“better than book 1”Jillian S wrote this review Wednesday, September 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this second installment of the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, our hero Frodo Baggins continues on his quest towards Mordor after splitting from his original group. With his friend and gardener Samwise and the unpredictable Gollum at his side, he navigates through many perilous obstacles. There are many positive elements to this novel, such as the well-depicted characters. As Tolkien has proven in the first book, he is capable of weaving beautiful backstories and patching together various traits to create a lovable character, such as Frodo or Gandalf. On the other hand, the story did seem slightly unclear at times and it wasn't quite as interesting as the other books. Overall, the book is extremely good in terms of characters although I rated it a four as the plotline could have been better.”notjagan wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First thing--The Lord of the Rings was conceived as one novel and The Two Towers is the middle portion. These aren't self-contained books, so if you haven't read The Fellowship of the Ring first you're going to be lost--and if you don't have The Return of the King by your side when you're finished you're going to be frustrated.
This is a tremendously influential book in modern fantasy. If you're a fan of the genre at all I'd recommend reading The Lord of the Rings if only so you can spot the many cheap imitations. However, yes, some parts are a slog. On my reread of The Fellowship of the Ring I was mostly impressed with how readable it was--not so much the case I think with Book One of The Two Towers. The title refers to two towers that are ruled over by the dark lords of Middle Earth our heroes must defeat. At the end of The Fellowship of the Ring, the group that had combined forces was scattered. Frodo and Sam left to make their way to Mordor, and the rest of the group was split further. The other two hobbits, Merry and Pippin, were captured by Orcs and in the first half of the book Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas go hunting for them and we follow their adventures involving the tower at Isengard.
And this is where I really found the reading a slog. It seems whenever Tolkien has hobbits in the mix, the narrative is light, humorous and engaging. But when they disappear from the narrative, Tolkien goes into heroic saga mode. Gimli challenges those who impugn "his" lady's honor like a knight out of Mallory. Out of his and others' mouths come out words like: verily, alas, forsooth, ere, aught, oft, nay, yonder. I think that is what contributes to the reputation of The Lord of the Rings as stiff (and those songs--which I skip over.)
Even in that first part, though, there are pleasures. Our first glimpse, for instance, of Eowyn is in this part--the closest thing Tolkien has to a kick-ass heroine. Then there's the Ents who--not unlike Tolkien's hobbits--are a fresh fantasy creation--even after decades of fantasy. I loved Treebeard in particular.
And I don't think the second book of this volume, that follows Sam and Frodo into Mordor, is a slog at all. Gollum is genuinely creepy and pitiable and the entire journey is as epic and imaginative as something out of Dante's Inferno and the development of all three characters and Sam and Frodo's friendship is wonderful to read.”
“2.5*”Danae wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Its very descriptive and artistic”Emerson wrote this review Tuesday, September 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was good but The beginning was kind of slow, but sometimes thats good, I love the discription with the ents”Battyr wrote this review Tuesday, September 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yes, I know I could save time and words by rating the entire trilogy as a set rather than one book at a time. But I would be this book by itself just for this gorgeous cover featuring the equally gorgeous elf Legolas. The Two Towers also recounts Legolas' developing friendship with the dwarf Gimli, so it seems fitting that Legolas should grace its cover.”P.L. Blair wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So much lack of action and so much inner turmoil in this one, but still enjoyable and still necessary for the story line or I would complain way more. Always want to tell Frodo to man-up though. ”Zombie Katie wrote this review Wednesday, September 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For some reason, naawa ako kay Smeagol :(”Camille Rodriguez wrote this review Monday, September 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No