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.