At this point, I'm assuming if you don't know what this book is about you have likely lived in a cave for the past 10 years simply because there is no way to not have at least heard of the books and gotten some basic knowledge of the plot after the movies came out. That being said, this if my fourth time reading it (and I've got at least one more time ahead of me). Here's my review from my third time (where I copied my second time's review):
Here's my review from the last time I read it:
Wow, you know you don't read something for years after reading it as a teenager and it's amazing how something that was good becomes out of this world fantastic. It's not like I can say anything about this that hasn't already been said to death but this book deserves it all and more. But it makes it all the more amazing to be sharing it with my son. To see his enjoyment of it, to share his thoughts after reading it, to see what it is inspiring within him. That is truly without measure.
And that I think is really the best thing about this book is sharing it with others, the discussion of the many different aspects and ideas that are found within them and it's even more fun to share it with someone who hasn't read it before and seeing their reactions and hearing their different thoughts. My third son came running out screaming his head off when Frodo was captured by Shelob and looked to be dead. He was NOT a happy camper and felt he had been betrayed because Frodo is supposed to be the Hero, not die in the 2nd Act. It was hard to keep a straight face and not give anything away while getting him to stop and think about where the story might be headed if Frodo was dead. That was an incredibly interesting discussion.
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