ANNOUNCEMENT
After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
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I've discovered that I can link my Goodreads account to my blog and create blog posts that way, so I'll be doing that instead. They won't be as involved as my previous posts, but at least I'll still be adding something here!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

4. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

#4

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Title: The Return of the King
Series: The Lord of the Rings
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Copyright: 1955 (2001)
Pages: 440
ISBN: 9780618260584
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 5/5 stars
Finished: 1-14-09
Challenge: 75 Books 09

I really can't add anything to any discussion about The Lord of the Rings series that hasn't already probably been said twice before. Grand and epic in it's scope and telling, The Return of the King is the final book in the series. I'm always impressed by the story, but I can't help but always feel that the ending seemed a little too easy for everyone involved. Of course, the emotion that comes through in the story is just as strong as ever, but this latest reading left me wanting more from the ending; something a little more tangible in the evil forces that threaten Middle-Earth. Maybe I've read it one too many times now, but the enigmatic nature of Sauron just seemed a little, well, too enigmatic for me this time. Still, you can't deny that this is one fine piece of fantasy literature.

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