Category Archives: Epic Legend or Myth

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug was a highly enjoyable film, assuming you check your copy of the Hobbit at the door. Much of the key elements of the book were downplayed in favor of new plots and subplots that were totally of Jacksons’ own creation. In many ways this worked well, as that it became a bit more of an adult movie rather than a children’s book. Continue reading

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A Total review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: including the book, the audiobook, the audio drama, the animated TV program and the new movies

In celebration of the release of the new Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson, and after having been asked to review the BBC audio drama of it by AudioGO, I thought it was a good time to do another 360° review (the last one being the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). To see it, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Grendel, John Gardner (Ballantine Books, 1971)

Grendel is John Gardner’s post-modern and existentialist retelling of Beowulf from the monster’s point of view. Fun, funny and yet still thought provoking it is a must read. For a more in depth review, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com

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