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Marc Mohan’s “The Hobbit…” an Unexpected Delight

In response to Marc Mohan’s 801‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Oregonian

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In short, Marc Mohan’s “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ review: More of too much of a good thing” takes one away so absolutely, they may never wish to come back again.

It’s so easy to get lost in the world Mohan creates, it’s almost an adventure in itself. The trials and tribulations of everyday life simply melt away from the moment the reader glances upon the early passages. One cannot resist pushing forth to see where this winding path leads. At every turn is more depth, every corner more adventure. With every word, the author works his magic deeper and deeper into the reader’s soul until they are completely bewitched by his spell. It is utterly impossible to pull away before seeing this piece through to the end.

And those who persist (and a majority will) will find themselves rewarded with a satisfying conclusion that justifies any time lost along the journey. The strategic approach by which Mohan presents the material and the methodical way he employs his gift to push the reader to the end is nothing short of sheer genius. The author is like an elderly sage, gently nudging the reader in the right direction at all times. Although it may seem he is leading one astray at times, there is a rhyme and reason for everything. And all is revealed in time.

Truly, “‘The Hobbit: …” is a thoroughly satisfying assessment of its source material and gloriously exemplifies the author’s immeasurable literary prowess. It is a true gem worth more than a mountain of treasure at the core of a lonely mountain.    

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