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Re: Companion and Guide - Reader's Guide
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Hi Dior,

the latest info I have on Douglas' Interview book is in the Events section here. October is the planned release date still.

Beren,

I agree with your non-objectivity assessment, and also agree in how useful the book is. I think part of the problem lies in the fact that Wayne and Christina had a lot of help from the family in putting these books together, and they have shown the tendency to drop relationships if they don't agree with something that was printed or said (As an example, Renee met and correpsonded with Christopher a few times and he was a member of the AHA, but when a fictional humor piece got printed in an issue of Rivendell Review that hit a little too close to home, Christopher permanently dropped all contact.)

Posted on: 2007/2/5 11:05
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New listings on Rown's Books
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Hi all,

in the interest of getting things moving a bit, I've decided to change the catalog format for Rown's Books just slightly. Instead of a static formatted catalog, I've created a "What's New" section of the database - all new Tolkien listings will go there first, and be cycled out to the normal stock listings every two weeks or so as I continue to catalog new items.

What's New at Rown's Books

I have more than 50 items listed there today, with a few hundred more waiting to be entered in - no point in making people wait for all or nothing!

I've also changed the mailing list notification process for the bookstore. Instead of an email address (an easy spam target, and hard for me to send bulk messages as they get spam blocked) I have set up an automated mailing list through a nice free list management service. You can subscribe/unsubscribe automatically through the web interface.

Tolkienlist subscription page

Posted on: 2007/2/5 10:44
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Re: TolkienBooks.net
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Hi Deagol,

with the move, the banner that was running up top for your site was no longer present (it was BiblioBanner.gif). I pointed to your main website title banner for now, let me know if you have a better banner url for me to refer to.

Your site looks great!

Posted on: 2007/2/4 23:55
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Re: Companion and Guide - Reader's Guide
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For those interested (like me) in the Snyder adaptation of The Hobbit, here is an excerpt from Gene Deitch's book, How To Succeed In Animation (Don't Let A Little Thing Like Failure Stop You!), quoted in Animation World Magazine:

Animation World Magazine article

Posted on: 2007/2/4 10:50
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I finally (finally!) cleared out enough stuff to get my reading hands on Christina Scull's and Wayne Hammond's Reader's Guide. What this means (for me) is that I can put in about a half hour a night when I am going to bed. I'm going straight through for the first pass, so a lot of my thoughts and comments are going to be in the A's right now.

First, as a general overview, these two volumes (the Chronology is the other one) look to be absolutely indispensable to the collector in particular, as they are absolutely chock full of information on dates, ephemera, inside info on publications and people, brief notes on the contents of various fanzines, etc. I'm glossing over the usefulness for the researcher, book fan, etc., all of which I know are here as well.

The second entry of the Reader's Guide is the Ace Book controversy (pp. 2-7). Five pages of this dense book, well referenced for all claims and quotes, a definitive layout of how it got started, the troubles it caused, and how it was definitively answered (in the courts in the early 1990s, finally). It indicates to me that George Allen & Unwin: A Remembrancer is a key book to have for those interested in the publishing history of Tolkien's works. I myself have been unable to find a copy of this book so far, and definitely need to get one. It will show up often in the Reader's Guide as a reference, I am sure. Also, for those interested in the Ace controversy, some interesting letters appear in print in Lighthouse, August 1965, and Saturday Review, 23 October 1965. Two Beyond Bree issues are critical for tracing the Ace controversy in detail - September and December 1995.

The third entry (a small one on Acocks Green, Warwickshire, p. 7) mentions in passing that a letter from Tolkien to a group of school children was first reprinted in a Sotheby's catalog from 16 December 2004. I think this qualifies as a first edition of Tolkien's writings in print. Just an example of the gems hiding in this vast volume.

The fifth entry is Adaptations, pp. 8-23 and worth every page. It goes over media translations (plays, movies, audio broadcasts) in good detail. One item mentioned in particular that I would like more information on (p. 21) - William L. Snyder made an authorized motion picture of The Hobbit circa 1962... "the result, running only about twelve minutes, was composed simply of cartoon stills or three-dimensional contructions, in which the only action was created by movement of the camera." Crammed into those twelve minutes is a very different story from Tolkien's original. No dwarves (instead a watchman, a soldier and a princess), and so on. Does this still exist? Anyone heard or seen it?

More to come as I read further...

Posted on: 2007/2/4 10:15
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