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JazzFeathers

Joined February 2017

Adicted to storytelling, enthusiast of fantasy, author of fantasy stories set in the 1920s https://theoldshelter.com 󾓩
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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Loved it. Even if it is still so 'primitive' in comparison with tge final version.
The Voice of Saruman is probably one of the strongest chapters in the book and Saruman is such an incredible character.
In this version, everything is extremely tamed, and still we can see the germ of what it will be.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Another quiet chapter, l'd say. More a point of passage between a stage of the story to the other.
I can't wait to read 'The Voice of Saruman'.

JazzFeathers @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @eanderson @wordslinger42 @tdrosebud @BookwormAHN
l'm wondering what your friends think of our #Tolkien multi-year #readalong. I've posted my impressions about the History of LotR on my Tolkien group in Verona too. Yesterday night one of them commented, 'Is there ever a chapter who don't want to read? If l scroll up the feed that's the comment l see more often: l can't wait to read it' 😂
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BookwormAHN My Mother (who doesn't read a lot) can't understand why I want to read to making of a book, especially since I've read the book so many times 😸 21h
Daisey @BookwormAHN A few of my friends who I rather often mention this readalong to are a bit baffled as well and amazed when I say I think we have plenty of material to keep it going a while longer. 15h
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN 😂 For someone who doesn't read is probably as hard to understand why we do as it is for us to understand why they don't. 13h
JazzFeathers @Daisey l'm so happy we still have a lot to read. I'm loving this experience. 13h
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Mehso-so

I'm sorry to say this was quite disappointing. It was all over the place, in all aspect.
The first half of the novel followed any possible character (some only minimally related to the mystery). A lot of space concerned the MC'S coming to terms with what happened in the previous book.
The murder happend halfway through the book. At that point the story was gripping for a few chapters... then went all over the place again. The ending was messy.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Ooh!! I loved reading about the evolution of Orthanc. And those sketches by Tolkien 😍 His final rendition of Orthanc is the best l've ever seen.

It was fun reading about the Hobbit and pipeweed.
But l was a little sorry for the fragmentation. Interesting as they are, l much prefer the chapters that are mostly narration.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Absolutely loved the chapter! 😍
The genesis of Helm's Deep is complex, with ideas coming one after the other, overlapping, evolving, sometimes disappearing.

I loved reading the versions that didn't make it in the book. Seeing this 'alternate LotR' is one of the best experiences of these books.

Daisey Completely agree! 5d
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Honestly, this is a story that tende to go 'a bit too far', but now that is recaunting the actual investigation rather than random facts, it is a lot more enjoyable.

76% in and aiming to finish it today.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

I'm so excited to dive back into the making of LotR.
In this first chapter, Christopher tells of the complexity of the writing of book 3 of LotR, which apparently Tolkien addressed as a whole. Once again, he apparently revised, added and adjusted following parts before the earlier were settled.
It's a bit hard to figure out. Can't wait to read the actual chapters.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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Bookmark | G. L. Tomas
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@cobwebmoth @LibrarianRyan

It is finally on its way 😧😊

cobwebmoth Thank you! 1w
LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 1w
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Kobo eReader For Dummies | Corey Sandler
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My ereader has been frozen on this page since yesterday night. Nothing stirs it.

Anybody can help?

BarbaraTheBibliophage Have you googled for troubleshooting ideas? Usually there‘s a way to do a hard restart with devices. 1w
Susanita Hold down the power button for 40 seconds to see if that resets it. 1w
JazzFeathers @Susanita @BarbaraTheBibliophage It works! Thank goodness!!!! 1w
Susanita 👍🏻 1w
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Stole @scripturient 's graphic because l love it!

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@AlaMich

'Germany bows: The Armistice has been signed'
The war is over... more or less.

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@AlaMich

Most of the frontpages look like this.

