This is just a quick post, but an important one nonetheless. I have been keeping a close eye on all things Hobbit for some time. So I got extremely excited a couple of days ago when I received a Tweet through my phone.
I held my breath. No! Could it really be?! I followed the link (which you can read here if you wish) but to summarize it in short; Peter Jackson and several others got the chance to watch back a lot of the footage and realized that they potentially had enough material to extend it into three films instead of the expected two fans have been looking forward to. By doing this they might also be able to include extra’s from the Lord of the Rings appendixes padding out our favourite world into even more rich detail. However, they still needed the go ahead from actors, studio’s etc.
Well, today I got this through my phone:
And this statement was released on the film’s Facebook page:
“It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made.
Overall Impression: An endless book of fabulous fantasy and childish imagination.
Way back in February after completing a set of exams I decided to reward myself with a book spurge. The Complete Fairytales by The Brothers Grimm was one of those books. Since then, fairytales seem to have become some sort of trend, making appearances in both the TV and film industries. Which does make me wonder, why did I decide to pick up the Brothers Grimm this year? Was it really on a whim? Or did it get into my subconscious?
Another reason I chose this book is because two of the stories are on The Rory Gilmore Challenge (Rapunzel, and Snow White and Rose Red) and being the type of person who never likes to do things half way, I though hey, why not read ALL the Grimm fairytales?! 🙂
‘The stories have immense vitality…no punches are pulled…no emotion is unrepresented’
– Margaret Atwood
Wolves and grandmothers, the seven dwarfs, a goose made of gold…the folk tales collected by the Grimm brothers created an astonishingly influential imaginative world. However, this is also a world where a woman cooks her stepson and an evil queen dances to death in a pair of burning shoes. Violent, funny, disturbing and wise, these stories have intrigued both children and adults for generations.
I actually had to do some research before purchasing this book so I would like to warn anyone interested in reading the Grimm Fairytales to do the same. The reason for this is that there are a lot of books out there claiming to be the complete version, when in actual fact they are not. There are a lot of different volumes due to the fact that the Brothers Grimm didn’t publish them all in one go. The official number of tales is 210, so this is the number you should look for. My version however boasts on it’s back cover 279 stories, and claims to be the only complete edition available because it also includes The Omitted Tales, Selected Tales from the annotation of 1856, Jacob Grimm’s Tales, Published Tales and finally Selected Tales from the Posthumous Papers of the Brothers Grimm. These are extra bonus stories for those that are interested. So if your looking for the best book to go for, I would say this is definitely the one to pick! 🙂
Ok so here’s a random and vaguely related anecdote: There is currently a lot of DIY going on in my house, which means there are toolboxes and various pieces of equipment in my room. A couple of days ago my mum was helping me carry some stuff up there and I carefully reached over a mass of tools to turn on a plug, at which point I told her “You know we should move these because one day I’m going to actually step on that sword” She looked at me puzzled and said “sword?” At which point I replied “yes” She laughed “I think you mean SAW?”
I’ve been spending way too much time in the literary world lately, either that or art work’s fried my brain. Anhoooows thought you might find that vaguely amusing.
Now on with the post!
My book buying habit has reached an almighty high. I have never owned so many. You could say I’m a bit of book hoarder. Around a month ago I went up to my room with a fresh batch of brand new beautiful shiny books to place proudly on my shelves, only to realize that I had no space left. This isn’t the first time that this has happened either, except this time, it was on a somewhat larger scale. Luckily salvation was just around the corner in the form of a very thoughtful friend who donated to me one of her old bookshelves. So the problem is fixed – temporarily.
BUT I’ve already filled that bookshelf up, I’m now precariously squishing another layer onto it.
(To read my review of the previous book from the Inheritance Cycle, Eldest click here)
Overall Impression: Elegantly written, but with a little too much Dwarf politics and sword searching for my liking….
Brisingr is the third installment in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. It was originally intended to be the final book of the trilogy. However when Paolini was writing it he realized he couldn’t possibly fit the entirety of what he wanted to say into one book, and therefore expanded it into a four book cycle instead.
Rereading this book I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it much more than the first time. On my original reading I only remember coming away from the book very disappointed and strongly believing someone should sack the editor. However even though I enjoyed it more this time, I still feel it is the weakest book of the series so far.
(To read my review of the first book from the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon click here)
Overall Impression: A great tale, with a jaw dropping ending that will have you desperately reaching for the next book.
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the forces of Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of a Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust.
Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger…
*PLEASE NOTE: If you have not read the first book Eragon this review will contain spoilers, however this review will not contain any major spoilers from the book Eldest*
The second book from the Inheritance Cycle is split into three different character viewpoints that overlap/interlink with each other. The majority of the book is taken up by Eragon, the protagonist from the first book. The story begins with the aftermath of the battle at Farthen Dûr. The Varden are demoralized and are taking time to regroup when suddenly another attack is launched. Continue reading
Overall Impression: A farm boy destined for greatness, ferocious dragons, powerful magic, and an evil King. This has all the great elements of a traditional fantasy book.
I remember so well the first time I saw this book. I stumbled across it browsing in Waterstones when I was 11 years old. I was captivated by its amazing front cover with its beautiful blue hues, stylish gold typography, and incredibly detailed illustration that I was completely in awe of. I got the book for Christmas that year and read it straight away. It was probably the first proper fantasy book I ever read. Now, with the release of the new book in the series Inheritance, I’ve decided to reread the series to refresh my mind, before reading the conclusion of Eragon’s epic story.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands….
Eragon lives in the village Carvahall, along with his Uncle Garrow, and his cousin Roran. His mother abandoned him at birth, and he has never known who his real father is. After Eragon discovers the mysterious blue stone he tries to sell it for food, but is rebuffed. The following week he attempts to sell it to the visiting merchants, who also refuse to buy it, but tell him of mysterious, foreboding events that are spreading across Alagaësia.