I’m breaking some sort of Reviewer’s Commandment here by telling you that The Magicians just isn’t really a show for me. It’s the magic, you see. Other people have made the assumption about me—as Netflix has—that because I’m drawn to science fiction and fantasy stories, that all it takes to keep my interest is the […]Read more "The Magicians: Season 1 (SyFy) — a review"
I love to travel. On many of our vacations, we will go to a location far from our home, spend a few days exploring, relaxing and socializing, getting into assorted adventures and making lots of memories while procuring additional location-specific magnets to add to our refrigerator collection. We enjoy our time away from home. […]Read more "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Book VI: The End of the Third Age—a book review"
So, here we find ourselves at last, the Black Gate of Mordor has opened and the Final Battle has begun. Nine chapters to go before the end of this great, vast, complicated and textured novel that’s been around more than a decade than I have. Well. . .That’s at the end of Book V, […]Read more "LOTR: The Return of the King: Book V: The War of the Ring— a review"
During at least one iteration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s massive novel The Lord of the Rings the fourth book (and second half of the second volume) was known as “The Journey of the Ringbearers.” In case you had any doubts about Tolkien’s intentions, that is exactly what Book IV is about. We’ve had some excitement […]Read more "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Book IV: The Journey of the Ringbearers – a review"
The Two Towers, the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, is comprised of two “books.” These are Books III and IV, of six books in total. At some point in the novel’s evolution, each of these books were also titled. Book III was “The Treason of Isengard.” This post is […]Read more "LOTR: The Two Towers—Book III: a review"
I know that The Lord of the Rings is not a true trilogy. Any self-respecting nerd knows that. It is one long novel (very long, actually) that is typically separated into three volumes. My writing a review of the first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring, may be considered premature. You may think that I […]Read more "LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: a book review"