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Leonard Maltin’s “The Hobbit: . .” a Thrilling Joyride Worth Repeating

In response to Leonard Maltin’s 431‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Leonard Maltin's Picks

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Those searching for the literary equivalent of a gold ring need look no further than “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” by Leonard Maltin.

From the opening stanza, the reader will sense this is going to be an epic tale of intrigue and adventure. And Maltin delivers just that. “The Hobbit: . .” is a fun, lively and comprehensive assessment of the subject matter. The author manages to bestow emotional weight into a subject utterly devoid of it.  

Additionally, he portrays the more grandiose aspects of the topic more effectively than all the special effects in Hollywood could ever hope to accomplish. And he does both with the ease and aptitude of a seasoned tour guide… a literary sage of sorts who always seems to know what lies down every path ahead of time. And somehow, he does all off this while still leaving plenty for the reader to interpret on their own.

The girth of this work is a little on the hefty side, rivaling the running time of its topic. That said, the minutes go by in no time with this highly digestible tome. In fact, the reader may wish to re-explore its rich passages once the journey concludes in order to mine any gold they miss the first time.

Hence, Maltin creates a tale that is so engrossing, it warrants multiple readings purely for the joy it provides. It is a testament to the skill of the author to create something as enduring as this, and it is a worthy addition to any reader’s literary collection.    

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