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Re: New Book Releases
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IMHO, the S&G and CoH SD editions are worth picking up at discount (I think they were actually GBP 175 on the black Friday sale, not 125 -- but could be wrong).

I technically paid 125 for my S&G (well, I actually paid 250 right back when they came out, but they sent me two copies for reasons known only to them -- and when I emailed them I heard nothing back). I think they are decent value below 200, as they are MUCH better than the standard deluxe editions. CoH in particular is really very nice. S&G is a bit bland looking but well made (except for the adhesive used to bond the clamshell together which stretches in warm climate -- easily fixed, though). Full RRP is and always was a joke for these.

You shouldn't have to pay too much for Perilous Realm. It got a Chinese reprint a year or so back and there were loads of them floating around on Ebay up until fairly recently (at a lot less than the ridiculous £75 RRP). If you want a non-Chinese one, they are probably still more expensive, I assume. I won't touch the Chinese Deluxes personally; There is something just "off" about them.

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Re: New Book Releases
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Earl wrote:
I agree, Stu. Even the deluxe editions of the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and Tales From The Perilous Realm, were really just about the cover and slipcase matching those of the deluxe series. I really wish these editions had some "content" that set them apart from the regular hardcover and paperback editions.



Absolutely. The deluxe editions have generally not had much (if anything) in the way of special features. Having a frontispiece that contains the cover-art that would ordinarily grace the dust jacket of the standard edition, isn't really a special feature in my book (e.g. CoH, Silmarillion, etc)! It seems to me that Fall of Arthur and Sigurd and Gudrun could easily have had nice images of the concept art by Bill Sanderson (for example), and that would have been great. I have Bill S. remarqued standard editions of S&G and FoA and they would have been perfect material.

That said, I don't mind them, I just think we are now at the point where material that really should be in scholarly journals is being published as new books, primarily to milk the final dollar now that there is no substantial material left in the cupboard. There is only so much value in variant drafts of things beyond them being padding. Deluxe versions of such material is just a stretch too far.

Posted on: 2016/5/17 23:15


Re: New Book Releases
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I honestly think these last two (not yet released) "Deluxe" Editions are a bit cynical. HarperCollins obviously knows lots of people have collected them so far and will feel the need to complete their collections.

I'll wait to see what they look like, but I might be out of the game now. It really feels like I would just be buying them for the sake of it at this stage, as it isn't material that is remotely suited to deluxe treatment.

Posted on: 2016/5/17 18:22


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Earl wrote:
Does anyone have new information about the deluxe release of the Tale of Kullervo? It's supposed to be released later this year (October).


Slated for 20th October at the moment. ISBN: 978-0-00-816672-4. Shows up on Tolkien.co.uk if you do a search, athough there isn't any new info on it. I wouldn't necessarily expect to see any additional information at this stage, as the release date is still fairly distant.

Posted on: 2016/5/11 0:33


Re: New signatures and academic essays in my collection
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Jlong wrote:
Very cool! Jealous for sure...


What he said.

Posted on: 2016/5/5 17:13



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