Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth
A New York Times bestseller for twenty-one weeks upon publication, UNFINISHED TALES is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring,...
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Finished The Silmarillion and started Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien.
I enjoyed the Silmarillion, and even though some of the material thus far (Chidldren of Hurin) seems redundant I'm liking the Unfinished Tales as well. Christopher Tolkien did a better job anotating the latter, which is nice, and rather helpful. (Probably out of necessity, since the stories are incomplete.)
Looking forward to a more narrative style with Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, and The Fall of Gondolin end of this month!
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Finished: Unfinished Tales, by J.R.R. Tolkien and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really is insane how detailed and elaborate Tolkien's world is. And it's amazing that Christopher has brought it all together. For those of you who loved The Silmarillion but want more information about the second and third ages, this is the book for you.
Starting: The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath and I have to say I'm very excited. It's great not only to get back into a narrative structure but I've heard great things from Reddit and I'm ready to leave the UK (for now) and get back to an American author.
Shelfed: The Three Body Problem, by Lui Cixin, just couldn't get past the writing. Hopefully I can give it another shot down the road.
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Finished: The Crow Road, by Iain Banks and was very pleasantly surprised. When I started it I found it a little slow, not sure if I'd enjoy the whole book. But I think it was definitely worth it; the plot and the characters were compelling and the writing was just wonderful.
Started: Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin. I'm about two chapters in and getting worried. The story looks so fascinating and there are so many great recommendations here on Reddit, but I'm really struggling with the writing. It reads to me like middle school reading level (overuse of the word "reactionary", descriptions like "crazier than crazy", etc). Can someone who has read this perhaps in it's original form comment as to whether this is maybe a translation issue? Because the writing to me is so cringey and I don't know if I can keep going.
Still Reading: Unfinished Tales, by J.R.R. Tolkien and I'm enjoying it. For anyone curious about it I would recommend reading The Silmarillion first, but this book gives a lot of good Second and Third Age material that The Silmarillion didn't get into extensively
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Finished: Bark, by Lorrie Moore and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's definitely different from her others, as it's her newest collection, and it ventures into some new territories. But that humor and beautiful sadness is still there and I think it's worth a read.
Started (a UK themed week): The Crow Road, by Iain Banks and I'm not sure what to think so far. Some pages are filled with great writing and others are a bit slow. Will keep reading for sure.
And Unfinished Tales, by J.R.R. Tolkien because my break from Tolkien lasted way too long. My last venture into Middle Earth was with ''The Children of Hurin" and so I'm excited to dive back in!