Judging from the comments I've seen (let alone the ones I'm sure Lacy and Roomie have seen), The Hobbit would appear to be a super popular book. Now that my head's a bit more clear and I'm not due for any more surgerying in the immediate future, I think it's high time for me to dive in on my first book read! :D
So basically, I know this is one of the classic D&D novels. Which is exciting for a lot of reasons. I actually own this book, I've owned a copy since I was born (or before, not sure). It's really nice; it's softcover, about the size of standard paper, I guess, and it has this big elaborate picture of a red dragon on it. Roomie and I spent a good ten minutes looking on the web through various editions of the book and holy smokes has it ever been in print all the several million times. It's this one, by the way.
Anyway, as a kid it just seemed like a book too intimidating there we go that took a moment too intimidating to pick up and read, though of course I flipped through it and there was art. Seem to remember it being nice art. So yeah, I've had the book bopping around at home for however long and never picked it up. Go me.
I called my grandparents, and they mailed it down to me, so now here we are and I'm about to get started. Extremely stoked, you guys! :D
First, though, to get out of the way what I do and do not know:
• Hobbits are halflings. There was no force on Earth that was going to keep that leak from me. People have been spilling the beans on that one so much that giants are now an endangered species.
• There is a dragon! Or a very large lizard which is red and sits on a pile of gold. I saw those covers, guys, there's a dragon. You're not going to convince me otherwise. I hope I'm not wrong on this one, I fail to see how a classic D&D book can have no D.
• It's about an adventure! Obviously. D&D book.
• There's a dungeon crawl! Obviously. D&D book.
• I'm sure I know more about the book than I know that I know. I feel like the book gets talked about with respect to... something. I'm sure I know something more about this book and it's ridiculously frustrating that it's not coming together in my brain.
• Actually I think this one has a magic dagger or magic knife or... maybe a magic short sword but I think dagger for a halfling. If it's actually the stupid magic spoon that makes gruel I'm going to laugh, though.
• The Hobbit is the main character.
• The Hobbit is a rogue and probably one of the earliest examples of linking halflings and roguery.
• There are definitely mountains. I don't know if they go over or under but a good dungeon crawl would suggest mine dungeon time :D
• I'm just generally COMPLETELY SOLD on the idea of getting to read a classic fantasy novel. Folks, this is going to be an awesome time. :D
So I think for this format, I'll do chapter by chapter reviews. Unless they're really short, then I might do a few at a time. We'll see how it goes. Review only, since first impressions doesn't work in book form, I don't think.
It's 1 AM somehow and itchyface yawnmaster Jeremy is saying bedtime, so bookreading youfolkstalkingto Jeremy is going to sign off now. Tomorrow, I begin my ALMIGHTY QUEST OF HALFLING POWER!
Seriously so very stoked for this. :D