Time for another book post! The first bit of June I was finishing up the Harry Potter series, but the second half introduced me to a rather …interesting book.
After a Tolkien themed visit to Oxford, I felt inspired to read something either of his or about him. I recalled a book that I had on my kindle “Mirkwood: A Novel about JRR Tolkien” by Steve Hillard. I threw it on there thinking it was a memoir, so I decided to give it a try,
Well boy was I in for a surprise. The book is in fact, a work of fiction, which you will note from the inside cover page where a big disclaimer is placed. Intriguied, I continued to read on. Unfortunately the book is not as exciting as one would hope. It is at best, a heightened version of fan fiction featuring Tolkien himself and the universe of Middle Earth as an existing, alternate reality.
I would not really recommend the book to anyone, but I am glad that I finished it all the way through as it was entertaining. A brief summary of the book:
Enter Mirkwood, the Great Forest of Doubt Bold new author Steve Hillard’s wildly original debut, Mirkwood, re-invents J.R.R. Tolkien as a man haunted by the very myths he rewove into his famous works. As much literary criticism as boisterous epic, this episodically-driven plot explores the blurred borderlands where ancient tales, lost heroines, and epic journeys are stalked by dim monsters that will not be still. In 1970, Professor Tolkien makes a little-known visit to America-and sets in motion elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic documents. Destinies are altered, legends become real, and two heroines must race for their lives in vastly different worlds. – GoodReads (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10314953-mirkwood)
The story it pretty outlandish and overall it was hard for me to follow. However, I don’t do well as a negative reviewer and the fact is that I did finish it, so it is not terrible. If you like Middle Earth and fantasy and are looking for a light read, then maybe I would reccomend “Mirkwood: A Novel about JRR Tolkien”.
– xoxo Veronica