[Update 1/17/2011: Book gifted to Tyler–please see comments below!]
Connie Willis’ Hugo and Nebula-nominated Doomsday Book is still up for grabs! At this point, it’s first come, first served.
I mailed out the first batch of books on Thursday, and hand-delivered a few yesterday. I love the little human connections I’m making, and the possible impact of a few of these books. They’re going from looking pretty on my bookshelf into the hands of people who will value and utilize them more deeply. I hope a few of you will get back to me and share your stories (and thanks, Ruth, for sharing yours).
Today’s title is a book of Tolkien art:
I loved Tolkien growing up, and read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings religiously every 18 months or so. Some of the kids’ earliest memories are of me reading about Frodo’s journey every night before bed, and it was a geeky parental point of pride when CatGirl decided to spend one winter break watching the extended version of all three Peter Jackson films, and then went back to watch the various commentaries.
I think I may have outgrown Tolkien. Or rather, there is so much else that is strange and wonderful out there that I no longer feel the need to return to the comforts of Middle Earth. But I still have a deep and abiding love for the stories and characters in that world.
Tolkien’s World : Paintings of Middle-Earth is a coffee table book. It’s full of art by the great Tolkien illustrators: John Howe, Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith, Michael Hague. It includes my favorite LotR picture:
To be honest, it’s not the most impressive coffee table book in the world–the pictures could be a bit more vibrant, I think. But I reveled in it, and any Tolkien lover would appreciate it.
If you’re interested, leave a comment below telling me about what Tolkien means to you.