I don’t have to tell most of you what Tame the Web is, but humor me. Let me tell you a little about what the blog has meant to me. Michael Stephens , the creator of Tame the Web, was my very first…
Reader Services Librarian Leah White and Virtual Services Librarian Cathleen Doyle interview Libby Fischer Hellman, author of 2012’s “A Bitter Veil” and the popular Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis mystery series. Libby will join the Suspicious Minds crime fiction book discussion on April 18th at 7pm to discuss her book, “Set the Night on Fire”.
I helped make this. Very proud. Wouldn’t have been possible without my awesome coworker, Cathleen, and our gracious (and seriously awesome) interviewee, Libby Fischer Hellman.
Up on the blog, my Best of 2012 lists for SF & Fantasy and Adult Comics & Graphic Novels. Check it out!
September 21, 1937: The Hobbit is published.
J.R.R.Tolkien’s classic children’s novel turns 75 years old today. The book begins with the line “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit”, a sentence which, according to Tolkien, came to him spontaneously while marking papers. The first edition dust jacket was designed by the author himself, who also provided the black and white illustrations. Since 1937, The Hobbit has been translated into over forty languages and sold tens of millions of copies. The initial print of 1,500 copies ran out in three months, and response was unanimously favorable. Tolkien’s close friend and fellow fantasy author C.S. Lewis wrote in The Times Literary Supplement: ”Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.”
Perhaps The Hobbit’s greatest legacy was not the book itself but the sequel that was published seventeen years later - the far more complex first volume of The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring. Urged on by his publishers, who wished to make the most out of the smashing success that was The Hobbit, Tolkien worked on his sequel slowly and deliberately through the years of World War II and after. Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings brought the popularity of fantasy literature to new heights and established Tolkien as the “father”of modern high fantasy.
The first film of Peter Jackson’s new trilogy, based off The Hobbit, is set to release in December.
A discussion recap of Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.
What I want is not faithfulness, but an active engagement with the material, which doesn’t have to preclude faithfulness. The question filmmakers should ask is not, “How can I bring this story to the screen without losing anything?,” but “What in this book do I want to emphasize?