The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Either way, the movie is as must-see as the book is must-read, though if you have only seen the movie and decide that it’s not worth reading the book, I strongly suggest otherwise.
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The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

“Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. The book presents us with the richest profusion of new lands and creatures, from the beauty of Lothlórien to the horror of Mordor.” – Sunday Telegraph
 

About J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
 
Published February 15, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 352 pages
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Common Sense Media

Good
on Sep 10 2014

For the most part this book feels a bit less violent than the movie, which turned the battle at Helm's Deep into a much bigger, bloodier spectacle.

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St. Louis Today

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Reviewed by Sarah Bryan Miller on Nov 15 2013

Tolkien gets to introduce more of the satisfyingly complex history and mythology of one of the best imaginative worlds in literature. The conclusion is irresistible...

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Reviewed by REBECCA FISHER on Aug 26 2014

Either way, the movie is as must-see as the book is must-read, though if you have only seen the movie and decide that it’s not worth reading the book, I strongly suggest otherwise.

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Above average
on Jun 07 2012

When the story follows Pippin and Merry there are lighter moments...But as the story switches to Frodo and Sam, the mood is much more somber with a feeling that "all hope is lost,"...Readers won't find the mood lightened until the series concludes with The Return of the King.

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Good
on Sep 05 2014

If you want to know how Gollum keeps his promise, you will have to read the book for yourself. It is a grievous story of treachery illumined only by the love of Samwise for his master.

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Reviewed by Krysta on Mar 01 2014

Frodo and Sam’s story possesses a sort of poignant, pathetic beauty. Frodo is clearly suffering at this point, but feels compelled to go on, to try to do the right thing.

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Reviewed by trose7 on Oct 30 2010

The Lord of the Rings is a good book to read, but it is better to watch the movie, as they are fairly similar and the movie makes the action come alive more.

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Blogizomai

Excellent
Reviewed by KYLE MCDANELL on Sep 22 2014

The "resurrection" of Gandalf is interesting in light of Tolkien's Christian faith. Wormtongue remains a strange character who serves as a puppet of Sauronman. I love Theoden as a king. Its a great story, but you already knew that. If you haven't read the book already, do it now!

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Reviewed by matthew_wood on Jan 30 2012

Tolkien’s skills are with words and creating realistic fantasy worlds. In theory, this should present as a well-realised work of literature but there’s just too much crap surrounding the story to make this an interesting read for me.

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