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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply Printed Versions of Important Tolkien Work, November 4, 2006
This review is from: The Histories of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-5 (Mass Market Paperback)
I bought this set of the first five volumes of Tolkien's history of Middle Earth and while all the content is there, the quality of the publications is mass paperbook at its worst. Dry scratchy paper, type that is too small for my tired eyes to read and cheap bindings that were I to continually use would no doubt fall apart before the paper turned yellow. But then what do you expect for $20? As I became more interested in Tolkien and realized that I would use these books both for pleasure and reference and would doubtless return to them again and again, I decided to spring for the Harper Collins three volume set (published in 2002) that includes all twelve books of the histories in an attractive and efficient three volume set. It cost close to $200 for the set because I had to order them from AMAZON.UK but I'm happy when I see them on the shelf and pick one up to read. They are a substantial presence as befits the content. (I would also recommend buying the History of Middle Earth Index to go along with these books as it ties them all together with one common index rather than the the separate ones for each of the twelve volumes.)
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lisa b says:
At first, I thought this was going to be another complaint by someone who didn't like a book. I was pleased to find that the reviewer was honest about what they disliked, but also gave the book credit for the things that were good. Excellent review.
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