I honestly thought twice about writing this “book review” post. Mainly because I’m wasn’t quite sure what to write about regarding this book. I avoid giving out any spoilers on my reviews, and this book is much like a beautiful piece of art that it’s not easily for anyone to describe.
This is the second volume in The Lord of The Rings novel. In this book you continue to be introduced a vast array of characters, most notably mortal men and other really cool nature based characters. The plot thickens, one of the main focal points in this book is Saruman’s involvement in the War of the Ring. Arguably one of my favorite characters is Gollum, and unlike in The Fellowship of the Ring, he plays a major role throughout this book.
From what I can see online, if their is one drawback about the LOTR or Tolkien in particular. Is how incredibly descriptive Tolkien’s writing is. I certainly felt this when reading The Two Towers. The way Tolkien describes the settings, is absolutely mind staggering. Seriously, it’s way to descriptive. Even for me, it felt somewhat overwhelming at times.
The more I continue to read the LOTR, the more fall in love with this amazing fantasy universe.
It’s here people, President Trump. A lot of “conservatives” in the media that sold out to Trump are going to be put in very strange positions for the next four years. Though I must say, it’s going to be rather entertaining watching them defend a liberal conman. Fortunately not all hope is lost, since there’s still a few honest conservatives that never drank the Trump kool-aid and will treat Donald Trump, exactly as they treated Barack Obama.
So to all the Trump supporters morons of this world, here is a reminder of how your ratings whore, media loving darling. Duped the conservative base and pulled the greatest scam in modern politics.
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
– Mark Twain
As I mentioned with The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings has been on my “to be read” list for well over a decade. I think I have a quite unique history with this legendary epic fantasy novel. I was first introduced to The Lord of the Rings by my 11th grade English teacher. This was around the time The Two Towers movie adaptation was about to be release on theaters. I remember how excited and passionate my English teacher was regarding LOTR. Seeing clips from the movies, from there on. I knew that one day I will eventually read the entire LOTR novel to find out what the buzz is all about (I know, I’m late to party as always).
I’m not much of a movie person (I’ve spent over eight years not watching any movies whatsoever!), so I haven’t seen any of the three LOTR movie adaptations in their entirety from start to finish. I have however, seen plenty of snippets of the movies. I obviously know some of the major protagonists in the story already and I’m certainly aware of the plot and how some of the major events end up. Luckily, not everything is spoiler free for me before I dwelled into this amazing fantasy universe.
Regarding Tolkien’s writing, From what I’ve seen or read on the internet, people either love his writing or don’t like it at all. That is to say, their isn’t much of a middle ground. Reading this first volume, I absolutely love LOTR. So much that I read about 1/3 of this book on a single sit down read! LOTR is massive, this first volume, introduces a massive amount of characters and their back stories. I must say, given the mass amount of character information described in this book, not all of them are completely memorable to me. Theirs simply way to many to remember. Luckily, their many online wiki’s that briefly describe character information. Thus said, for the most part I try to avoid them if possible in case they might have spoilers. However, their are times that it’s simply unavoidable to me to refer to the wikis.
As it happened to me while reading The Witcher saga, the LOTR is so immersive to me. I found myself plenty of times stopped reading, and instead I referenced the online wiki to find out more information about certain subjects that were being mentioned in the book, but not fully described in it’s entirely. In a way I’m already excited about reading The Silmarillion after completing LOTR! The entire Middle-earth lore and background history is absolutely beautiful, that I always found myself wanting to learn more of it!
The main reason why certain people don’t seem to like Tolkien’s writing is because its old school (not modern), long, to slow, and overly descriptive. While I think some of it is certainly true, I felt the chapters in this book were well organized, making it really easy to follow. I don’t have much experience reading epic high fantasy other than The Witcher series. To me, LOTR is a much easier to read since you’re not jumping between difference character point of views, or across different settings in the story. Perhaps the only drawback, is how the geography of Middle-earth is presented and described to readers. The book does have map drawings, but I found them somewhat confusing and at times I kind of felt like Tolkien was introducing a ton of new kingdoms/cities constantly throughout this book.
Finally to end, I feel that anyone wanting to read the LOTR for the first time, like myself; you should read The Hobbit before hand. Events and characters introduced in The Hobbit are mentioned throughout this book, so it’s somewhat important to know what exactly happens in the The Hobbit before reading LOTR.
We’re in the final hours of Barack Obama’s presidency. So to all the morons protesting against our democracy and saying “Trump is not my President”. Here is a little taste of how our soon to leave office, liberal media darling President, got elected.
What can I say? 2016 has been the year Leicester City won the Premier League title, and the year were the greatest football club in the world turned 100 years old. The year were politically speaking conservatism died and turned into an authoritarian shitfest. However not all was bad in 2016. Financially, it was my best year ever. So, I can’t bitch about being the worst year ever.
The prequel to the legendary Lord of the Rings, I feel everyone should read The Hobbit at one point of their lives. Seriously, The Hobbit was such a wonderful and enjoyable read, I honestly believe it’s well suited for any high school English class (hell, this book was written for children!). This relatively short book is not only a wonderful introduction to Tolkien’s iconic Middle-earth universe and to an array of really interesting characters, it’s also is an awesome introduction to high fantasy literature in general. Again, I would’ve loved to have read The Hobbit back when I was in high school, instead of having endure other absolute garbage novels (like the The Joy Luck Club and To Kill a Mocking Bird, to name a few).
