January 30, 2011 § 7 Comments
Dear Noble Readers,
I write to share with you all the sad news, so that you may lament with me.
My copy of The Lord of the Rings is broken.
In that book one has detached itself from the cover and is attempting to escape. It is a three-volumes-in-one hardback, so this should not be occurring. It makes it quite an interesting challenge trying to read it.
Now, I realise this looks pretty black for me. Have I really read this book so many times that I have driven a hardback book to complete despair? Have I so mercilessly used and abused it that I have, single-handedly, destroyed its will to live? If this is true, my subconscious must be steeped in Tolkien, soaked through with elves and dwarves and talking trees and the curious (and apparently universal) habit of singing all the time. This would not bode well for the originality of my writing.
Fortunately, this is not the case. I can declare my innocence in this matter. I hear you breathe a sigh of relief; had you begun to fear you were talking with yet another tired Tolkien-imitator? Another wannabe elf-queen with a better of grasp of elven languages than modern, and no capacity for original thought? Fear not. The book in question has served two generations of fantasy readers with faithful dedication. It has been passed around multiple family members, multiple times, and has graced my own bedside-table only twice before the current reading.
At any rate, I must now face the task of replacing it. Since my partner is also an enthusiast for Aragorn and Frodo Baggins, I would love to get for us a beautiful box-set, with each book individually published in hardback. Unfortunately these appear to go for at least £60, which is more than I can justify spending on any book at present. Paperback is obviously out of the question.
To await the opportunity to acquire that box-set, then, or to hazard some other edition? Any recommendations? This delicate problem requires considerable research and some careful thought, as I am sure you will appreciate.
P.S. As this is my Sunday post, I must also fulfil the promise I made several weeks back and share my new word count on The Beast, sometimes known as The Ongoing Novel.
The word count is now: 25480