Brief Thoughts: The Riddles of the Hobbit and Bone Gap

Another quick review post already? Hrm, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve read a book I could really sink into. My dad and sister’s visit disrupted my habit, and now things are starting to get hectic around here since I’ve only got a couple months left before I move back home! I’m cramming my weekends full with trips and my weekdays full with planning those trips πŸ˜› I’ve been reading, but obviously not blogging much so I’m trying to clear out some backlog with these quick review brief thoughts posts (re-naming theses posts because I think ‘brief thoughts’ is a better descriptor).

  • The Riddles of The Hobbit by Adam Roberts
    • Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜… [ratings guide]
    • There are some solidly interesting points in Roberts’ book that could have made for a nic essay. As it stands, I found there was too much rambling and wandering from the topic of ‘riddles in The Hobbit‘. I often found myself thinking, β€œWhat does this have to do with anything?” I do enjoy an interesting tangent, even if only semi-related, but this was pushing it for me. 
    • Some of Robert’s arguments are extremely stretched beyond what’s really conceivable, but that’s part of the fun. You can really disprove anything he says, so why not come at it from a creative angle? 
    • Final evaluation – some parts of value, some parts of fluff. Difficult to recommend one way or the other.
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
    • Rating: β˜…β˜…Β½ [ratings guide]
    • Another book I accidentally read in an evening!
    • This one fell short of the hype for me, in a similar manner that Salt & Storm did (though I found this book more ‘blah’) – I was hoping for a more mystical, surreal tale. The touches of magical realism that were there weren’t enough to feed my appetite for the stuff. There are some interesting components, but Roza’s story fell flat for me, and that’s the central part of the book.