The Hobbit

Tolkien’s famous straightforward writing style and good use of syntax is as present as ever in this classic children’s fantasy novel. The tale begins with a wealthy old hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, reluctantly succumbing to his ‘Tookish’ side when Gandalf the wizard, Thorin and his dwarves arrive on his doorstep speaking of adventure!

The dwarfish treasure of old, guarded now by the fearsome and cruel Smaug the Dragon, has waited long enough to be claimed. The dwarves are reclaiming what is theirs, regardless of the exhausting journey. The band set off for Lonely Mountain in the western wilderness coming across no less than enraged Goblins, deranged Ogrs, heroic Eagles, dim-witted Trolls, the mentally unstable Gollum and gigantic Spiders!

Tolkien’s character development is very successful bringing each of the characters to life like a good friend or a well known enemy. Tolkien has very successfully avoided the ‘Mary Sue’ trap that many authors fall into by giving each character notable flaws and strengths.

The storyline has enormous potential, filled by the subsequent sequels in the series giving the reader a sense of knowledge about the ways and characteristics of ‘Middle Earth’.

Overall the Hobbit is a most successful classic book proved further by its continued success almost 70 years after first publishing. A highly recommended read.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island, written by Robert Louis Stevenson is an adventurous tale about pirates, their treasure, betrayal,and discovery.

Many of the exciting adventures in this book take place in the gray colored woods of the Island.
Of the many quotes that could be taken from this book I think the the most universally known and recognized would have to be “fifteen men and a dead man’s chest yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.”

Adventures though exciting can be dangerous for all involved…
Many people will do anything, even murder, for treasure.

The problem in the story is that though there is a large amount of money, it is not enough to satisfy the pirates greed, and they must take the others portion as well!

The story begins with Jim Hawkins running his father’s tavern/inn, the Admiral Benbow, when a man who makes himself known as “Captain” enters the house and asks for room and board.

Handing Jim a goodly sum he heads to his room.

After some exciting adventures Jim is off to Treasure Island!
The story ends in the usual way, that is the good people always win.
I would recommend this book for boys of all ages…(and girls too) because it accurately portrays the greed of mankind.