SJay's Reviews: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
I don't know why I've never written a review about The Hobbit before now. It's one of my all time favorite books. Obviously, it's a children's book - I know it's not very obvious, and some people don't know this - but the Hobbit is such a 'precious' and imaginative book, that any person at any age is sure to enjoy it.
Bilbo Baggins is one smart character. He has quick wit and is really clever; he seems to be the one that saves the day in each and every situation. The dwarfs, on the other hand, seem to do nothing but nag and drag their feet, then blame Bilbo if things go wrong, yet expect him to fix it, anyway. Thorin's the worst - but I really love him and all the lazy dwarfs. Thorin's so ungrateful to Bilbo and keeps nagging about how they made the bad choice of bringing him along. Yet every single time something goes wrong, he just expects Bilbo to fix it. Yeah, Thorin's one spoiled dwarf.
Dain, on the other hand, I love that dude! He's tough and righteous and everything Peter Jackson made Thorin into in the movie. He is level headed and wise - as opposed to the hot headed Thorin - and realizes what a right choice looks like.
Oh, but my all time favorite character, after Bilbo that is (and not counting Gandalf because, really, Gandalf!) is Smaug. That lizard is so full of himself, so smart, so sarcastic, so... well, he's the dragon Harvey Specter (watch Suits, you'll recognize the reference).
I've rambled on enough about the characters. Now for the actual book. The description is spot on; you'd think you're in the actual location when Tolkien describes it. The story unfolds so smoothly and so descriptively that you feel it ended so fast when it does. I adore Tolkien's style in writing, and the vocabulary he uses. I love how he expects "children" to read such thick and rich literature. After all, how would they learn if they didn't try!?
All in all, this is a perfect book. The perfect book to start you off on the Tolkien wagon.