Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
By JRR Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring:
Bams Says: Brilliant first book to Tolkien's masterpiece. I read it after the movie sadly, but I enjoyed it all the same. I especially enjoyed The Council of Elrond chapter, so much more enjoyable detail then the movie!
The Two Towers
Bams Says: OH! I loved the first book in this book, with Aragorn and Co. Merry, Pippin, and Treebeard touched my heart! The only down side to this book is that it seemed like Sam and Frodo were walking forever! It seemed like it was 20 chapters! >.< But it was all better at the end with SHELOB!
The Return of the King
Bams Says: This one is my favorite of the trilogy. I love this book maybe even more then the movie. I love the Sons of Elrond and The Scouring of the Shire! So wonderful!
Bams Says: I absolutely loved this book! Each chapter holds it own set of stories on the history of Elves and Men. I loved hearing about The Undying Lands and the all of the elves! Highly Recommended if you are a fan of Elves and Middle Earth!
Note from Now: Oh my other fandom. I remember exactly how it all happened. My dad, sister and I went to see Fellowship in theaters. It was good but nothing to go nuts over. Then we saw Two Towers the next year and I was done. I needed to know everything now. I bought the box set of the four books (though I've never actually read The Hobbit, which was the fourth book in the set) and set to work. I flew through the first book, but the damn Frodo and Sam section of book two was horrendous. I must have spent months of study halls working my way through that horrid section. But I was determined.
After I finished the trilogy it was The Silmarillion and lots and lots of fan fiction. I adored Orlando Bloom and elves. I think I even tried to learn Elvish once.. and then there was the comingsoon.net forums, back when it was still spelled BaMBbLeS, where I stayed up til 4 eagerly lapping up any information I could get on the movies.
Now I go see The Hobbit movies, but they aren't the same. I'm not the same. I enjoy them for being part of the world, but they really are meh movies at best.
RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine.