It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that is waiting for the spaceship to arrive and take it to safety as the world ends. It's not here yet but we expect it at any moment. Honest.
Stop bothering Rox with your last minute crap Xmas gift ideas
Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.
Well, I wasn't going to listen to this podcast - since I knew you would talk about The Hobbit (which I loved) and Widge's review made me sad. I didn't want to be sad again.
Really glad I did break down and listen - or I would have missed the Drunken Irishman Power Hour. That made my holiday season complete. It's podcasts like this that make me keep giving you money.
Oh, and yes, Widge - you ARE meant to read The Silmarrilion. I read or listen to it once a year and find it wonderful. But then, I made it through the Dead Sea Scrolls, too, and found them fascinating. My brain is wired weird.
Widge: I tried reading the Silmarillion too and couldn't get into it. I took the advice Rox gave me during a phone conversation and read the Wikipedia (which is always right) synopsis of it. I liked The Hobbit, but saw it in standard format. I'm glad I did, because even sitting in the back row I still got a little nauseated from the video-game style chase scenes. So I won't be going back to the Big Screen--of any format--for a second viewing.
Carol: I have a friend that likes the Silmarillion as much as you do. He even likes it better than Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit and feels Peter Jackson should have started his movies with the Silmarillion first.