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kaysworld1
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#basicwitchswap and #cozyfallswap packages went out last week

@sprainedbrain and @Endowarrior21 ☕️ 🍰

sprainedbrain Woohoo! 🎉 2mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Just a pretty surprise at the Getty.

TheBookHippie We need this ♥️ 2mo
wanderinglynn Are you in LA? ❤️ 2mo
TheBookHippie Also if you‘re in LA please go to Koreatown and eat for me ♥️😂. And The Last Bookstore obviously. 🤣 2mo
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Sparklemn That‘s fabulous!! 2mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 2mo
CarolynM So lovely 🥰 2mo
Bookwomble Ooh, I'd have risked slipping that into my bag! 2mo
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Bookwomble
Twenty-First Century Tolkien | PROFESSOR NICK. GROOM
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I thoroughly enjoyed that!
If I say it's 5⭐ then that's from a Tolkienista perspective, so you'll need to judge for yourself how trustworthy you find my rating 😏
Groom has interesting perspectives on Tolkien's process, intent & legacy. I found it must engaging when dealing with Tolkien's life & works, the chapters on adaptations, principally Peter Jackson's films, marginally less so, though I'll return to the Hobbit films more open-mindedly.

vivastory I've yet to watch any of the Hobbit films 3mo
Bookwomble I was dubious about a relatively slim book being spun out to 3 movies, and while I liked the inclusion of what Tolkien later revealed was going on outside the Hobbit narrative, inclusion of non-canonical characters and a love-triangle was 🙄🤬! Also, in making deliberate prequels to LotR, Jackson lost much of the character and charm of the book. However, perhaps enough time has passed for me to be able to watch them on their own merits 🙂 3mo
vivastory I do plan on watching them but will probably wait until this season of Rings of Power is over when I am in need of a Tolkien adaptation 😂 3mo
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Bookwomble @vivastory How are you finding it? Groom references the show, but hadn't seen them at the time of publication. He was seemingly ready to enjoy it, though. 3mo
vivastory Honestly? I am thoroughly enjoying it! It is about halfway through & I have been really surprised by it. I am also watching the Game of Thrones spin-off & I am actually much more pleased with Rings of Power than House of Dragons 3mo
Bookwomble @vivastory Sounds good 😊👍🏻 3mo
Alora Ouhhhh this looks interesting!!! 3mo
Bookwomble @Alora It was! Having nothing better to do, I read it in one day 😄 3mo
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Bookwomble
Twenty-First Century Tolkien | PROFESSOR NICK. GROOM
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"The word [Middle-earth] also appears in E.R. Eddison's 1922 fantasy novel "The Worm Ouroboros", which Tolkien knew well."

A lovely bit of literary crossover, as I'm co-incidentally reading the magnificent Worm ?

Daisey @tpixie Yes, I‘ve seen these posts and this book has been added to my Tolkien TBR! Thanks! (edited) 3mo
tpixie @Daisey 💖💖 3mo
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tpixie @Bookwomble happy reading 📖 3mo
Bookwomble @tpixie Thank you - it was 😊 3mo
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Bookwomble
Twenty-First Century Tolkien | PROFESSOR NICK. GROOM
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Groom mentions that when Tolkien was serving in the WWI trenches, reproductions of a painting by Estella Canziani, "The Piper of Dreams", was widely circulated to soldiers on the Front, as an evocation of a peaceful woodland idyll, depicting a Tom Bombadil-esque child, charming the robin perched on his shoe, while gauzy fairies flitter about his head. Searching for the image, I found a short audio essay about the painting on Radio 3, link below...

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Bookwomble
Twenty-First Century Tolkien | PROFESSOR NICK. GROOM
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Nick Groom is apparently known as "The Prof of Goth", though as that's in the author bio at the front of the book, I do wonder whether it's what he's "known as", or what he "wants to be known as" ? (I'm known as Kid Kool, just in case you were wondering ?).
So, I guess what the book's about is right there on the cover, and I'm feeling quite excited to read it ?‍♂️??‍♂️?

Bookwomble Ok, so the introductory Notes on the Text, explains the author's use of the term "Race" as here to mean species, of his preference for "Humankind" to distance himself from the patriarchal "Mankind", and "Anglo-Saxon" rather than "Old English" to 'highlight the hybrid nature of English identities... and to resist the appropriation of the term by far-right groups.' He can call himself the Emperor of the Eldar as far as I'm concerned ✊? 3mo
rwmg Who are "us"? 3mo
Bookwomble @rwmg Humankind 😊 3mo
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Argon
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This might be my favourite of the Very Short Introduction‘s that I‘ve read so far. It flows well and I found it enjoyable to read, plus it‘s such a cool topic! It‘s specifically on medieval lit in the British Isles but does mention other influences, like France and Scandanavia. I also liked the sections on the influence of medieval women on lit and the discussions of literacy during the period. Very good and short intro 👌
9.5/10

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The_Book_Ninja
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Lots of bite sizes “essays” about pop music. Hepworth is humorous and philosophical without being a snob. When bemoaning the loss of vinyl and record shops and the realisation that my large record collection probably needs a brutal culling, I got slightly emoshe. A book for old farts? Fine, I‘m part of that crew. I skipped the essay about Bob Dylan-Jeez, I just don‘t get his appeal: Overrated bore. But as Hepworth would say. It‘s not you, it‘s me.

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WJCintron
Horror: The 100 Best Books | Kim Newman, Stephen Jones
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I don't know if someone else posted about this, but there's a horror challenge with daily prompts for writers, and also daily prompts for whoever wanna post photos related to the given word. It's fun! If you wanna join, they are on Instagram @horrorprompts and you only participate when you feel like it. Just add #horrorlitchallenge #horrorprompt 😃 👍.
I'll be sharing my entries with you guys!!

bthegood Looking forward to seeing your entries👍 7mo
WJCintron @bthegood 😃🙏❤️ 7mo
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Leniverse
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I have an #SSS package from Slovenia and from the Book Depository. There's a name, but no Litsy handle, and the name doesn't come up when I search. So thank you secret swapper! I can't wait until opening day! 😃

@Avanders #SpeculativeSpringSwap

Cathythoughts Exciting 💫 8mo
jenniferw88 I think it might be @maich as I sent to Slovenia 😂! 8mo
Leniverse @jenniferw88 That's funny! And yes, that's similar enough to the sender's first name. 8mo
maich I'm glad that both packages arrived on time.💕 8mo
Avanders Yay! 👏🏽👏🏽🔮🦠🧬🧞‍♂️♥️ 8mo
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