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3 hours ago, Requiem said:

So I'm finally sticking with 'The Silmarillion' and now intend to read the whole thing after two or three false starts.

I've read 'The Hobbit' twice and 'Lord of the Rings' twice, and I figured it's a pity that I haven't bothered to stick with 'The Silmarillion'. It takes a huge commitment though to get through those first 50 pages that are so dense with names, places, and Tolkien's love for archaic phrasings. For those who haven't read it, it's more about the lore than a traditional plot as it explains the creation of the universe which Middle Earth inhabits.

I was turning to the glossary at the back after every second or third paragraph so that I was 100% clear on what was happening to whom. I didn't want to miss a detail. By page 65 I really got the hang of it and the whole picture is starting to form. I think I'm at about page 70 now. 

I can thank Blind Guardian for the impetus by the way. I figured if a bunch of Germans can write a whole concept album on it then I, with my fancy book learning, could at least read it! 

I'm glad I'm reading it because I'm actually finding it very relaxing as the last thing I do before sleep. Normally I'm storming through books with reckless abandon, but with this I'm taking it slow in order to savour it, like a fine wine or the courtship of a beautiful woman. 

I love the Silmarillion. If you're really a fan of Tolkien's world, it's indispensable. First bit is bone dry, but if you're over that hurdle you're in good shape. And it does take on more of a "series of short stories" quality as it goes along.

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On 2017-5-28 at 0:59 AM, FatherAlabaster said:

I love the Silmarillion. If you're really a fan of Tolkien's world, it's indispensable. First bit is bone dry, but if you're over that hurdle you're in good shape. And it does take on more of a "series of short stories" quality as it goes along.

This is what I'm finding. I can't believe I haven't read it until now. The scary thing is it's really drawing me back into Tolkien's world in a big way and it's taking on new heights. 'The Silmarillion' is enriching everything that I already know and love. 

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I keep my copy of the Silmarillion on my bedside table, like other people keep their Bibles or porn. I've gone through about 7 paperbacks of it since I was 12ish I think, although the hardcover is always safe on a shelf. Other than Tolkien I enjoy science fiction, although haven't really felt like reading any for a few years (and can't really name any favorites right now).  I have an obsession with arctic, antarctic, and amazon exploration and collect books about that.

 

 

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12 hours ago, FreshPrinceOfBeleriand said:

I keep my copy of the Silmarillion on my bedside table, like other people keep their Bibles or porn. I've gone through about 7 paperbacks of it since I was 12ish I think, although the hardcover is always safe on a shelf. Other than Tolkien I enjoy science fiction, although haven't really felt like reading any for a few years (and can't really name any favorites right now).  I have an obsession with arctic, antarctic, and amazon exploration and collect books about that.

 

 

Your username gives some hint to your 'Silmarillion' admiration. Even as I'm passing the halfway mark it's still a struggle at times (in a first reading). I counted 9 separate names in one sentence including people and places. It's a tough read. I'm getting there, though and it's a very enjoyable late night text. Very relaxing in its own way, like good fantasy is wont to be. 

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I'm in the process of building a proper book collection and here is my recent tripleplusgood order of dystopian fiction: 

Nineteen-Eighty Four

A Clockwork Orange

Fahrenheit 451

On 12/26/2014 at 8:08 AM, FatherAlabaster said:
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Odd that he likes Dune' date=' but not David Lynch.[/quote'] Why? Because, among his many blunders, he directed a terrible movie adaptation of one of my favorite books? :D

Never read the book but as a huge fan of Lynch I can say that his version of Dune was a lot better than the Alan Smithee version at least ;)

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8 minutes ago, Vampyrique said:

I'm in the process of building a proper book collection and here is my recent tripleplusgood order of dystopian fiction: 

Nineteen-Eighty Four

A Clockwork Orange

Fahrenheit 451

Clockwork Orange is fantastic! I adore the film too!

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On ‎10‎/‎9‎/‎2017 at 3:39 AM, Vampyrique said:

I'm in the process of building a proper book collection and here is my recent tripleplusgood order of dystopian fiction: 

Nineteen-Eighty Four

A Clockwork Orange

Fahrenheit 451

Never read the book but as a huge fan of Lynch I can say that his version of Dune was a lot better than the Alan Smithee version at least ;)

Just started reading A Clockwork Orange (about 1/3 of the way through).  I like it, but I don't think it was good as 1984.

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On 10/9/2017 at 3:50 AM, natassja7 said:

Clockwork Orange is fantastic! I adore the film too!

I love the film!  

8 hours ago, Balor said:

Just started reading A Clockwork Orange (about 1/3 of the way through).  I like it, but I don't think it was good as 1984.

I've never read the book but I've always wanted to since I'm a big fan of the film. The novel of Nineteen Eighty-Four is outstanding and the film versions aren't bad either.   

 

 

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6 hours ago, Vampyrique said:

I love the film!  

I've never read the book but I've always wanted to since I'm a big fan of the film. The novel of Nineteen Eighty-Four is outstanding and the film versions aren't bad either.   

 

 

'Brave New World' may be of interest to you also, if you haven't already checked it out.

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11 hours ago, Vampyrique said:

I love the film!  

I've never read the book but I've always wanted to since I'm a big fan of the film. The novel of Nineteen Eighty-Four is outstanding and the film versions aren't bad either.   

 

 

If you read the book, make sure that it is the complete version.  The film and many other versions of the book do not have the final chapter, and do not end as the author intended them to.

I have never seen the 1984 movie.  I will have to look into it at some point.

 

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