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Re: New Book Releases
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Turambar wrote:
Tolkien.co.uk now seems to be listing a new three volume hardback collector's edition of LOTR, due out in October. It appears to match the recent Hobbit collector's edition, and is similarly described as a 'film tie-in', although I struggle to see why.



Yes, I saw those the other day and thought the same thing about the "tie-in" not seeming to make much sense as there is no movie branding. I also thought "I wonder if the Book People will have a version with a Dust Jacket?"...

Posted on: 2013/6/7 15:44


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Khamûl wrote:
I don't personally like the cover either & agree with Elwë in his assessment of its modern design, and perceived appeal. I've always thought it perilous to depict some of the characters in any great detail, particularly facially. Never liked illustrations depicting Hobbits.

That said, if you look at some of her other work (I don't think the calendar cover, for example, looks that appealing; but the black & white stuff she does are of a style I quite like [--see below]) you can see why they might have picked her to illustrate: nothing like Lee or Howe or Nasmith; female; British; etc. I like her depiction/focus on animals; so very apt for The Hobbit. I know not everyone is going to agree with this (& there are probably reasons why this hasn't happened), but I think a H illustrated by Ruth Lacon would have been good; her best work (in the bestiary style) is very, very good. I think it would have suited Tolkien's text well.

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I suspect that some of the reason for the new illustrations is to reinforce that the Hobbit is still a children's book, after PJs absolutely horrendous movies that don't appear to be aimed at any specific type of audience. It's a bit like having your cake and eating it, mind. Make the money off the movie tie-ins and then probably try and distance from the movies for another prospective audience.

My problem with any of the illustrated editions that we have seen is really that the original Tolkien illustrations (black and white, colour and retrospectively coloured) are just so "right" for the work. Maybe it is because they were the ones I saw as a child, but I think it is more than that.

Now what I would love to see is an illustrated LoTR done in the style of the colour and B/W illustrations of the Hobbit. That would be worth my money!

If we saw any mainstream Tolkien book illustrated by Ruth Lacon, I would have to take Christopher Tolkien's stance (on the movies) and look away in despair...

Posted on: 2013/6/2 22:03


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Trotter wrote:
This is the cover of the new illustrated Hobbit with illustrations by Jemima Catlin, which I believe is scheduled to come out in September.

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Doesn't appeal at all, to be honest. Be interesting to see if the interior illustrations are more engaging.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 23:54

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Stu wrote:
OK, Sorry to continue to bore people with the differences between Australian and UK editions, but my copy of the trade FoA arrived today, and I could swear that the paper quality is much better than the one I looked at in the bookstore here. So I am now going to have to swing by the store again to examine the paper to see of their is in fact a distinct export edition printed on lower quality paper (like the 1st of the Pocket Hobbit that we got out here before the UK, which was printed on recycled toilet paper).

Yes, I have too much time on my hands...


Turns out that I probably imagined the poor paper quality on the copy I looked at in the bookshop . I went to a different bookshop today and the copies they had were identical to the one I got from BD. Maybe the original bookshop just had bad lighting or possibly I was in an especially critical / bad mood...

Posted on: 2013/5/29 19:20


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Khamûl wrote:
You certainly do...

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Unfortunately, I resigned from my job in Australia to move to NZ and then had to defer the move by three months (because of my wife's work), so I now have a nice easy life of riding my bike (50-70ks a day), writing modern-technology ports of old 1980s video games (just to keep my hand in with software development) and trying to find "useful" activities to fill in the remaining hours of the day so I can justify not tidying the house or doing any actually useful activities. I even watched ALL the Inspector Morse episodes over the last couple of months. And they are about seventeen hours long each episode...

Posted on: 2013/5/29 0:58



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