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The Hobbit, Chapter By Chapter: Riddles In The Dark

This may be the best-known chapter in Tolkien’s entire works, and is certainly one of the most highly regarded. Within the pages of the spookily titled “Riddles In The Dark”, Tolkien presents an incredibly vivid and remarkable episodic adventure, and … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Over Hill And Under Hill

After the transition of “A Short Rest”, this chapter sets us and the company back on the road to the Lonely Mountain firmly. The title of this chapter is a clever bit of wordplay, and something Tolkien would call back … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Index

Just like the index page for my The Lord Of The Rings readthrough (which you can find here) I thought it was time to do one for my The Hobbit series. As with LOTR there, these descriptions might be droll, … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: A Short Rest

“A Short Rest” is just that: short. With the exception of “The Gathering Of The Clouds”, it’s the shortest chapter in the story, a transitionary affair between the introductory section of the adventure and the more dark and grim stuff … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Roast Mutton

Here’s a curious chapter title. “An Unexpected Party” wasn’t all that unusual, foreshadowing an exciting incident at the beginning of the story, but “Roast Mutton”? What could a method of cooking sheep have to do with the quest for the … Continue reading

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Serenity: “My Own Kind Of Freedom”

A few years ago Steven Brust, a noted fantasy author, wrote a Firefly novel he called “My Own Kind Of Freedom”. The book, a bare 168 pages long, was apparently written “on spec”, that is, without any kind of deal … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: The Art Of War

A nice short one today. The Art Of War – Sun Tzu Who was Sun Tzu? What was his career like? Did he actually write the famous book attributed to him? Did he ever exist at all? All these questions … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: A Long Expected Rewrite

My posts going through The Lord of the Rings on a chapter by chapter basis were some of my early attempts at review/analysis, and have been some of the most constantly viewed and read pieces on the site. But, looking back, … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: World War Z

World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War – Max Brooks (2006) I am choosing a lot of fiction in the last while for this, but that’s the way the cards are falling. Today’s choice might seem, initially, … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: Night Watch

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett (2002) In the course of trying to capture a deranged killer, Watch Commander Sam Vimes is magically transported thirty years into the past, to the day when he witnessed a violent changeover of power in … Continue reading

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