2015 Reading Challenge: Pair 13

13. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien & “Gentlemen of the Road” by Michael Chabon 

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The two books in this pair are “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien and “Gentlemen of the Road” by Michael Chabon.  Here is the note from the BuzzFeed article:

So it doesn’t have any hobbits or wizards, but what "Gentlemen of the Road" lacks in fantasy it more than makes up for in action, adventure, and enthralling characters. Zelikman and Amram, physican and ex-soldier respectively, make their way through the Caucasus Mountains in the year 950, fighting and stealing and somehow getting in the middle of a full-scale revolution.

Do you agree these were good compliments?  What did you think of the books themselves?

Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post.  Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!

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With reflection, I would actual argue that the type of person that LOVES “The Hobbit” might be the kind of person who enjoys “Gentlemen of the Road”.  My frustrations with both books was that each moved slowly although I found “The Hobbit” had things consistently to keep me interested.  The funny thing is that I had such high expectations when I went to read each! 

The one thing I will point out is that if it is the world-building and fantasy aspects that inspires your imagination, then “Gentelmen of the Road” will not do much for you.  If, however, it’s the adventure and overall story-telling style then they are good compliments.