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Friday May 10, 2002
01:35 PM

Down w/ Tolkien

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Flame On: Ok, I have to admit it -- I read Tolkien as a kid and wasn't that impressed then and now having re-read 'Fellowship'... I'm still not. He doesn't impress me as a writer at all. Everybody, it seems, loves Tolkien 'cept me. What the fuck am I missing? Something obviously. I think most people say they love him without even having actually read any of his stuff. "Everybody else loves him so I should too."

Last year I tore through DFW's IJ. This year I'm looking forward to DeLillo's Underworld. Yes I understand these writers are completely different than Tolkien, and not even in the Fantasy category. But what is usually found in the Fantasy isn't comparable to people like Wallace, Pynchon, DeLillo, Vollman etc. and yet I want it to be. I guess that's asking a little much. Maybe I will be suitably happy finishing 'House of Leaves' or going back and re-reading Snow Crash.
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  • Looking for something to read? Bruce Sterling! Holy Fire [], Schismatrix Plus [], Good Old-Fashioned Future [].

    Also, buy my book! [] Woohoo! Then I'll be rich -- RICH as COSMONAUTS!

    I personally guarantee zero Tolkien content in the abovementioned books.

    • FWIW I just finished reading the Lord of The Rings series and I wasn't particulaly impressed and to be honest I think Tolkien is a little overrated. But sshhh don't tell anyone as it's not very 'geek-like' to bash Tolkien :-)
    • Don't worry, I will definately buy your book. Though it looks as though it won't be available next week as that's when I will have time (vacation) to read through tons of dead wood. Got a copy I can review ? :)
      I read Sterling's "Heavy Weather" but haven't really been motivated to read much more than that except possibly Schismatrix.
  • I wouldn't worry too much. I've read him as well and can't see what the fuss is about. Sure he did a good job at world creation - but he did a lousy job relating his tales. At least, he did in my eyes.
      ---ict / Spoon