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The Hobbit
The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no match for 'The Lord of the Rings', 7 Dec 2002
This review is from: The Hobbit (Paperback)
This book is never going to be better than the phenomenal 'The Lord of the Rings' but hey it's not a bad book for some light reading. I would reccommend reading 'The Hobbit' if you plan to read 'The Lord of the Rings' as it gives you an insight into a Hobbit's life and it will certainly help you understand the later book.
The basic storyline is that Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, who has lived a quiet life and has never encountered anything out of the ordinary. Then everything changes when Gandalf the wizard comes along and before we know it the lovable little hobbit is off seeking a dragon nonetheless.
One thing about this book which particularily intrested me, was the detailed map and it is a real help when reading: as it prevents you from getting lost. The pictures too, are useful and give you a real sense of what was going through Tolkien's mind when he wrote this book.
'The Hobbit' is jam packed with action from beginning to end and I would reccommend it as a good bedtime story as it is more suitable for younger children than 'The Lord of the Rings'.

The Tiger in the Well (Point)
The Tiger in the Well (Point)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry's No Match 4 Sally, 6 Dec 2002
When I read the Harry Potter series I thought WOW no one writes books like these nowadays, I couldn't have been more wrong 'The Tiger in the Well' blew me away! Philip Pullman created a masterpiece and if you don't fall in love with this book, you're probably a highly chauvanistic male.
Sally Lockhart is a strong female character with guts and spirit, she's certainly not a typical woman of the 1880's. She has to prove herself in a male dominated society, where women have little legal rights and boy does she do that! You have to admire this girl's strength and determination. She's a great role model. What made Sally such a great character is that she is so refreshing after reading innumerable books with strong central male characters.
I thought 'The Ruby in the Smoke' was sensational and 'The Shadow in the North' was a real tear jerker towards the end. But this book beats them both even without Jim (for the most part) and Fred. We really do see Sally at her best. Well done Pullman!
If you're going to buy one book this Christmas make it this one and forget about Harry Potter because he has nothing on this girl!

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