AlaMich OMG, the print is so TINY!!! 1w
JazzFeathers @AlaMich It is. But consider that the paper's original size was more than double the size of this book. 1w
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@AlaMich

About the sinking of the Lusitania

CrowCAH Very cool newspaper 📰! 1w
AlaMich I think it‘s fascinating to see headlines of major world events of the past, with the advantage of knowing all the facts that they did not. 1w
JazzFeathers @CrowCAH l love the old newspaper. I've read a few articles. They are so different from what we are accustomed to. 1w
JazzFeathers @AlaMich True. It gives us a sense of how it was perceived back than. Which doesn't necessarily match how we perceve it today. 1w
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@AlaMich

'England declares war on Germany'

I can't wait to read the actual article, though l'll need a magnifier. The original paper were at least twice the size of the book.

I've read newspapers from this era before. They had such a different style from us.

AlaMich Thank you so much for posting all these photos!! I‘ve really enjoyed looking at them. 😊 1w
JazzFeathers @AlaMich You are very welcome. I enjoyed sharing them 😊 1w
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@AlaMich

'Germany threatens France through Belgium'

Don't you find these frontpages extremely visual?
Sure, not all are like this. But l'm quite surprised by the visuals.

AlaMich They are, especially with the fancy fonts. 1w
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@AlaMich l gladly oblige 😊

This title says, 'The European War is about to break out'.
You know, l tend to think that the awareness to be one continent and to some extent one people is something new. I tend to think that one hundred years ago people only read and was interested in their country. But these frontpages speak of a different reality, one where even what happened far from home was already important.

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The bulk of the book is made up by the frontpages of the regular newspaper.
This is the first one, the news of the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo.

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There are reproductions of the colour frontpage of the Sunday edition.
They do suffer of propaganda intent, but they're still awesome.

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I know this is very ltalian, but l wanted to share anyway.
This is a collection of the front pages of the most important Italian newspaper during the years of the Great War.
Couldn't resist!

AlaMich I would love to see more photos of front page headlines from the book! I can always use google translate to figure out what they are saying. 😊 1w
RealBooks4ever Looks like this was published in yearly books in English. I would love to see this series! 1w
twohectobooks This is very cool 1w
JazzFeathers @RealBooks4ever The book you tagged looks very interesting, but it's a different thing. This one is not really illustrated. It's a collection of front pages of an Italian newspaper. I doubt it was ever translated into English. 1w
JazzFeathers @twohectobooks It is. The moment l saw it, l needed to get it 😀 1w
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Post Office | Charles Bukowski

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@LibrarianRyan @cobwebmoth

I'm afraid my package will be late.
I need to go to te post office for internazional shipping, but the post office of my place is closed at the moment (they tried to force the automatic cashier with a bomb). I tried a few other offices, but many are closed for the holidays in August.
Of course l'll try until l'll make it, but at this point l don't think it will be there next week.

So sorry.

LibrarianRyan It happens and we all understand. Stay safe. 1w
cobwebmoth It's okay. I completely understand.❤ 1w
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Started this yesterday night.
Bit slow as a start, l'd expect a mystery to come to the point faster. But the characters are interesting, the writing is great and the historical setting so vivid.
Let's read on!

#currentlyreading

Eyelit I love that tablet cover! 1w
JazzFeathers @Eyelit Thanks. I'm quite fond of it myself 😊 1w
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The History of the Lord of the Rings | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

I so love my complete collection of The History of the Lord of the Rings 😍

Daisey Beautiful editions!! Glad to hear the next ones arrived. 2w
JazzFeathers @Daisey l really like these edition. I'm still missing volume 2 and 3 (l have different editions of thise). But soon... 😈 1w
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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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They have arrived!!!!!

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Echo North | Joanna Ruth Meyer
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Stumbled upon this one on Goodreads. It's a Beauty and the Beast (with a sprinkle of a few other fairy tales) retelling and it sounds awesome.

Anyone read it?

GingerAntics Sounds interesting!!! 2w
GingerAntics I‘m still not sure I want to read it. My experience with YA fiction has not be good, so usually that classification alone will stop me even trying a book. 1w
JazzFeathers @GingerAntics l'm not too keep on YA either (l used to read it. A long time ago). Still, if a story sounds this good, l will give it a chance. 7d
GingerAntics I think I‘ll wait and see what you think. That seems safe...unless my library actually gets a copy. 7d
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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I had the great good fortune to attend a conference by Morrison at a book festival a few years ago. She totally won me over.
She was a beautiful human being and a born storyteller. Even her interview sounded like a story were layers and layers of meaning were hidden.

