The Hobbit

I finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the first book (or prequel) of the Middle Earth book series. I did see all three movies that were based on the book.

Big Warning: there is a lot of violence.

In the book, Gandalf The Gray goes to visit Bilbo. He tells him that he wants him to go on an adventure with him. Bilbo doesn’t want to go. Gandalf makes sure he goes by putting a secret sign on his door. Then 13 dwarves arrive with the hope that Bilbo will go with them on the adventure. The adventure is to take back their homeland and gold from the dragon. Bilbo doesn’t want to at first and then he agrees to go. On their journey, Bilbo finds the One Ring and has a riddle game with Gollum. Then when they do make it to the dragon, they end up releasing the dragon on Lake Town. Bard does kill the dragon. Bilbo does find and takes the Arkenstone.

Note: I don’t like the dwarves. Thorin says he is king, but he doesn’t act like it in the book. Bilbo is the one in charge when they get to the mountain.

The differences between the three movies and the book:

  1. Bilbo finds the ring on the ground and Gollum isn’t around him when he finds it in the book.
  2. There is no love interest between the elf and the dwarf in the book. Kili doesn’t get hurt.
  3. Bard doesn’t help them into Lake Town. They are still in the barrels when they make it to Lake Town.
  4. Like I said Thorin doesn’t take charge when they in the mountain in the book.
  5. Bard is leader of the archers before he kills the dragon.
  6. The orcs don’t chase them in the book. 

I did like this book. I’m listening next to The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’m waiting on The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien. It’s on hold.

The Return of the King

I finished reading The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the last book of the Lord of The rings book series. Yes, I did watch the movie.

Big Warning: there is lots of violence (of course because it’s a war) and some sad parts.

Since most people have either read or seen the movies, here’s a short summery:
After the group defeat Saruman, one of the hobbits gets pulled to look into the magical ball. Gandalf gets worried so he decided to take that hobbit somewhere safe for the time being. During their stay there, the steward becomes crazy (because he has a magic ball too) and tries to himself and son (who is hurt from battle). Gandalf takes over in the battle. Meanwhile the other hobbit becomes a squire to a king. When they join in the battle, the hobbit wants to join too. But he is turned down until the king daughter brings him into battle. Aragon decides to journey into the path of death to get the undead to help in the battle. They do and the battle is won. Aragon also challenges Sauron by saying he is the king. Then Sam does find Frodo and he helps him up the mountain to throw the ring into the fire. But Gollum fights for the ring. Gollum and the ring fall in the fire. Everyone is reunited again. Aragon accepts the crown and they go visit their friends one last time on the journey back to the Shire.

Differences between book and movie:
1. Gollum doesn’t pit Frodo against Sam.
2. They go back to see their friends near the end of the book.

I liked this book. I’m reading next The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Two Towers

I finished reading The Two Towers by J.R. R. Tolkien. It is the second (third if you count The Hobbit as the first) book in the Lord of The Rings book series. There is a movie based on the book and yes, I have seen it.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

Since most people have either read the books series or seen the movie, here’s a short summary.

The ring company is broken. The journey is three parts. The captured hobbits, the hunter tracking them, and the ring bearer. The captured hobbits escapes into a forest with talking and walking trees. The hunters tracking them lose them until Gandalf shows up. He was grey and now white. Gandalf tells them about where the escaped hobbits went to. They end up saving a kingdom with Gandalf’s help. The escaped hobbits become part of a war with the trees and Saruman. Then they found out Gandalf is now back. The ring bearer and his friend has help with Gollum to make it to Mondor.

Here’s differences between book and movie:

  1. One big difference is in the movie, the escaped hobbits has to talk the trees into starting the war. In the book, they don’t, Treebeard and the trees decided on their own to go to war.
  2. There is no love story. Aragon doesn’t mention his age in the book.
  3. Gandalf doesn’t know how Saruman is talking to the enemy in the book until he finds the ball. In the movie he already knew.
  4. Some of the events are messed up in the movie.
  5. Aragon isn’t the one hurt in the attack in the book. In the book it is the dwarf who gets hurt.

I liked this book. Now I’m reading The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Fellowship of the Ring

I finished reading The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is actually the second book. I didn’t know that The Hobbit was the first book. I will be reading it after I read the next two books. There is a movie that is based on the book. I did watch the movie again.

Big Warning: there is some violence and a sad part.

