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Movie Review: The Desolation of Smaug

I had a lot of fun going to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Before we went, we watched the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as some of the special features. I am particularly glad I watched the features on creating the dwarves and the process by …

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo Baggins is the center of The Hobbit and Martian Freeman, Peter Jackson and the script writers nailed his paradoxical combination of bravery and cowardice, adventuring spirit and homebody tendencies. While the movie may have overemphasized those moments when Bilbo and hobbit-spirit triumphed, I found I didn’t mind the music …

The Hobbit

I remember when the trailer for The Return of the King came out.  There was a great deal of jumping around and shrieking.  This was repeated recently when all our cell phones beeped simultaneously and M, N and I all got messages from E to “check Facebook right now!”  She …

Foundations: My Seminal Fantasy Books

The other day I was re-reading Judith Tarr’s The Hound and the Falcon trilogy, and it got me thinking about what are seminal fantasy books/series for me.  To start off my list, here are three authors that my mother read aloud to my siblings and me, all of which have …