The Two Towers Liveblog Session 2

9:07PM: LIVEBLOGGING HAS ENDED. Thanks for tuning in for this miserably boring chapter that rehashed the conclusions we were pretty much able to draw from the previous chapter.

8:04PM: LIVEBLOG SESSION HAPPENING NOW. All blogging/commentary will be made as comments in response to this post.

After an overhyped football game and a Hallmark holiday about love interfering with my reading schedule, I’ll be back at you tonight at 8pm with more of The Two Towers liveblog experience. Needless to say, this liveblog is going to be a hell of a lot funnier if you participate, so join me right here at 8pm for a dose of high fantasy and total nonsense.

First time hearing about this? You must be filtering my inane postings out of your Facebook feed! But you can still get the scoop on why I’m doing this and what it’s about right here.

As foolish as four Hobbits leaving the Shire: live-blogging The Two Towers

In December I decided I was going to give the Lord of the Rings trilogy another shot, so I brought Fellowship of the Ring home to read through January. Then I started posting commentary about the book while I was reading, which people seemed to find relatively amusing. This, unfortunately for the internet, contributed to my personal delusion that I’m funny, and got me thinking that perhaps I should step up the ridiculousness in my first-ever complete reading of this fantasy epic. Instead of just making the occasional offhanded comment, why not live-blog the whole thing like some sort of culturally significant current event?

So, as I read The Two Towers, I will be live-blogging jokes, thoughts, and the like on What the Fidd as they occur to me. Ideally, I’ll notify you guys far enough in advance of each live-blog session that people can be engaging with me while I’m reading, trading comments back and forth. Needless to say, this is going to be slow going. Given how long it took me to do the first two chapters, I’m only going to do this a chapter at a time, which  means this may continue for a while, depending on the rest of my schedule (not every day is the Snowpocalypse, after all).

I hope you’ll join me in this completely silly venture and continue to support my egregiously incorrect belief that I am hilarious.

Jan/Feb books

So, a while ago you might remember that I mentioned I was reading The Fellowship of the Ring, which I finished just in time to meet my January two-book goal. Pretty enjoyable read that went much better than my previous attempt some years ago that also spawned some hilarious tweets and the idea to live-blog The Two Towers (more on that in my next post, or review the absurdity in the previous post). Tolkien’s craft is the really impressive part of the book–his care in illustrating the world he’s created consumed me more than parts of the actual Fellowship plotline. For all my jokes about the obscene number of songs, chants, and poems in the book, most of them were interesting enough to encourage me to take a crack at The Silmarillion after I finish the main trilogy.

Despite being somewhat lacking in the character development department at the expense of his worldbuilding, at least reading Fellowship means that characters that are frankly almost indistinguishable in the films have much more distinct personalities. This is particularly true of the Hobbits–Merry and Pippin hold their own much better in the books so far, and Gimli feels much less like comedic relief.

As I mentioned before, I’m gonna be live-blogging The Two Towers over the course of February, but given that it’s going to be pretty slow going to blog each part of the book as I read it, I’m not anticipating finishing it this month, and it’s not going toward my two-book quota. As some of you may know, I have a habit of reading multiple books at once, and another habit of not finishing any of the books (or video games) I’m in the middle of before picking up something new that I will maybe finish instead. In the spirit of trying to cut down on books I am halfway through, I’d like to finish J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians this month (if I sounded like I thought Orhan Pamuk’s Snow was depressing, wait until I’m done with this!) and also treat myself to a book a recently picked up–The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection by Martin Page. I am not helping my chances of avoiding seasonal affective disorder at all this month! I’m anticipating having to switch back and forth between these two somewhat frequently due to do literary density, so if I’m lucky, I’ll add a lighter third book to offset the other two (sorry, live-blogging Two Towers does not make it light enough).

On a final note, it is a bad idea to get back into listening to Pandora when you have no money to procure all of the cool things you’re being introduced to on your stations.

The Two Towers Live-Blog Session 1

8:19pm: This session of The Two Towers live-blog experience has closed. Feel free to continue commenting, though any responses from me will be less prompt.

Covered in this post: Book 3, Chapters 1 and 2

Why on earth am I doing this?

5:11pm: The Two Towers live-blog session underway. All blogging/commentary will be made as comments in response to this post.

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