Anyways, enough rambling. This book (and the entire Lord of the Rings series) has been on my “to be read” list for well over a decade. I’ve never seen any of The Hobbit movies, and was fortunate enough to put watching them on hold until I first read the book. So reading the book not knowing exactly what events would happen, made the experience of reading it, even more enjoyable. For example those events that will eventually become really important in The Lord of the Rings. Although it wasn’t the focal point, it was really cool reading how Bilbo came upon the “magic ring”.
I can’t think of anything negative of this book, if anything I wanted this book to be longer. The Hobbit definitely has deep lore, which explains how Hollywood was able to make three movies based on this short book. I wanted this book to be longer! For example perhaps more back story of Gandalf, and definitely longer content regarding the Battle of Five Armies. I’ll be reading The Lord of the Rings next, so maybe this is mentioned there. Thus said for what it is, this book is really good.
As a side note. Tolkien being the godfather of modern day high fantasy, and having read The Witcher saga (heavily Tolkien influenced) a few months ago. There were instances while reading portions of The Hobbit, that reminded me of The Witcher. Most notably how similar Zoltan Chivay’s company is to Thorin Oakenshield’s company.
Last year’s Time Magazine Person of the Year was Angela Merkel. Going from a person that’s culturally destroying her country and an entire continent, to a person thats pulled the greatest scam in modern politics. I prefer to have to the latter. As someone who doesn’t like Trump, the only small joy I get is the fact that we won’t have a Hillary Clinton presidency, whom I’ve always seen an embodiment of Angela Merkel.
I completely despise Ann Coulter. This bitch is nothing but an opportunistic that’s laughing all the way to the bank, in large part thanks to the idiots that buy her shit.
To have the audacity to say it’s not your fault that Trump would sell out, having her self published a book called “In Trust We Trust” is absolutely mind boggling! It’s because of people like her we have a liberal conman as president-elect.
Oh the beautiful irony :-)
So to all the morons that believed and continue to belief in Trump, haha I told you so.
I impulsively bought a Toshiba Ultrabook a few weeks ago. I’m a huge fan of small portable laptop computers. I’ve been using a mid 2012 11 inch MacBook Air and a Dell XPS 13 (L321X) laptops for a couple of years now. Performance on my MacBook Air is fair, however on the XPS 13, the 2nd generation 1.6Ghz Sandy Bridge has starting to become a bottleneck for me. Not mention it’s 4GB of RAM limitation that’s soldered into the laptop so I can’t upgrade it. So it came time to buy myself a new laptop PC. The only caveat is the fact that it’s not a new computer per say. I bought a refurbished unit. At just under $550 (including tax), I bought myself a powerful tiny computer.
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 P25W-C2300-4K 12.5
2-in-1 Table Touchscreen Laptop
Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
8GB LPDDR3-1600 Onboard RAM
256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
Reviews are not to great for this laptop, so I wasn’t to hesitant of the possibility of returning the computer back after the 15 days of purchase and get my money back. The 15 days have passed and I ended up keeping the computer. Also, from what I can see online, it looks like the laptop has been discontinued!
At first, to my surprise I wasn’t able to find any useful information on the internet regarding the compatibility of this laptop with Linux. I’m dual booting with Windows 10 Home edition along with Ubuntu 16.04 on this laptop as of the time of this writing. So as far as compatibility with Linux goes. Everything works perfectly fine.
The keyboard is ok, I’d prefer the keyboard on the XPS 13. One tiny annoyance is that the backtick/tilde key (~`) is next to the spacebar instead of the “Alt/Command” key. Instead of being before the number 1 key, like on any other traditional keyboard. Occasionally, I find myself accidentally triggering the backtick/tilde instead of the “Alt/Command” key. Also, the arrow keys are a bit to small for my liking, but not terrible. All special functions keys work perfectly, ie.; screen light, media keys, etc.
Another small keyboard annoyance is that I can’t adjust the lighting on the backlit keyboard. In fact, the backlit is only kept on if you’re using the keyboard. I suspect Toshiba made this awful choice in favor of saving battery life.
Battery life on this laptop is not that great, I think the culprit is the beautiful screen. Under moderate use, I get around 4-6 hours battery life.
Two-finger scrolling and two-finger right click work out of the box. The trackpad was a little to sensible but after a few tweaks, it’s almost perfect. Let’s face it the only worthy trackpads on laptop’s nowadays are those in Apple computers. On the other-hand it’s such a shame new Apple laptop keyboard keys are complete garbage, but I digress. These were the changes I made so that the trackpad doesn’t get easily triggered when I’m typing on the keyboard.
Touch screen works perfectly, however the major gotcha with my new laptop and it never crossed my mind when I initially bought the computer was the 4k HiDPI screen. When I loaded up Ubuntu, everything was absolutely tiny. I really wasn’t able to find any good documentation to fixing the HiDPI problems for Ubuntu’s Unity desktop. This was a huge surprise giving that Dell sells HiDPI XPS 13 machines with Ubuntu pre-installed! Thanks to the Arch Wiki documentation, I learned Gnome has good HiDPI support. So I ditched Unity for Gnome, and I must say the HiDPI support in Gnome is awesome. The 3140×2160 screen is absolute gorgeous. Practically all applications are scaled up properly, including my important core applications that I use the most.