Month: September 2017

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

Featuring Dwarves, Wizards, Elves, dragons, gold, and little people called Hobbits that live in holes, J.R.R Tolkien’s classic work The Hobbit has stood the test of time and continues to be widely read today. It was first published in 1937 by George Allen and Unwin Ltd., and would fall under the fantasy genre.
Bilbo Baggins is a very well-to-do, respectable Hobbit. He never does anything unexpected or goes on any adventures. All that will change when a wandering Wizard, Gandalf the Grey by name, shows up for tea, bringing with him thirteen rowdy Dwarves. These Dwarves are the Company of Thorin Oakenshield, and they are determined to reclaim their homeland from the evil dragon Smaug, “Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities”. Gandalf recruited the unwilling Bilbo to be a professional Burglar, and he will-albeit reluctantly-accompany Thorin and his Dwarves on their dangerous quest through Wilderland. Will the Company of Thorin Oakenshield be able to defeat Smaug to reclaim their homeland and gold from the greedy dragon? Will Bilbo ever see his beloved hole again?
Tolkien writes with amazing imagery and excellent dialogue, and his use of detail is immense. The Hobbit flowed very well and will captivate you whether it is your first read or your tenth. This book is an easy to medium read. I would highly recommend it for ages 8+; it was originally written for children, but people of all ages have enjoyed read this prequel to his other great work, Lord of the Rings. A charming story, wonderful characters, and admirable morals. 5 out of 5 stars.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

 

Artemis Fowl

Brimming with action, intrigue, crime, technology and fairies; Artemis Fowl is a gripping read for teen booklovers. Written by Eoin Colfer and published by Disney • Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; this book would fall under the fantasy genre.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old child prodigy. His family-the Fowl family-are legendary criminals, and have made a fortune dealing on the wrong side of the law for generations. Artemis is no exception, and neither was his father, Artemis Senior; who mysteriously disappeared some time before, after his ship exploded while it was at sea. Artemis is convinced his father is still alive and is determined to find him. However, what he intends to do requires money…something the Fowls are running low on. Artemis knows just how to attain the funds he needs: kidnapping a fairy to acquire fairy gold. The fairy he kidnaps just happens to be an Elf named…Holly Short.
Captain Holly Short is a female officer in LEPrecon. Known as “leprechauns” in human lore, they are an elite division of the Lower Elements Police force. They protect all the fairies that live beneath Earth’s surface in huge cities that (they think) humans know nothing about, and they are determined to keep it that way. If the humans found out that there were armed and deadly fairies living below them, there would surely be consequences. So far, they have succeeded in remaining hidden; or so they think…until one of their own is captured by a juvenile human.
How did he know where to find them? Will Holly be able to escape the boy genius’s grip and foil his evil plot? The fairies are bound by ancient laws and have specific boundaries regarding humans…but what if they stop playing by the rules? Will Artemis attain what he needs to locate his father?
Eoin Colfer writes with excellent imagery and a good dose of comedy. His use of dialogue is fairly good; and the story flows very well with no dull spots. I would recommend this book for ages 13+; as there is an occasional inappropriate word and some mild rude humor.
Artemis Fowl is a riveting story with genuine characters and is a thoroughly enjoyable read. 3.5 out of 5 stars.