Michael Stolz

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (6 of 6)
Location: Buffalo, NY, USA


Top Reviewer Ranking: 538,055 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 6
The Silmarillion (Illustrated Edition) by J R Tolkien
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!, Aug. 28 2004
This is definitely one of the best books in my posession. The Silmarillion is astonishing in its philosophical and theological depth. It should not be labeled as merely "phantasy".
While this book is about all kinds of creatures, it is definitely also a metaphor on the human condition, with all its highs and its many lows. One failure after another of the elves and men trails through the history of middle earth, and once in a while, a hero redeems his or her race by a spectacular act of goodness. Important questions about our mortality and Tolkien's christian ideas about the meaning of our lives are woven into the stories without becoming a lecture.
This book is more… Read more
Clothar the Frank by Jack Whyte
Clothar the Frank by Jack Whyte
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine book, Aug. 28 2004
I am grateful for Jack Whytes "Dream of Eagles" series which transports its readers back into the times when the Roman Empire contracted in preparation of its eventual demise in 476AD.
This book, again, breathes live into history, as did Jack Whyte's other excellent books. This book (Clothar the Frank), however, focusses strongly on one person, Clothar, who will become who we now know as Sir Lancelot.
The book struck me in the first 31 pages as overly melancholic, and then proceeds at a pace a little too slow for my taste for the next 100 pages. Then, however, with Clothar reaching manhood with sixteen, the book picks up pace and Jack Whyte is at his usual best again… Read more