Category: Book Review Monday

Shelob. Shagrat. Sauron. *shudder*

Seriously? Of course there will be spoilers. *** It’s been a long time since I’ve reread The Lord of the Rings first page to last (as opposed to pulling down one volume or another and rereading just my favorite parts, which I do all the time). It remains as compelling and as thrilling and heartbreaking an adventure…

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Adventure over, exeunt.

January 22, 2022 Reread this for the first time in decades. It’s even better than I remembered it, especially the narrator’s editorial asides, among which: …you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. …one morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was…

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An invitational collection of atlases of real and imagined places

The sixth volume in NACIS (North American Cartographic Information Society)’s invitational collections of atlases of real and imagined places. From the quirky to the straightforward, from hand drawn to AI-generated images, these maps are various, beautiful, and new in every edition, beautifully produced and the atlas itself —┬ámirabile dictu!–is reasonably priced. The maps are produced…

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I greatly fear that Nelson is right.

Griffiths sets the beginning of this book at the beginning of the Covid pandemic and totally sticks the landing. Archaeologist Ruth Galloway and daughter Kate are living their lives, socializing with friends, family, and neighbors, going out for coffee and to the cinema and shopping when the rumors of this century’s plague begin creeping in.…

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