Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on 2008
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again.The Hobbit became an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and more than 60 years later Tolkien's epic tale of elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure, with its reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, has lost none of its appeal.Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children's fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published - it was the Harry Potter of its generation. With new Lord of the Rings movies around the corner, this special Children's edition is designed to put the book back where it belongs - at the top of every child's 'must-read' list.
For years, I had been hearing great things about The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but I never really thought they seemed all that appealing, so I ignored them. However, I originally felt the same way about Harry Potter, which is now my favorite series, so I decided to give The Hobbit a chance. While I can very easily say that it didn’t even come close to my love for Harry Potter, I am rather unsure about my feelings for it.
You see, while I wouldn’t say I flat out disliked The Hobbit, it’s hard for me to actually say I liked it. The writing style was odd, and I had a hard time connecting with it. There was definitely a lot going on, a lot of tense and precarious situations, but because of the writing, they never really excited me as much as they could have. There was also a lot more description than I like, so I just had a hard time really getting into it. It just felt very slow-paced to me, no matter what events were taking place, similar to how I felt about Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
Even though I had a hard time connecting, most of the story line was very good, so I’m going to continue on and at least start The Lord of the Rings, but I don’t expect these books to become favorites of mine.