3. Grendel by John Gardner

I've always meant to read this book, and now that I have I'm already sad that it's over. I started it last night, and finished it today. I'm reading it for two reasons. First, I always loved Beowulf. It's one of those books that really grabbed my attention when I was in school, precisely becasue it';s so old and mysterious. Yanked from the  mists of time. Second, I wanted to make sure I read it before the movie came out. I didn't want a CGI Grendel stuck in my head when I read the book. 

In any case, I started and finished this last night. It's a phenominal read. Give it a shot. 

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