Just finished re-reading The Hobbit
and I was reminded all over again on why I loved that book ( and Bilbo! ) when I first read it all those years ago. And it's nice to get re-acquainted with Bard and Beorn and Smaug and all the rest.
I googled up the cast of the movie just now and wow, the dwarves!! Totally approved of Luke Evans as Bard and I'm over the hill and under the hill and all over the hill with Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. I was initially disappointed when I found out that we'd only get to hear his voice in the movie but Smaug has Benedict written all over him and he'd be totally wrong as Beorn, and I bet Smaug's interaction with Bilbo will have all the Sherlock/Watson shippers squeeing in delight!
Btw, is it confirmed that Evangeline Lily will be playing an elf? She'd made a pretty elf maiden with her freckles and her long, curly tresses. And is Stephen Fry really going to play the Master of The Lake???
Next book : The Landscape of Love
by Sally Beauman. I first knew of her when I read her sequel to Daphne du Maurier's classic 'Rebecca', Rebecca's Tale
. I don't usually read sequels when they're written by different authors as I found them usually less satisfying than the ones written by the original authors, but Beauman more than delivered with her equally haunting 'Rebecca's Tale
. Still didn't get to find out the name of the second Mrs de Winter though but I'm glad that she had remained nameless. She probably wouldn't be as mysterious if we knew her name!