Finally finished The Hobbit, and other book commentary

FAIR WARNING, THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD! ARRR!

Apologies to those who were spoiled. Continue reading at your own risk.

I’m the type of person who likes to read the book before seeing the movie. At long last, I’ve finished reading The Hobbit. I’m so sad that I was disappointed! I think my problem was that there was no (in my mind) overarching bad guy–yes, Gollum was near the beginning, the goblins were in the middle and end, and Smaug was not as tough as I thought he’d be. My biggest disappointment was the death of Smaug. I was so hoping it would be Bilbo or one of the dwarves who killed him, but no, it was the newcomer Bard, who was introduced on the previous page. I’m not sure how Peter Jackson’s stringing this on to three movies, but I guess we’ll see.

I’ve been able to finally read a few other books that I received for Christmas/Hanukkah/Birthday last year, and had to put off due to thesis work. Unfortunately, not all of them were good reads. Another sad disappointing recent read was Tamora Pierce’s Mastiff, the last book in the Beka Cooper trilogy. I normally love Tamora Pierce’s books–I have all of the Tortall ones, and most of them on audiobook as well. I call the Alanna books my “happy girl-power books” :-). That being said, I just couldn’t get into Beka Cooper. It took me a couple to times to like the first two books, Terrier and Bloodhound, but Mastiff was a different story. I found the pacing slow, and felt that Beka was a different character, more sullen than in previous books. Even Farmer, who was so George-like in his charades, lost my respect in the prison scene. And let’s not get started with the traitor. Tunstall was such a noble character in the first two books, it’s so hard to believe he would go to such lengths to become a traitor. Sigh.

One book I am excited to read is Babylon Confidential by actress Claudia Christian. It’s so brave of her to be so honest about addiction, and to share it with the world. Hopefully many people who read it will find the help they need.

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