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Re: New Book Releases
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I agreed with most of what you say Stu.

I just thought "glorious awfulness" was a little uncalled for; & stating that the most worthwhile thing about this book was Tolkien's letter --well, that's a little unfair. If that's what he thinks, why buy it?, since he clearly dislikes Blok's work with a passion.

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Posted on: 2011/11/8 14:02
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Re: New Book Releases
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Stu, I did say it makes me wonder...

What I was really edging towards saying was --if Rateliff (watch that spelling SonOfDolf! ) just doesn't like Blok's art personally (otherwise known as personal taste), he should just plainly state this. Instead it's dressed up in some fairly harsh criticism of the art itself. It was the tone more than anything.

That aside, I wonder who he does rate. I think, personally, that Tolkien saw in Blok's art something he liked --hence buying a few. Blok reminds me of Baynes (& more recently Ruth Lacon) in lacking realism. Somehow I don't think (just speculation, mind) Tolkien would have much liked Howe, Nasmith, or even perhaps Lee. I'm just curious as to whether Rateliff rates any of the big three...

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Posted on: 2011/11/7 15:45
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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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No, correction, I fib...

THE HOBBIT BY JR TOLKIEN DATED 1958 HARDBACK BOOK
(ENDED: 24th September 2011)

...it was bought by this seller a few weeks back.

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Posted on: 2011/11/5 15:38
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Re: New Book Releases
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I just read John Rateliff's blog [review] of Tolkien Tapestry --how phenomenally negative. It makes me wonder whether he has a high opinion of any Tolkien-inspired art? If he does not, this critique makes sense --although the point in criticising one particular artist seems rather pointless (if you don't rate any of them.)

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Posted on: 2011/11/5 11:56
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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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Again!

This seller already listed this copy (or one very like it) closely followed by a slightly different one (again with a very distinct binding), if I recall correctly. Certainly unusual.

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Posted on: 2011/11/5 9:55
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