Shannara isn’t perfect, but gives me hope

Ever since the movie versions of Lord of the Rings appeared, I've been living in hope more epic fantasy novels will roar to life onscreen. I love the LOTR movies so much, will never be tired of them. They represent everything I most love about the fantasy genre (and value in life) -- adventure, discovery, … Continue reading Shannara isn’t perfect, but gives me hope

Thoughts on The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies

And so we come to the third and final installment of The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies, which wraps up this humble little story well. In the context of the first two Hobbit movies I was not disappointed. It's always wonderful to sit back and experience a few hours in Peter Jackson's … Continue reading Thoughts on The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies

Thoughts on The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

As a huge fan of the Peter Jackson et al movies set in Middle Earth, I once again rocked up to the latest installment of The Hobbit hoping it would be wonderful. Once again I enjoyed the movie --  the lavish and dedicated depiction of Tolkien's fantastical world, the rousing adventure, the eye candy in … Continue reading Thoughts on The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

Thoughts on The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit movie (part 1 -- An Unexpected Journey) has finally arrived. Given my love of the three Lord of the Rings movies, I have looked forward to this day with excitement and some trepidation -- could the dramatisation of this humble book possibly live up to the magnificence of LOTR? And what's with stretching it … Continue reading Thoughts on The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

When you read, do you hear voices in your head?

One of the reasons I enjoy audiobooks so much, aside from their role in alleviating my commuting boredom, is due to the interpretation given to the text by a good reader/narrator. Often actors and performers, these good narrators not only give texture and inflection to the narrative, but also tend to put on voices to … Continue reading When you read, do you hear voices in your head?

Journeying through Middle Earth again

The imminent arrival of the new Hobbit movie (part 1) to our cinemas has me indulging in yet another viewing of the movies that started it all: Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love these movies. I'll never forget the first time I saw Fellowship of the Ring. I went a couple … Continue reading Journeying through Middle Earth again