R.I.P. Toni Morrison. Thanks for the great gift you gave us.

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Gilgi, One of Us | Irmgard Keun
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Really, really enjoyed this story of a modern woman of nearly one hundred years ago.

Gilgi may seem superficial and naive, but she's actually tough, disillusioned and her feet are firmly planted on the ground. She's a pragmatic human beings with a romantic heart, and l loved her.

Written in 1931, this book was burned by the Nazis in their books fires. It isn't hard to see why.

https://theoldshelter.com/thurdsday-quotables-gilgi-one-of-us/

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

We're ready to get back to our adventure in uncharted territory. We thought we knew The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien (and Christopher Tolkien) are offering us a completely different story. One that could have been.
It has been able incredibly fascinating journey so far. Care to join us? 😁

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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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Absolutely, totally loved it!
I'm loving the entire History of Middle-Earth, but these volumes devoted to The Lord of the Rings are something special.
We met unknown characters. We saw familiar characters under a different light. We follow ed alternative plots.
And always with a fantastic story brewing in the background. Still not the one we know and love, but getting closer at every page.

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So. I suppose it's time to start my research for my next AtoZ Challenge.
I never thought l'd do it, but l'm going for WWI. To think that when l started researching 1920s Europe l thought, l'm never going to research WWI. I'm not interested in wars at all.

Louise This looks like a really interesting book. Until I read the Maisie Dobbs mysteries by Jacqueline Winspeare, I didn‘t know much at all about WWI. It‘s hard to comprehend why human beings haven‘t yet found a better way to resolve conflict whenever it arises. 3w
JazzFeathers @Louise l've only read the introduction, but it does sound very interesting. 3w
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Gilgi, One of Us | Irmgard Keun
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#24B4Monday

So this is my final telly. It's a bit under my all-time best time, but l'm happy with it.
I've read 1 chapter from The Treason of Isengard (finished the book), 2/3 or Blood Brothers (finished the book), 3 chapters of A Duty to the Dead and 1/3 of Gilgi One of Us.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Awesome job sweetheart!!! That's a great total! Next month we'll shoot for 10 or 12 hours 😉 3w
jb72 Wonderful job! 3w
Andrew65 Great time, well done, and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏 3w
JazzFeathers @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 Thanks. I'm very happy with the result. 3w
Andrew65 @JazzFeathers And so you should be. 😊 3w
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Gilgi, One of Us | Irmgard Keun
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I'm starting this next on the #24B4Monday
I won't finish it before tomorrow, but l hope to read a good chunck.

Like Blood Brothers, this is also a story from early 1930s Germany, referring to life in the 1920s, but l suppose here the similarities end. Blood Brothers is a story of lost boys entangled in the street gangs. This one is the story od a new woman.

Must be interesting.

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Blood Brothers | Ernst Haffner
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#24B4Monday

I had an unexpected free day today (a commitment was cancelled) so l could dedicate a lot of time to reading. I know my numbers are spectacular, but l'm quite happy with them.

I finished The Treason of Isengard yesterday night. Great read.
Finished Blood Brothers this morning. A very peculiar story, but l enjoyed it.
Listen to the middle part of A Duty to the Dead. Really enjoying this one.

Andrew65 You should feel please with what you‘ve achieved. Good luck for today. 👏👏👏 3w
TheReadingMermaid I think you're doing a fantastic job. Remember it's not about hitting the numbers really. It's more about reading and having fun with your fellow littens ❤️ as long as you're having fun then you are meeting your goal hon 😘 3w
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All in all, l enjoyed the novel. I appreciated the fantasy setting, based in 1920s America, but with Human and Witches living side by side, although with a form of segregation and Prohibition on magic.

I was less fond of the romance. It started off nice, linked to the MC's grow, but it said down in the most obvious boundle od cliches.

Pity. Still enjoyable, though.

https://theoldshelter.com/thursday-quotables-in-search-of-a-witchs-soul/

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Blood Brothers | Ernst Haffner
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Not too displeased with how the #24B4Monday is going. Of course l'll go nowhere near 24 hours, bug my goal is to finish this book (and l'm 2/3 done) and at least start another.

