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I just bought a copy of the Simarillion today, I wanted a Tolkien novel and I managed to find a paperback copy in a second-hand bookstore. This novel spans a huge amount of time I know, but this will be a good read. I am currently trying to get through the Children of Hurin, that is also a good book, I can not wait to get to the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. And the story of Beren and Luthien.
I am sure I made a good decision purchasing that book. And I also bought a huge thick book named: Vietnam, the Australian war. That will keep me going for quite a while. What books have other Doom fans purchased for themselves recently?
And would it be possible to make The Silmarillion into a series of films or would this be impossible?
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Not a big fan of the Silmarillion.
Haven't bought any books in a long while, but the last few I bought were The Salmon of Doubt, by Douglas Adams; Time Enough for Love, by Heinlein; Eric, Guards! Guards! and Pyramids, by Terry Pratchet; and the first four Game of Thrones novels. Haven't read any of them yet. I miss working in a book store.
That's a really good run of Discworld novels there. Eric is more of a novella, sure, but it's all fantastic stuff.
I liked the Salmon of Doubt, though I'm sure like everyone else I wish Adams had finished it.
I don't have a very good picture of the Silmarillion in my mind, having read the History of the Lord of the Rings. The editorial history is quite fascinating, including his failed challenge with Lewis (the time travel / space travel "contest"). What I recall of the "canon" was great, though (if dry, as always).
The Silmarillion was my favorite book until I discovered Neuromancer.
I probably would not go see movies of it. There is no way you can cram that amount of imagery into a film and please fans of it. Lord of the Rings is a pretty good film series but it's not perfect. Still, I'm glad LotR did get made and I'm looking forward to The Hobbit later this year.
I recently read the first couple of books of The Amtrak Wars, which were great, but the series completely lost my interest when they go to the "feudal Japan" colony in the 3rd book.
Before that I read Obernewtyn, the first book of a long series. That's an interesting series because the author wrote the first one when she was a teenager and is now 50-odd and still can't find it in herself to wrap up the storyline. The subsequent books didn't grab me but my girlfriend has read them all.
My next "to read" is The Hunger Games, another series my girlfriend finished, and we just saw the movie today.
Edit: Also, I buy most of my books second-hand off eBay or Amazon. Sometimes I'll go to a second-hand bookstore, there is a huge one in the city here. I almost never ever buy new books.