My Favorite Stories
'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy
The Belgariad Series
'The Elric Saga'
The 'Amber' series
'The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'
'The Damned' series
'The Meetings Sextet'
'The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever'
* - The first five books (The Corwin Books) were written over about a fifteen year period and are considered to be some of the best fantasy every written by most fans of the genre. The second five books (The Merlin Books) were written in about five years and although they are a part of the Amber series they just do not shine like the first five. If the second five books are viewed apart from the Corwin books they are excellent fantasy but they still pale in comparison to the Corwin books.
** - I really think that Adams wrote this book to simply get his fans off of his
back. That's the feeling that I got from it. It was not of the normal high
quality that Adams is known for and it ends in such a way that the series is done. I
can't blame him for doing this I just wish it'd been done in a better fashion.
Book and Story Reviews...
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
In my opinion Tolkien defined what fantasy writing is with The Hobbit. Much has been written about this tale of adventure. Many have drawn correlations between events in this classic and actual events that took place in Europe around the time of its writing. My feelings on those correlations comes down to this: I simply don't care. I'm not going to pretend to know what Tolkien was implying with The Hobbit. I enjoy this story for what it is, a wonderful journey filled with adventure and suspense.
This story revolves around a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo is a very unlikely adventurer. First off, he's not the adventuring type. He's a small peaceful man that loves his food and drink and could care less about running off with thirteen Dwarves in search of a treasure. But, that is what he does. Even if it wasn't his idea. Bilbo reminds me of a mild mannered bank teller and not the sword carrying barbarian that usually fills fantasy novels. Here we have an ordinary individual that finds that he's not so ordinary after all. Something that we all could aspire to be. A person that has many fears but is strong enough to over come those fears and do something that so many do not... To go from here to there and back again.
Now, I'm not the one to ruin a story for someone. If you've not read The Hobbit and you
like fantasy, read it. I've been over my copy many times. When there's nothing else in the
house to read that catches my fancy, I read it again. It's just that kind of a story. If
there were only one book for me to read for the rest of my life, The Hobbit would be it.
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