After the busy madness in the lead-up to Christmas, I was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief and relax on Christmas Eve. I had an easy drive to my sister's house where I hung out with her family and our parents until the last of us went to bed around midnight. Christmas morning … Continue reading Sunday Sum Up: December 29, 2019
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 Window on the West As the chapter opens, Sam wakes up from an accidental nap and finds Faramir questioning Frodo about their presence in Ithilien and what his business was with Boromir. Both are cagey in their responses; Frodo because he can't reveal the nature of the Quest, and Faramir because he … Continue reading LotR Reread: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls
Chapter VIII: The Road to Isengard The Battle of Helm's Deep is over. The sun has risen, Gandalf has returned, our main heroes have survived, and now there's a forest. Everyone is confused. There wasn't a forest there last night. Everyone things Gandalf is responsible for that, but no, it's not his doing: "Gandalf laughed … Continue reading LotR Reread: The Trees That Hit Back
Chapter VII: Helm's Deep As the chapter opens, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Theoden, Eomer, and a lot of other warriors are riding across the plains of Rohan toward the fortress of Helm's Deep. Why aren't they holing up in Edoras, where the king normally lives? Location, location, location. Edoras is in a great location if … Continue reading LotR Reread: ‘This is the hour when we draw swords together!’
Chapter V: The White Rider After two chapters following Merry and Pippin into Fangorn Forest, we go back to Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. They're just inside Fangorn, investigating the area where they saw the old man the night before. There are no tracks, though. This creeps Gimli out, but Legolas says it's because the grass … Continue reading LotR Reread: All the Pretty Horses
Here begins the second part of The Lord of the Rings. Notice how I said the second part and not second book? Why is that, you ask? It's because Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings as one long book broken up into six parts. Because it was published during the post-WWII shortages (food, paper, … Continue reading LotR Reread: They Went Thataway
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