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Re: UK HOME Hardback Reissues
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I just got back to the real world today and my copy was waiting for me in the office. It has the same typo as others have noted (which is to be expected as it would have come from the same batch, given that I ordered on the first day).

Overall, I think the quality is really quite impressive for a POD (bar the glaring typo).

The boards look fine and the DJ also looks good, my only comment would be that the dot-density is a little lower than a traditionally printed DJ, so close up inspection reveals the printing technique slightly. The spine is very square, as per the last few volumes of the original printings of HoME (edit: on comparision, more so than the originals. Care is needed to ensure the DJ doesn't get pulled tight against the hard edge of the spine or it will get an annoying crease. I have covered mine with a brodart, protector which should help a bit in this regard).

For the Index at least, I think they have done a pretty good job (edit: especially given how few of these will really be sold). For the other 12 volumes (bar the last two or three which are expensive), I would always try and just acquire them second hand, rather than spend 40 pounds a-piece for the PODs, though.

I'd be interested to hear a review from someone who has purchased a volume containing colour plates.

Edit: Probably also worth mentioning that the gold lines, logo and writing are not "metallic", as per the original.


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Posted on: 2010/5/13 15:12

Edited by Stu on 2010/5/14 1:24:47
Edited by Stu on 2010/5/14 1:26:09


Re: Oliphaunt Limited Edition Print
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The reason that it is so expensive is that HarperCollins think Tolkien fans will ridiculous prices for anything (and they are half right). They will sell a few at this price and then gradually discount, I would have thought. Without meaning any disrespect to the designer, this is really just more pointless Tolkien-related tat (probably not as bad as the kinds of "polystone" tat from Sideshow WETA, but still just tat). Last time I looked, Tolkien wrote books....

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Posted on: 2010/5/8 13:48


Re: UK HOME Hardback Reissues
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> Stu - As I only have 1-4 & 7 in paperback, I'd essentially be interested in having a look at whatever you're willing to part with!

Sorry Mr Burns, I'm currently in the wilds of the Morobe province of Papua New Guinea, but I did a quick check before I left Australia and there were at least the copies I had previously mentioned (possibly more when I look in other boxes). I'll be back in civilisation towards the end of next week, so I'll do some snaps then.

It is currently raining very hard, but the view is very Fangorn-like with forest stretching between 50 and 100ks in pretty much any direction. Just hoping that my accommodation for the night doesn't end up at the bottom of the valley as heavy rain = landslips in these parts!

Stu

Posted on: 2010/5/6 23:34


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Well having the first copies with a typo might just make these PODs unique :)

Stu.

Posted on: 2010/5/6 23:27


Re: Deceptive eBay practice
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If you go to the author, Kristy Lynn Higgins', Amazon page and look at the reviews, you may possibly find another deceptive little practice going on: Some of the positive reviews are duplicates from the same small number of accounts (on different days, albeit often with the same text), and if you then examine those users (e.g. BookWarrior "Zaine"), you see that all they have ever reviewed are Ms. Higgins' books (and they seem to have reviewed *all* of them).

Most of the genuine reviews correctly seem to describe the writing as excrement (although the story gets a couple of ticks). However, the sample chapters adequately demonstrate the nastiness of the writing. Realistically, If I want to enjoy writing of that quality, then I will write a novel myself.

Stu

Posted on: 2010/4/23 17:08



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