4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
did not meet my expectations,
This review is from: The Lord of The Rings (Based on the 50th Anniversary Single volume edition 2004) (Paperback)
For a long time my brother had been hassling me to read this book, and I was under no doubt that it was as good as everyone says it is, so when I had finally got some spare time on my hands I settled down to read this so-called "masterpiece".
I must admit it did take quite a while to get started, but once I had, I did find the book pretty exciting. However I could not help feeling, as I laboured on through endless paragraphs of battle and elf food, that mr. J.R.R. Tolkien was in dire need of a thorough editor. Yes, I did find the story enthralling but I have to say that it could have been vastly improved by cutting out a lot of the pointless (yes, I will say it) waffle. A lot of points were covered in too much unnecessary detail, while there were so many characters that they all seemed rather 2-dimesional.
While in my opinion this book would have been a great read (if a little slow) if I had just picked it up off of the shelf out of curiosity, but after being bombarded by LOTR hype all over the place I somewhat felt a little let down having expected a much higher quality of story. So while i would not recommend this book strongly, as I feel there are far better books out there deserving of the attention, I will not deny that it is worth a read if you happen to lay your hands on it and have a lot of time to spare. Just don't get your hopes too high.