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Old December 20th, 2017, 08:48 PM   #1791

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Best reading order in my opinion:

The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
Unfinished Tales

The Silmarillion
The Children of Hurin
Lay of Luthien

Unfinished Tales is a collection of unfinished tales and other odds and ends. It is easier to read and more interesting than the Silmarillion due to more accessible writing style and the appearance of characters from the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. It's divided into 1st Age, 2nd Age and 3rd Age stories, so if the 1st age stuff doesn't appeal to you, you can skip to the 2nd age stories about Numenor, Isildur and elves. The 3rd age stuff has more about Aragorn's capture of Gollum, an investigation of Isengard, Wizards and a "missing chapter" from the Hobbit amongst other things.

The Children of Hurin and Lay of Luthien are part of the Silmarillion, but the Children of Hurin is a more complete story (and now has its own book) than what is in the Silmarillion. Most people consider the Silmarillion hard to read or not that enjoyable, since it reads a bit like the Bible and has approximately 3 names each for a hundred characters. So if the Silmarillion style doesn't appeal to you, try reading Children of Hurin on its own.

I hope that helps?

PS: You should also consider reading the Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, if you are going to read a biography of the author.
Thanks for the advice!
Yes I'm also going to read the letters together with the biography.
I will defenitly read Silmarilion, it's the great basis.
Maybe Unfinished tales.
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Old December 23rd, 2017, 03:53 PM   #1792

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Ring of Steel: Germany & Austria-Hungary at War 1914-1918" by Alexander Watson
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Old December 23rd, 2017, 11:17 PM   #1793
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The man who burned the White House, by James Pack

A good read about Admiral George Cockburn, who - judging by Pack's account at least - was Nelson's equal as a naval officer.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 05:11 PM   #1794

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Road to Serfdom, FA Hayek....Bruce Caldwell edition

I can see myself reading this one twice in a row, just to make sure I get the economic language down. Plus I like to read the original text first and the editor's notes after
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Old December 29th, 2017, 09:21 PM   #1795

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The Young Hitler I Knew by August Kubiszek. It's incredible to be able to read the first hand record of Hitler's intimate friend during his early adult years in Linz.
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Old December 30th, 2017, 09:25 AM   #1796

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Going back through Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts. As good as I remember. Excellent series of books.
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 12:05 AM   #1797

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Fantasy Three Empires (《神话版三国》)
The literal translation would be "mythic Three Empires"; the course of history is totally different from what you expect from the Three Empires era.
(By the Three Empires, I mean the era in which Liu Bei, Cao Cao, and Sun Quan were active.)
Due to the sheer length of the work, I may quit any time.

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Old January 8th, 2018, 08:36 PM   #1798

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Hobbit gone. Actually was a nice read.
1/3 trough Tolkien biography, some nice points from the author:
- the mail from young Tolkien to his father somedays before its dead, and the tarantula episode in SA, that subconscialy is everywere in LOTR.

Also in the process of finishing a book about the memories of a portuguese diplomat.
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Old January 9th, 2018, 06:58 AM   #1799

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I am going through both the big tomes that I had purchased in the last month namely I ) India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha and II ) India since Independence by Bipan Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee.
Both are by leftist historians having red tinted glasses to look at India which is a country which does not fit well with the Communist ideas of History.
Though it must be agreed that both the books contain very useful data and the presentation is generally fact-based rather than ideology based. The font is easy on the eyes and Guha's book contain a number of photographs. Both the books are quite lucid and read easily.
Highly recommended to all interested in modern India.
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I am going through both the big tomes that I had purchased in the last month namely I ) India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha and II ) India since Independence by Bipan Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee.
Both are by leftist historians having red tinted glasses to look at India which is a country which does not fit well with the Communist ideas of History.
Though it must be agreed that both the books contain very useful data and the presentation is generally fact-based rather than ideology based. The font is easy on the eyes and Guha's book contain a number of photographs. Both the books are quite lucid and read easily.
Highly recommended to all interested in modern India.
I have the Guha book but haven't started it yet, thanks for the insight
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