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- Doris Lessing has passed away, aged 94. 17/11/2013 03:09:06 PM
- Hooray New Zealand! Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker prize with The Luminaries. 16/10/2013 07:52:47 PM
- 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced 12/09/2013 05:59:04 PM
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- The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug 13/12/2013 10:03:50 AM
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The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug
There already have been plenty of discussions whether or not Tolkien's novel The Hobbit is worth spreading over 3 long films. Much of your enjoyment of the first part, as well as this one depends on whether you instead view the film as "Bilbo's extended adventures in Middle Earth" or if you prefer to be a purist about new characters and details that may have been different in the book.
The second part tunes down some of the silliness and has a somewhat gloomier tone, without abandoning its sense of humor altogether, mind. We also learn more about a few of the dwarves, with quite a few parts during which Bilbo almost becomes a minor character.
The film finds the right timing between calm scenes and action sequences, some of which have the same jump and run character you found in the orc mines of part one. That may be a bit too much for some, but it makes for the kind of outrageously spectacular action you pay to see on a big screen.
What makes this film appear fresher and more interesting than its predecessor are the new locations, breathtakingly beautiful and stunningly designed. Where the first ...
Wives and Daughters (Gaskell), NW (Zadie Smith) and The Moonstone (Collins)
I figured I'd refrain from spamming the board with three separate reviews, and try my hand at writing reviews that are actually (relatively) concise - not usually my strongest suit.
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell is one of the many Victorian writers who remain popular to this day and whose works keep being turned into TV series or movies. I hadn't read anything by her yet, and figured I'd start with this one, possibly her best-known novel.
The novel is in many ways reminiscent of Jane Austen, in terms of setting and plot. Protagonist Molly ...
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
(This is a spoiler-free review of Neil Gaiman's new novel, released on June 18; only the most basic elements of the plot's setup are revealed.)
Once upon a time, when the world and I were younger, I read an entire novel in one day for the first time. I have never been a fast reader; I like to take my time with a story. So the fact that I devoured Neil Gaiman’s ...