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Warriors
Warriors
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.59
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of excellent authors, April 13, 2010
This review is from: Warriors (Hardcover)
The much beloved George R.R. Martin and the less-beloved but very accomplished editor Gardner Dozois have reached across all genres to pull together this collection of stories about warriors, as you might guess from the title. What you might not guess is some of the authors, some of which you likely never heard of, are highly accomplished and highly proficient story weavers.

Those attracted to Martin and Dozois will come from a fantasy or sci-fi background, and those readers will be richly rewarded. Martin's Westeros third tale of Dunk and Egg ends the volume and for fans of Martin's that will be all they need to know. Diana Gabladon checks in with a Lord John story as well, part of her immensely popular Outlander series. Robert Silverberg, a sci-fi household name, also has a significant work here as well, giving the book some powerful draws with its all-new material.

But it is the wealth of stories that fill in the cracks that make the volume worthwhile. The title may suggest to some readers that the scope of the work is narrow but the strength of the collection comes form proving that notion false. Warriors come in all shapes, sizes, times, realities and forms. Females will feel at home with female protagonists and whatever type of warrior story you are hoping for, something will likely suit that taste.

Many readers, like me, will find their reading lists expanded as they discover some interesting new (to them) writers and want to try more. Some will hesitate to read the small introductions from Gardner and Martin because they will wish instead to discover the stories blind. I enjoyed discovering more about the authors later.

Highly recommended.


The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion
The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion
by Wayne G. Hammond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $28.36
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an annotated LOTR, January 11, 2006
It is amazing that it has taken 50 years for a book like this to come to Tolkien's readers, but at last and with great scholarly authority, comes annotations to "The Lord of the Rings."

Make no mistake, this is a scholarly book and its pretty dense and at times it will push the average LOTR reader. It is full of (appropriately) word origins and possible source info, word meanings and linguistic notes. Still, because of Tolkien's own linguistics background and motivations, this is a must to have at the core of the book and there is plenty of other types of info as well to add roundness and variety to the content.

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond obviously read and write about LOTR in a way that the casual reader cannot and their considerible knowledge and resources (such as Christopher Tolkien himself) come into play. The book can be used as a side-by-side volume or can be read on its own chronologically. Also included is Tolkien's own, previously out of print "Nomenclature" or guide to names that he used to help potential translators of LOTR and a history of "The Lord of the Rings" The scholars also reference Tolkien's other works such as "The Hobbit", "Unfinished Tales", "The Silmarillion" and Christopher Tolkien's history of Middle-earth.

This is a 900 page work packed with information that can either be read completely or used as a help for those reading "The Lord of the Rings" and wish to get more depth and perspective from further Middle-earth exploration.

It is probably the most important Tolkien publication since (at least) Unfinished Tales in 1980.


In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation
In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation
by Tom Smart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.95
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent personal account of a public story, May 11, 2005
Tom Smart writes a book that is hardly about Elizabeth Smart at all but is about her family and community. Missing Elizabeth hangs over the entire book as a specter but this is, most of all, about the efforts and love, heart ache and pain a family and community went through to find a missing girl. Some members of the press and law enforcement look pretty bad in the light the book shines on their efforts and especially their selfish motives but the author is also not above showing his own failings. I found the book capivating, informative and valuable as a learning tool in how to handle media and deal with law enforcement in the face of tragedy. Clearly there could be some bias here but there are heros and falable humans presented from the point of view of one man and the book succeeds on several levels.


The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition)
The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition)
by Brian Sibley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $40.15
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1,035 of 1,149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest edition of LOTR ever published, October 26, 2004
While the price of this book is steep, this is easily the best version of this book in print. The gilded pages and high-quality leather look, smell and feel wonderful. This is not the questionable quality leather used on previous versions, this is the real deal. More importantly, this version has, as J.R.R. recorded in letters, reproductions of the Book of Marzubul. These are the pages from the Dwarven book found in the Mines of Moria by Gandalf and the Fellowship. In the begining and ending of the book are also included maps that fold out to render Middle-earth for the reader, again as the author originally wanted.

