Thursday, December 15, 2005

Finally a review that stands the test of time

After so many letters I have reprinted this review from and earlier Amazon review reprinted on my blog. Its all based on fact. 12/16/05

I dont understand why so many people found this review unhelpful. I fear Lord of the Rings fans are out to get me. Let them I'm ready, you can be darn sure of that, I didnt grow up on the means streets of the Beagly Dump road without picking up a few street fighting tricks.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $50.40
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours

18 used from $21.68

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Need I say more, January 7, 2005
First read this when I was but a wee lad, great books a must read, why it reminds me of when I was a wee wee lad and my brother Charles Chadwick told me that he thought Smedley (a bona fide little person who live up the road from us) had some firecrackers and maybe we should pay him a visit and maybe get to light some off! Well we hopped on the tractor and drove down to his house,farm country if you must know.We saw him from a distance shooting hoops on his makeshift gravel court we drove up and he of course had a puzzled look on his face since we had never visited him before, we just rode the same school bus. Well as an ice breaker we played a game of horse, he won. Then he challenged us to a game, which hardly seemed fair since he was a little person like the Dwarf in "Lord of The Rings" , we took him up on it and were soundly trounced, he had an amazing hook shot. Well my brother Charles Chadwick decided to broach the subject of firecrackers and Smedley didn't know what he was talking about, we followed him around abit and he showed us a 5 gallon bucket of grease for the tractors, we had never seen such a quantity of grease in our lives, pretty cool. As we were looking at the grease my brother Charles Chadwick told Smedley that he had dropped a quarter in the grease and he could have it if he dug it out, without hesitation Smedley reached elbow deep into the grease and then my brother Charles Chadwick laughed and said he didn't really, we all laughed, some more than others and thats about all I remember about that visit. But I digress, Lord of the Rings all the way! I found the Silmarillion a little difficult but you cant go wrong with the trilogy.


At 5:35 AM , Blogger ing said...

I'm going to run out and buy me a copy. Well done.

At 6:15 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

ing: Thanks if Amazon would pay me I would be motivated to write more great reviews! A win win but they are tight with the purse.

At 7:52 AM , Blogger Phats said...

I have never gotten into Lord of the rings, I read all the time but never this kind of stuff. Nice review though

At 10:18 AM , Blogger Javier said...

I have never watched that movie is it good?

At 11:20 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Phats: Yeah hell it was a great review!
f javier: Yea, lot of little people.

At 11:48 AM , Blogger Phats said...

Little people are cool, but can be a bit scary

At 1:33 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

I got in a fight with one on the school bus, same one from my reveiw. They can be scary alright!

At 2:15 AM , Blogger Javier said...

Little people stink!!

At 4:16 AM , Blogger josh williams said...


At 10:26 AM , Blogger kellywalters said...

I love them.. if I could..

I would marry them if I could.. that would be a large amount of husbands

At 11:05 AM , Blogger Phats said...

Lets just banish all the little people to Exile Island!

At 11:15 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Roxi: Think how many would fit under your covers. If you had a big blue comforter it would look like a stormy sea with you in the middle.
Phats: I tried to mapquest exile island, no luck. Do you ahve any idea where she lie?

At 5:30 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

Josh your review rules dude. I think you could be my passport to fame - after reading that i am seriously contemplating asking you to be a reviewer in my new Coffee Table book i decided to write yesterday....

At 5:43 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

I would honored to review your coffee table book! Provided it is not about my weakness's~` Nah, it would have been called a...the water "Table" in Oceana! Thanks JW

At 7:53 PM , Blogger ing said...

Josh, you slay me. I'm bleeding. Tom Waits is the greatest.

At 8:09 PM , Blogger ing said...

Okay, here's one for you by The Magnetic Fields.

Reno Dakota there's not an iota of kindness in you,
you know you enthrall me and yet you don't call me,
it's making me blue.
Pantone 292. . .

Reno Dakota I'm reaching my quota of tears for the
alas and alack you just don't call me back, you have
just disappeared.
It makes me drink beer. . .

I know you're a recluse,
you know that's no excuse,
Reno that's just a ruse:
do not play fast and loose with my heart.

Reno Dakota I'm no Nino Rota I don't know the
have I annoyed you or is there a boy who --
well, he's just a whore.
I've had him before.
It makes me drink more. . .

At 8:20 PM , Blogger Phats said...

Alright this is how pathetic I am, I had just finished watching the survivor finale, and they are calling their next season Exile Island haha :) don't mind me i am a dork. It's taking place in Panama, lets just send em there.