Here’s a quick summary of the book: A hobbit named Frodo inherits a ring. It’s a special ring that was made by a evil wizard. If given the ring back to the evil wizard, he can control all races. The ring also allows a person to be invisible. Frodo ends up having the task of going to a lake of fire to destroy the ring. 

Here are some differences between the book and the movie:

  1. In the movie, the company picked to go, but in the book the king of Rivendell picked how to go.
  2. In the movie, the good wizard told Frodo about Gollum following them. In the book, Frodo learns later on after the wizard is dead.
  3.  In the movie, Frodo is only one who looks in the mirror, but Sam also looks in the mirror in the book.

I liked the book and the movie. Now I’m reading The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Ruby Landry movies

Instead of doing separate posts for all four movies, I am doing a short summary for each of them. I watched them a few weeks ago. I haven’t read the books. They are written by Andrew Neiderman who is writing under the name V.C. Andrews. The movies have: Raechelle Banno, Gil Bellows, Karina Banno, Sam Duke, Ty Wood, Mason Temple, Crystal Fox, Bob Frazer, and Naomi Judd in it.

Big Warning: there is some sad parts and hints of incest.

In this movie Ruby Landry is love with Paul. Her grandmother is a voodoo healer. Her grandmother is sick and she tells Ruby that Paul is her half brother. So Ruby tries to break up with Paul. Then her grandmother tells her who her father is and that she has a twin sister. When her grandmother dies, she goes to find her father and she lives with them. Ruby’s twin makes it hard to live with, so Ruby goes to a voodoo madam and does a curse on her twin. Her twin gets in a car accident and ends up in a wheelchair.

In this movie Mr. Dumas decides it would be best for the twins to go to a boarding school. Ruby makes friends with a girl, but it is short lived. Then she meets Louis who becomes her friend. Beau (Ruby’s boyfriend who was her twin’s boy toy) shows up and Ruby becomes pregnant. She gets kicked out of the school. She ends up going back home. She has the baby and names her Pearl.

In this movie, Paul shows up again and they get married. Ruby gets word that her father had died so she goes to the funeral. She finds out her twin marries Beau. She also learns her stepmother is getting married to another man. Some time passes and then Ruby’s twin gets really sick. Ruby wants to be with Beau so they decide to switch identities of the twins. Ruby becomes her twin. Then Paul slowly declines. He thinks Giselle is actually Ruby. Then Paul dies. There is a custody battle that happens and in the end Ruby keeps Pearl.

In this movie, some time passes and Ruby has three kids. Two boys and Pearl. Pearl wants to be a doctor. She doesn’t believe in voodoo. One of Ruby’s boys gets bit by a snake and Beau falls and hits his head. Ruby goes to see who is behind the curse. In the end, they find out it was Paul’s mother who put the curse on Ruby. They do end the curse.

I sorta liked these movies.

Behind Her Eyes

I finished reading Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. There is a show on Netflix that is based on the book. Yes, I watched it.

Warning: there is some violence and a big twist at the end of both the show and book.

In this book, a woman named Louise meets a man named David at a bar. Louise was supposed to have met her friend at the bar, but her friend didn’t show and she knocks into David. They talk and laugh. When they start to leave, he kisses Louise. The next day Louise goes into work and sees the man from the bar and his wife. David is her new boss. They end up having an affair. Louise has terrible night terrors and she sleepwalks. Louise takes her son to school the next day and knocks into David’s wife Adele. Adele and Louise end up become friends. They go to the gym together and Adele gives Louise a e-cigarette. Louise doesn’t tell David about the friendship. Later the lies catch up with Adele and Louise and things gets ugly.

 There were some differences between the two, but I’m going to tell what they are because it would spoil the twist.  I loved the book and the show. Now I’m going to read The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Dead Pets Don’t Lie

I finished reading Dead Pets don’t Lie by Joe Ardis and Donna Lee Howell. I decided to read this book because of a documentary that featured the authors.

I do recommend this book to all pet owners.

This book is a non-fiction book about the dangers and lies that goes on in the pet food industry. Some stuff I knew about because I used to follow and get Susan Thixton’s newsletters. Things you learn in this book: rendering plants, what things are put in pet foods, the dangers of flea medication, etc.

I liked this book. I’m reading next Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Behind Her Eyes is a limited series on Netflix. My mother asked me to watch it and it’s awesome. Now I want to read the book.