This is a very strange book, more a dossier of life in Berlin in the 1930s than a true story. Still l'm quite involved in the harsh lives of these lost boys.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 3w
TheReadingMermaid Sweetie don't be down on yourself. We still have two days left of the read-a-thon. I know you can totally bust out that book before the read-a-thon is over. You can do this!! 👍😃👍 3w
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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Loved loved loved this chapter about the Rohirrim. His conception seems to have taken longer to settled as Tolkien brought the episode closer to his beloved Beowulf.

Grima Wormtangue, who has such a central part in the final book, entered the story very late. And what about Eowyn... who was supposed to marry Aragorn in the end? 😱😱😱

Susanita Brad Dourif and his shaved eyebrows... 3w
Daisey I was really intrigued by that part about Eowyn & Aragorn too! 3w
JazzFeathers @Susanita He is such a great Wormtangue. 3w
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JazzFeathers @Daisey l never expected that! True, Arwen doesn't exist in this version yet, but somehow l can't unlearn what l know. 3w
Susanita He‘s one of those actors who disappears in the role, and halfway through whatever you‘re watching it dawns on you who he is. 3w
Daisey I can see this possibility because of the interest Eowyn expresses toward Aragorn in the final story. It also makes perfect sense to me that Tolkien early considered some marital alliance between Gondor and Rohan. These are the characters he had for consideration at this point. 3w
JazzFeathers @Susanita l have never seen him in any other role, but l do think he's one of the best in the trilogy. 3w
JazzFeathers @Daisey That's true. He was logica lll working with the characters and the situation he had at the time. It's curious because, even if part of Aragorn's ancestry concerning the Numenoreans has already emerged, l don't feel there's the depth and complex implications yet that will eventually arise. 3w
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Blood Brothers | Ernst Haffner
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Just started off with my reading buddy.
#24B4Monday #readalong

It's so hot here l don't think l'll do anything else but read.

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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Considering how fast these last few chapters seem to have reached the published form, l find it quite surprising that the episode of Rohan is still so far from what it would become.

There's no Grima Wormtangue, there's no Helm's Deep. Eowyn appears very late and rides with the Rohirrim as an Amazon.
Theoden is distrustful of Gandalf, but still accepts to fight first again Isengard and the in Minas Tirith's aid

Texreader Great review 3w
JazzFeathers @Texreader Thanks 😊 3w
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Ghost | Alan Lightman
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Just wanted to mention that my novella GHOSTS THROUGH THE CRACKS (not the tagged book) is only 1.50 on Smashwords for another week.
That's the cost of a pastry, guys! You could get my book with a cappuccino on a Sunday morning and finish to read it before lunch 😉

If you don't know Smashwords, definitely give it a go. It's an awesome store and one of the best services for authors in my opinion

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611064

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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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Let's face it, at this point Tolkien was extremely inspired 😂
I love this chapter in the book, but l see it isn't an easy one to write.
Apparently Tolkien went through four revisions back to back. If this isn't inspiration, l don't know what it is.

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Ladyhawke | Joan D. Vinge
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I've always admired Rutger Hauer. I still didn't expect to be this saddened by his death.

I know most people remember him as Roy in Blade Runner, but for this fantasy reader he will always be Navarre 😢

Caroline2 I love Ladyhawke 🥺 (edited) 3w
TrishB Roy for me. Tears in the rain. 3w
Erofan 😢 3w
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twohectobooks LadyHawke was a favourite movie of mine as a very little girl. RIP. 3w
JazzFeathers @TrishB l watched Blade Runner only once decades ago. Maybe l should give it another go. They said yesterday on tv that Hauer's final monologue was so intence that the entire crew was tearing up by the end. 3w
JazzFeathers @Erofan l know 😢 3w
JazzFeathers @twohectobooks lt is still one of my favourite movies. I think that unlike other 1980s fantasy movies, it has ages marvellously. 3w
twohectobooks The most recent time I watched it I had major issues with the score, but I‘d love to see it again. 3w
TrishB Absolutely. The quote I used is from that scene, it‘s one of the best film scenes ever and apparently he ad-libbed some of it. 😥 3w
JazzFeathers @twohectobooks The score is the only thing that hasn't aged well 🙃 But then, Vangelis is a grest classic of the 1980s 😆 3w
JazzFeathers @TrishB Only the best do that 💙 3w
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Blood Brothers | Ernst Haffner
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#24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

I'm doing the readalong this weekend.
Contrari to the last l did, it should be a reasonably quiet weekend so l'm hoping to read two books:

Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner (which l'm already reading and hope to finish)

Gilgi, One of Us by Irmgard Keun

Let's see how it goes.

