because it was so cloudy for most of … Continue reading Sunday Sum Up
The Oscars are tonight, and in their honor I thought I'd write about a few of my favorite book-to-movie features. I know a lot of people dislike adaptations (as well as the book editions that come out featuring stills from the films, if my Pinterest feed is any sign). Characters and events get left out, … Continue reading Book to Movie
I have heard a lot about Lord Dunsany and how he was a major influence on the fantasy writers who came after him. And while I've have Fifty-One Tales on my Nook for quite some time, I had not really delved into this little book until this week. I don't know why. These tales are wonderful. As … Continue reading Fifty-One Tales