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I liked History of Middle Earth, it made sense out of the Silmarillion
I skipped through them and did cherry pick some good info. The chapters in Unfinished Tales on the Istari and Palantirs were very informative.
 

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Do comics graphic novels count, if so:
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The diving board that goes through the window? It's been a pretty permanent fixture for 27 years and I believe it was there when I last visited - though I'm also pretty sure I've seen the room being used for other things, with the board removed. Or were you thinking of something else?
When i went in 2017 there was a slide outside on one of the hills. I went down two or three times.
 

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I liked History of Middle Earth, it made sense out of the Silmarillion
Ive gone back qnd forth reading it. This is my copy which is a physically daunting thing to read even if it is pretty. I also realized its bookmark slipped out so who knows if I will finish it.

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Do comics graphic novels count, if so:
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The best graphic novel is the one i worked on. If you buy it i receive a handsome royalty of $0.00. I'll autograph it for you though!
 

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Ive gone back qnd forth reading it. This is my copy which is a physically daunting thing to read even if it is pretty. I also realized its bookmark slipped out so who knows if I will finish it.

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I cherry-picked the Silmarillion for years before actually going cover to cover. It’s a slog if unfamiliar with the main points and characters.
 

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Aldous Huxley: Brave New World, 1932.

'That is the secret of happiness and virtue - liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.'

Happiness, but at what price? Following my last couple of early dystopian novels it was nice to read this one again, after 10+ years. Also, my copy from Vintage Huxley (an imprint of Penguin) had some very insightful introductions by Margaret Atwood and David Bradshaw, that I suspect I skipped the first time around.
 

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A.E. van Vogt: The Voyage of the Space Beagle, 1950.

"We probably won't be able to corner him or kill him in the hold. But, gentlemen"-his voice became grave and determined-"we're going to get rid of this monster, and we're going to do so at any cost. We can no longer consider ourselves."

A fix-up novel stitched up of four short stories published from 1939-1950, rather precisely coinciding with both the start and end of the Golden Age of SF (the first of these stories is even claimed to have launched the age). Hugely influential on both the original Star Trek series (a large space ship with a 1000 on board - mostly scientists - travels the universe looking for aliens/new worlds) and 1979's Alien (two of the stories have hostile and superior aliens coming on board, picking off crew members - one of them even implants eggs in the chests of his victims; a plagiarism lawsuit was settled out of court). Good fun that interestingly switches between the humans' and the monster's POV. The title is a reference to Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle (in both cases referring to the name of a ship).

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The 1939 issue presenting the first story.
 
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Richard Stark: The Hunter, 1962.

"If I know you, you want him for something he won't like."
"I'm going to kill him," Parker said.
She smiled, nodding. "There," she said. "That's something he won't like."

As Richard Stark Donald E Westlake wrote more than 20 Parker novels, this being the first. A revenge story, it interestingly changes its POV from the hunter to the hunted and back to the hunter. And uncharacteristically for a modern printing of an older book, this one comes with a rather attractive cover design, from The University of Chicago Press:

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The ruthlessly efficient, highly amoral heist specialist inspired several movie adaptations (some French). Just from this one there was Payback with Mel Gibson from 1999 (kinda trashy but rather entertaining) and Point Blank with Lee Marvin from 1967 (a personal neo-noir favourite).
I didn’t read the book but the movie is also a favourite, the fact that it was directed by the Brit Boorman brings a supplementary touch of originality and modernity IMO.

 

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I didn’t read the book but the movie is also a favourite, the fact that it was directed by the Brit Boorman brings a supplementary touch of originality and modernity IMO.

On reading that first Parker novel I was initially turned off by how callous he was (he accidentally kills an innocent bystander just to use her apartment for a stake out, with no great remorse), and wasn't planning to read more of these. But somehow, he kept stirring in my consciousness, so I've ordered the next two books in the series. Incidentally, Stark/Westlake initially killed off Parker at the end of this book, but the publisher said 'that won't do - I wan't to read more about this guy. Keep him alive and give us three new books a year and you have a deal.'

As for Boorman, another favourite of mine is Excalibur from 1981.
 

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On reading that first Parker novel I was initially turned off by how callous he was (he accidentally kills an innocent bystander just to use her apartment for a stake out, with no great remorse), and wasn't planning to read more of these. But somehow, he kept stirring in my consciousness, so I've ordered the next two books in the series. Incidentally, Stark/Westlake initially killed off Parker at the end of this book, but the publisher said 'that won't do - I wan't to read more about this guy. Keep him alive and give us three new books a year and you have a deal.'

As for Boorman, another favourite of mine is Excalibur from 1981.
I re-watched it a couple weeks ago and I also love it, but he made so many great movies (sorry I know this is not the movie thread).
 

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