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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Stand Alone Fantasy Titles, August 2012

The grandfather of the fantasy genre stumbled onto the story of a stay-at-home Hobbit contracted to join a team of dwarfs on an adventure to reclaim their gold from a dragon and in doing so he ignited the imaginations of readers and future writers. The tale of Bilbo Baggins and his unexpected journey was crafted for younger readers but has grown into a timeless classic. It is a precursor to his masterful Lord of the Rings but the tone and style are decidedly more light-hearted and mixed with more humor. Currently being translated into three movies by director Peter Jackson, all things Hobbit will be seeing a massive media blitz over the next three years. It could be the best time to pick up a copy and dive right in. 

December 2013

Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.

December 2012

Winter is almost here, and the holidays are right around the corner. So when you’re not running around doing some last-minute shopping, take a breather and check out the films, TV shows and DVD releases headed to the big and small screens this December.