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Re: Amon Hen back issues wanted
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Thank you, Khamul - I'll place a bid on it later - won't go very high, though (gotta save some money for The Art of The Hobbit!)

Posted on: 2011/10/20 8:02


Re: Oliphaunt new edition
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Book arrived today!

As I'm one of the beginner collectors, I saw this as a great chance to secure a publication that I strongly believe will have a collection value in the future. (When the 1989 Oliphaunt: Beastly Verse was published, I was still in primary school.) Perhaps this is already being reflected in the evolution of the price: I bought it a week ago for £16.76 and the same bookseller now has it for £31.44. I should say, though, that it can be ordered for a much cheaper price from the publishers' own website, at least for the moment being.

Since the publishers, The Child's World, have chosen to show off the entire book on their website, it's perfectly open for anyone to form their own opinion of the illustrations or investigate the contents of the book.

Produced as a "School & Library Binding", the quality is top notch: sturdy covers, glossy finish (plastic film), alkaline paper (slows the degradation of paper quality). Indeed made to survive many a child's rough reading!

Posted on: 2011/10/18 12:35


Re: Other Fantasy Writers
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Like Red, I too had a time when I was looking for fiction which would be similar to Tolkien's works, and tried reading a lot of the popular, best-selling fantasy/sf authors. None of these really were much to my liking, though.

What I've enjoyed, however, are those authors which have had a fresh perspective in speculative fiction, and which are good writers: I've much liked Jack Vance's Lyonesse series and the Dying Sun series. I'm currently reading Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun series, which so far (just started with the second volume) I find to be really good. I've also been intrigued by some works of Robert Holdstock. An usual (in this context) recommendation would also be Philip Roth's The Plot Against America, falling under the label of "alternative history".

Posted on: 2011/10/15 6:08


Re: Oliphaunt new edition
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Ha, didn't know the new edition was available in complete form on Scribd - it sort of takes away the usefulness of offering an opinion!

Perhaps I could say something about the quality of the binding, or the feeling of the paper!

Posted on: 2011/10/11 13:02


Re: Oliphaunt new edition
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I just ordered this from the_book_depository (through Amazon.co.uk) - thanks for sharing the news, Urulókë!

I'll be willing to offer some impressions about the book once it arrives, if anyone's interested.

Posted on: 2011/10/11 12:01



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