At 8:42 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

nice one mate. i'll go get the red carpet steamcleaned for when we walk down to get our Book Writer Bitchin awards eh...

At 2:30 AM , Blogger Glenn Hopper said...

Ahhh ... yes ... I remember this gem. Nice work all around.

Jesus God, I've got to get back to blogging.

My brain hurts.

At 6:24 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

ing:Romeo is Bleeding, thats a rocker!
The Magnetic Fields hmm this will motivate a heavy google session.
Phats: Pamnanma it is!
JJ: You can never be to prepared.
GH: You actually read this before~` Dang! Whats odd is that it is all pretty much the truth.

At 7:46 AM , Blogger ing said...

Josh, what's the story behind your blog's title, yo?

At 8:26 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

When I was a lad of seven my folks (specifically me da) told me I was going to get a mule for Christmas. As my da would say " you will sit on it hold onto its big ears and ride it around”. I was pretty sure they were teasing but was prepared emotionally to receive a mule for Christmas. Well it was not a mule but a Mini bike manufactured for Sears, essentially a lawn mower engine bolted onto a crude frame. So I named my first blog after my first bike. They are not very sophisticated my bike or the blog but you axed.

At 10:51 AM , Blogger jungle jane said...

Jesus parents can be so cruel. That's child abuse, Josh. Every kid needs an ass...

At 11:02 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

I would have been happy with a piece of ass? Yes fate has a funny way about it. Had I received the mule perhaps I would have become a Mule Skinner, not many around these days so I could really charge top dollar. But no I got a fucking mini bike and I am not mechanical, at all, so I spend money like I have it just to keep the damn thing running well enough that I dont freak out and throw it off a cliff in a cant start you piece of shit fury!

At 11:13 AM , Blogger jungle jane said...

I think you should throw the mini bike off the cliff yelling "you're next, Dad".

Betchya 5 bucks and a can of coke that you'll wake up on christmas with the ass of your dreams in your christmas stocking....

At 11:32 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Good idea. My thoughts would be more along the stockings side.

At 5:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ancient Egypt 'respected dwarfs'
The Egyptian dwarf god Bes
The Ancient Egyptians respected dwarfs, and did not see them as having a physical handicap, according to a study by US researchers.

A team from Georgetown University Hospital looked at biological remains and artistic evidence of dwarfism in ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptians worshipped dwarf gods, and many dwarfs held positions of authority in households.

The research was published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Wisdom writings and moral teachings in ancient Egypt commanded respect for dwarfs and other individuals with disabilities
Dr Chahira Kozma, Georgetown University

In modern times, doctors have identified over 100 medical conditions that cause short stature.

The most common cause is achondroplasia which causes severe shortening of the limbs. It affects 1 in 25,000 births per year.

Around 75% of individuals with a restricted growth condition are born to parents of average size.

The US researchers looked at Ancient Egypt because the hot, dry climate and elaborate burial systems practised then have meant many human remains are still intact, including complete and partial skeletons.

Lavish burials

Dr Chahira Kozma, of the department of paediatrics at Georgetown University.

They looked at dwarfs who achieved "elite" status in society, and ordinary dwarfs.

The researchers found that the earliest biological evidence of dwarfs in dates back to a Predynastic Period called the "Badarian Period" (4500 BC) in addition to several skeletons from the Old Kingdom (2700 - 2190 BC).

They found numerous images of dwarfism on tomb walls and on vase paintings, statues and other art forms.

Dwarfs were depicted in at least 50 tombs, and the repetition of certain pictures shows that they were well integrated into society, the researchers said.

The pictures showed dwarfs were employed as personal attendants, overseers of linen, people who looked after animals, jewellers, dancers and entertainers.

Several were members of households of high officials and were esteemed enough to receive lavish burial sites in the royal cemetery close to the pyramids.

There were also two dwarf gods in ancient Egypt; Bes and Ptah.

Bes was a protector of sexuality, childbirth, women and children. His temple was recently excavated in the Baharia oasis in the middle of Egypt.

Ptah was associated with regeneration and rejuvenation.

Writing in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Dr Kozma said: "The burial sites and artistic sources provide glimpses of the positions in daily life in ancient Egypt.

"Dwarfs were accepted in ancient Egypt; their recorded daily activities suggest assimilation into daily life, and their disorder was never shown as a physical handicap."

He added: "Wisdom writings and moral teachings in ancient Egypt commanded respect for dwarfs and other individuals with disabilities."

"Furthermore their daily activities suggest integration in daily life and that their disorder was not shown as a physical handicap."


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