This is the book that Tolkien dreamed of having published but couldn't due to the realities of post-WWII publishing costs and questions about a 400,000 word publication.

For me, there is an emtoional response to this book for two reasons. One, it is as fine or better than the book the author originally wished to have published and two, it is a beautiful piece of art all on its own, suitable for display. If you love books or love Tolkien or both, this is a must have and the centerpiece of any worthy collection.

(Some are commenting that the book isn't actually leather. Be sure to check your version as there are others available, but the information provided to me stated my copy was leather and if it is fake, it fooled me.)
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Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
by John Garth
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - A new classic, January 3, 2004
This is a wonderful book for those who want to look beyond the Lord of the Rings and see the giant of a man who stands there. This excellently researched book gives a look into Tolkien's war experience and provides a lot of insight into the environment which spawned his mythology. I appreciated that the book doesn't state definitively what Tolkien's thoughts or motivations were, it just presents what his personal environment is during the time of writing. I place this on the level with or above Carpenter's biography. I think, in time, this book will be regarded as a key work about the late author.


The Annotated Hobbit
The Annotated Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.00
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83 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets, November 1, 2002
This review is from: The Annotated Hobbit (Hardcover)
This version of the Hobbit is a pleasure to long-time fans but will also serve new readers well. Anderson released the original "Annotated Hobbit" years ago but this new format with the annotations in the column most often directly next to the orginal book text is supurb.
Included are Hobbit illustrations around the word, a rich addition, but the real joy of this book is learning background and details about The Hobbit, author J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord Of The Rings. At times the footnotes are scholarly and at other times they are amusing gems.
Anderson has compared all of Tolkien's revisions and has researched the 'whys' 'hows' and 'whens' that helps reveal to reader the meaning of the text and the personality of the author.
My favorites are anecdotes about Tolkien's personal life that involve his family and personal history. They are facinating and at times touching.
WIthout rambling on too much, I can confidently recommend this version of "The Hobbit" as the best available.


Best of Rockers 'N' Ballads
Best of Rockers 'N' Ballads
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For non-Scorpions fans, July 5, 2001
I think this is a rather ordinary collection from one of my favorite bands. The songs contained here are the same ones that will appear in most Scorps fans catalogs anyway. The one real highlight is their cover of "Hey You" written long ago by the Who? Anyway, semi-fans will like this CD because it does contain some of the radio landmark songs of the band, but I find it lacking the balance and different song types that their best albums feature.
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The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization)
The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edition: Audio CD
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the drama, none of the eye strain, July 5, 2001
I have been a fan of the LoTR for many years, having read it a few times since I was a young fella. I was just given this beautiful box set and have found it to be all I could hope it could be. I actually depended on many of the reviews here to decide which edition I wanted and let me fully endorse the BBC, blue edition with the painted figures of Gandolf, Frodo and others. I cannot speak for or against the 9 CD set that comes in a wooden box, but I hated that version of "The Hobbit" and have been deligted with the "Lord Of The Rings" adaptation. For prior readers or fresh ones, I heartily recommend this set of dramtized CDs.


The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.00
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing work..., July 5, 2001
The Silmarillion is a wonderful work, but it requires effort on the reader's part to follow what is essentially a book of Middle-Earth lore & legends. It took me a few tries before I really was able to enjoy the book and soak up the beautiful use of language and the broad-brushstrokes of the fleshing out of Middle-Earth. The text is moving and tragic and heroic and a treasured fleshing out of Middle-Earth. Not every reader will have the courage to stick it out or immerse themselves in it, but I was glad I made the effort and was so richly rewarded.


Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle Earth
Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle Earth
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two kinds of people will enjoy this book..., July 5, 2001
The first kind, those already interested in Tolkien's world, already will know that these beautifully detailed renderings of moments or places from J.R.R.'s world would be facinating and endless. The second group, those who are new to Tolkien's world, will find this a wonderful book full of painting and snippets of text that lift the spirit and inspire the imagination. I would prefer that the book be a little larger and I would have been happy to pay more for larger reproductions.


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