Jan. 10th, 2012

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So, I said this year was going to be the year I posted more about books and what I've read, so as I've just finished my first book of the year, time to start.

1. The Hobbit Rating 4/5

Okay, so a re-read technically, but I hadn't read it for a long time, and it was one of the books of the month for my sci-fi/fantasy reading group.

And I don't know, but I actually struggled a little with it. Possibly because I have this whole memory and mythos built up around the whole Tolkien series, the movies, and rereading LoTR, but the Hobbit felt almost too childish now - and not even on a level with some of the good YA books. The prose was very dated, and stylistically I wasn't as impressed as before. The story is still a good one, and there is so many portents of what is to come in LoTR. But I wanted more about the Necromancer, and things like that.

Of course, there could be a number of factors affecting how I feel - I normally read my illustrated copy, but it was in the loft, so it was Kindle this time, which may have affected my enjoyment. Starting it just after the trailer was released was possibly not the best idea ever. That trailer. In Jackson I trust. Possibly a bad move, but if anyone can do it, it's him.

But it's been a while since I've been glad to finish a book to move onto the next one, which is a fascinating response from me. Onward. Next up for me: Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs, and Manhatten in Reverse by Peter F Hamilton.

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