Arda Reconstructed [by Doug Kane]
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Arda Reconstructed [by Doug Kane]

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Has anyone read "Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion, by Douglas Charles Kane? Is it worth getting?

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It's still on my 'to get or check' list ...
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Without trying to overstate my enthusiasm for this book, I'd recommend this highly to anyone interested in the textual history of The Silmarillion. Familiarity with HoMe is required. But, it really is a landmark study I feel. Doug pulls no punches in his criticism. For me personally it was a very enjoyable read.

That said, the price, is rather on the high side. I got it on pre-order from Amazon.com for $39; but I gather it's quite a bit more than that now. Pieter is giving away signed Doug Kane bookplate/stickers for those who do buy a copy (or already have a copy).

Buy it!

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The Mythlore Review (by the esteemed Jason Fisher) is available online to read:

http://www.mythsoc.org/reviews/arda.reconstructed/

Very long and detailed review of the book. "Summing up, I find Arda Reconstructed to be a meticulously researched and valuable new reference work (one of all too few) on The Simarillion. If I have been hard on it, take that for engagement with the book and its author’s ideas, and not as discouragement to potential readers. "
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Esteemed? Gosh, thanks! But more thanks for spotlighting the review — and Doug's book. Some of you may know that Doug co-founded the Hall of Fire website. He has an open forum there for discussion of the book, reviews, errata, etc. You can find it here:

http://www.thehalloffire.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=28

I know Doug welcomes feedback.
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Thank you for the comments, everyone.

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Arda Reconstructed Paperback

According to Amazon a paperback edition of this book will be published on July 16th, with a friendlier price tag.
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Here is an even better price which includes free shipping worldwide: http://www.bookdepository.com/Arda-Re ... harles-Kane/9781611460896


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And ever so slightly cheaper on their .co.uk site

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Arda- ... 460896?selectCurrency=USD

Always worthwhile checking both the .com and .co.uk sites. Sometimes prices can vary by huge amounts. And it does not matter which site you order from. Same worldwide free shipping.

And quite often 10% discount codes can be found.


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Embarrassingly, Doug has included a quote from the review I wrote for Tolkien Library on the back cover of the paperback!

Just for information, the original Hb had two impressions; OOP from the publisher. It has now been reprinted (or is just about to be) again (with a few corrections; also included in the Pb) in a slightly altered format: the cover has been changed slightly in layout, and is now (I think) without jacket. (Illustrative boards I assume.) This can be viewed here:-

Rowman & Littlefield

The Book Depository prices seem to have gone up. The cheapest UK price for the Pb still seems to be on Amazon, currently available to pre-order.

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