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead

I finished reading Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie. There was a movie loosely based on the book called Murder Most Foul. I had seen the movie a long time ago and I watched it again recently.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, Hercule Poirot is asked by a sergeant to look into a case that he feels brought the wrong man to justice. The “wrong man” was already tried and sentenced, but the sergeant was convinced that James didn’t kill his landlady. So Poirot interviews James and is also convinced that he didn’t do it. So Poirot goes into the town where the crime occurred and looks for clues that were missed. He finds two important clues that the police missed. An ink bottle and a newspaper clipping. The newspaper clipping had photos which lead to another killing to happen.  Poirot ends up finding out who the real killer is.

Differences between the movie and book:

  1. The movie has Miss Marple instead of Poirot
  2. In the movie, Miss Marple finds a clue of a theatre and she becomes a member of the play to find the killer.  Poirot does find a clue about a theatre, but it wasn’t the focus of the book.
  3. One of the players of the theatre gets killed in the movie. In the book, the second murder was a playwright’s mother.
  4. In the book, the niece doesn’t get the house. In the movie it was the sister that gets the house.

I did like the book and the movie. Now I’m reading Dead Pets Don’t Lie by Joe Ardis and Donna Lee Howell. It’s a non-fiction book about pet food.

The Stand

I finished listening to The Stand by Stephen King. Chris, my boyfriend, had been reading this book, but never finished it. I decided to listen to the book. I have seen the 1994 movie miniseries. There is a new show of the book, but I don’t have the channel to watch it.

Side Note: I think everyone who refuses to wear a mask should read or listen to this book. It is very uncanny of how relevant this book is. Stephen King wrote this book in 1978 and then in 1990 he added in a few details (which is the version I listened to.)  I really think everyone really should read (or listen to) this book. I had considered recommending my Sunday School bible study class to have study this book, but I really doubt they would go for it.

In this book, the government (a lab) makes a super virus and accidently releases it. It doesn’t tell how it was accidently released. (I think Covid was accidently released because they were researching bats to see what other bats from other regions have coronavirus. I had read a medical journal about the SARS virus (the original coronavirus that happened a few years ago) and it said they were going to research more bats from other regions.)

Anyway,  a man who worked out outside that government lab finds out and runs. He takes his wife and kid to Texas. His wife and kid die in the car. He later dies and spreads the virus. The virus spreads fast and millions of people die. The president (like our former) LIES about the virus saying it’s noting but the flu. Nothing to worry about.  The government tries to cover up the virus mess, but it is too late. Stu Redman is one of the people in Texas that was close to the man who first spread the virus. But Stu doesn’t get sick. The government try to figure out why, but can’t find out. Stu isn’t the only one who is immune to the virus, there are others that were immune. They were saved for a special purpose.

Stu and some others have dreams about a old black woman named Abagail. She is messenger of God. Others have dreams about a dark man named Randall Flagg (the villain in all Stephen King books). Flagg is a demon. He also goes by the Walking Dude, the Dark Man. Stu Redman, Larry Underwood, Glen Bateman, and Ralph Brentner  go to Las Vegas to take a Stand against Randall Flagg.

I loved this book. Now I’m going to read Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie.

The Warsaw Protocol

I finished listening to Warsaw Protocol by Steve Berry. It is the latest Cotton Malone book. There are sixteen books in the book series.

Warning: there is a lot of violence.

In this book, Cotton Malone is in Bruges, Belgium. He is supposed to attend a book auction. But he is sightseeing first. He is in a church and witnesses a robbery in action. It is a robbery of a holy relic. He promises the priest that he would get the relic back. Only he gets arrested for crashing a boat while chasing the thieves. Luckily Stephanie was there to help him out. The robbery was part of something bigger and that’s why she was there in Bruges. There were other relics stolen in order to be part of an auction of some information being sold to the highest bidder. The information is of the president of Poland’s past. The U.S. wants that info so missiles can be placed in Poland.  Other countries want the info for different reasons. Cotton really didn’t want to be involved, but he ends up being involved because he wants to save Stephanie’s job and the Russians are making him be involved. So the deputy of the US government and Cotton go to the auction. But things turn ugly and the Russians kill most of the people there. A Polish agent kills the guy who started the auction and she takes back one of the relics that was stolen. The Russians think that the information was gone for good since the guy who knew where it was hidden is now dead, but someone knew where the info was hidden. Cotton also found out where the info was hidden. The Russians do get the info, but Cotton gets the info back by killing the Russian. He ends up giving the info to the president of Poland who burns it.

I loved this book. The next Cotton Malone book is coming out in February (right before my birthday). I can’t wait. Now I’m going to listen to The Stand by Stephen King.