I’ve already explained my rankings for the first 80 novels to you, but today I want to hand out a few awards to the novels that have left a mark on me, for better or worse.
Here’s how I break down the good and the bad from the first 80: Read more
Apparently I’ve been in a pretty good mood the last few months, or maybe I’ve just been on a good run of novels. Whatever the case, this last batch of four novels was pretty darn good.
So as I often do after every 4-5 novels, I thought I would explain why I ranked these recent novels as I did. So here you go: Read more
I don’t know who this woman is, but she’s a keeper.
Watch as she tolerates her boyfriend’s incessant quotes from The Lord of the Rings—many of which scare the living crap out of her.
She has to be a Lord of the Rings fan herself to put up with this, right? Read more
This Slate article has been making the rounds recently, and it’s something we’ve talked about briefly here on 101 Books before.
That being, how do you imagine the characters in the novels you read?
Do you have a good sense of what they look like? Can you see them clearly in your head? Or is it more of a vague, kinda, sorta image that comes every time you read their name?
If you pick up on specific details the author writes, then you’ll have a decent sense of the character—but do most of us actually formulate images based on what’s written—or just how we want to imagine the character in our heads?
Oh, you thought I was done?
Well, I’m almost finished talking about The Lord of the Rings…after today.
I reviewed the book last week and have moved on to The Sportswriter. But before I officially kick off blog posts about The Sportswriter tomorrow, I thought I’d take a look back at all the posts about The Lord of the Rings.
So here’s a quick rundown if you missed anything: Read more
Wow. It “only” took me about two months, but I’ve finally completed the epic known as The Lord of the Rings.
As I’ve said before, I had only read about half the novel before inexplicably putting it down many years ago without finishing. What was I thinking?
The Lord of the Rings is, quite possibly, the best novel ever written.
I don’t say that ironically, and I’m not saying that to troll. I really mean it. But, of course, as is everything on this blog, that’s just my opinion—which is reflected in my rankings.
You know the story, right? Read more