NO SPOILERS HERE
I went and saw the Hobbit this past Saturday and was quite satisfied. The movie itself was 166 minutes, yet when it was all said and done it did not seem like that at all.
My favorite scene was the riddle game with Gollem. The stupidest scene had to be the bridge falling (you will understand when you get to that part).
For the most part Jackson followed the story quite well. He was able to weave backstory items mentioned in the book into the movie (like the council of the wise). There are parts that are pure addition to the story (though the characters do exist in the history of middle earth, just not quite how told) but these additions in no way detract from the story.
The character they cast to play Bilbo was perfect. They tied in the LoTR characters of Bilbo and Frodo in a believable manner.
A great movie, and it was fun watching kids see this timeless tale brought to the big screen.
Note: I saw this in 3D, and while immersive it doesn’t throw things out of the screen at you.
Empire by Michael R. Hicks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Please note that my review of this book is subjective to my likes and dislikes.
I enjoyed this book alot, as my introduction to Mr. Hicks works. The story was well written, the world crafting superb and the alien race well thought out.
The story follows the life of Reza Gard, orphaned during the war against the Kreelan Empire. He ends up captured by the Kreelan and is indoctrinated into their system of warrior training. My Hicks woved growing relationships between the Reza and the Kreelan’s he trained with.
It is a story filled with honor and courage in the face of adversity.
How does a child grow into a man within a totally alien culture? Mr. Hicks answers that question and more; he concludes the first book of this three book series by thrusting Reza back into humanity and the culture shock that follows.
I highly recommend this book if you like SciFi, and even fantasy. The ‘science’ is kept to a minimum as the author focuses on the interactions.
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