Do join us. It is a very informal #readalong. Yes there is a goal to read for 24 hours in 3 days,but you can choose your own goal

TheReadingMermaid Awesome goals 👍😃👍 Let me know how Blood Brothers is please 😘😘 4w
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Blood Brothers | Ernst Haffner
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Well, l suppose l'll go with this first.

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Gilgi, One of Us | Irmgard Keun
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I've been running after #NetGalley expiring files all through the first part of the year. I think l can now take a break and read some of my other books.

These two are German authors from the 1920s and l've been meaning to read it for my current writing project.
Can't wait to dive in.

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L'ombra nel pozzo | Chi Wei-Jan
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A noir set in Taiwan from a Taiwanese author?
Absolutely yes, please!

(Couldn't find an English edition)

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Really enjoying this one. It's a quick read, with a nice, balanced mix of romance, mystery and fantasy.
I'm not a romance reader, but l like the mix here. All thread entiwens so that it isn't easy to separate one from the other.

I'm eager to discover both who Anna will end up with, who Jesse truly is and what will be Leo's fate.

The magic part sounds a lot like Harry Potter, but with an adult vibe... and set in the 1920s!

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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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Treebeard is a very peculiar character. He's been mentioned from the very early chapters, but he went through a huge change all off-stage.
When he is mentioned the first time, he's a giant allied to Saruman who took Gandalf captive. But then he became progressively a good giant, and when he finally appears, he's an Ent, a good-natured, ancient, wise Ent.
And he's a dear 😊

TheBookDream Yes he was evil in the original draft and stayed evil. I was very upset by that. 4w
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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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At this stage, Tolkien must have been inspired, since it seems he wrote these chapter very fast and with little hesitations.
This chapter is only a couple of pages. Christopher didn't publish much, since the draft achieved the final form practically immediately.

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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

I found it really amusing that Tolkien seemed to hesitate on the Rohirrim chapter, as if knowing this was going to complicate things and mess up his plans, and he ponder whether to go this way or not.

I'm so happy he did. I love the Rohirrim 💚

Susanita Eomer ❤️ 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree...you could sense his hesitation here. He started writing it like his plans, just a single side chapter...and then he wrote their meeting on the grasslands and couldn‘t do it, he had to follow that group and write more about them. 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, I found it really interesting how he started, stopped when he realized the logistics just didn‘t work, and then rewrote it. The whole aspect of figuring out this section and what happens to each set of characters is fascinating. 4w
JazzFeathers @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l think his love for the Anglo-saxons betrayed him 😆 l think he started off using the Anglo-saxon characteristics for the sake a variety in the story, but once he had those characters in his head, he just couldn't let them go. Characters are such naughty creatures. Never trust a character! 4w
JazzFeathers @Susanita l know, right 😏 4w
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The Treason of Isengard | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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After planning to make a traitor of Boromir since the beginning, and bring him back to Minas Tirith for the siege, Tolkien decided to kill him instead, while redeeming him.
There's no notes concerning this decision, which is a pity. I'd love to know why this change of heart.

This is one of those chapter born already very close to its final form.

Daisey I was also hoping there might be some notes or questions to self about this change as it was made. I was very curious to see how the original idea would have played out. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers @Daisey I agree with both of you... darn that paper shortage that had him erasing the original and writing over it! My guess though, is he couldn‘t bare a character he had grown to love be fully evil and unredeemed in some way....so he transferred that to the father. 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 4w
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That theory makes a lot of sense to me! 4w
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey That is totally possible. I don't think Boromir was born as an evil character. It was only after Tolkien paused in 1939 that Boromir became a traitor. So the character had these two 'lives' in himself and really l think Tolkien couldn't make him totally evil. The Breaking of the Fellowship and The Departure of Boromir show these two lives, in my opinion. 4w
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