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The Sellamillion (Gollancz S.F.) [Hardcover]

Adam Roberts
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23 Sep 2004 Gollancz S.F.
THE SELLAMILLION is NOT a parody of Tolkien's THE SILMARILLION. That would be pointless because although all Tolkien fans have a copy, only three of them have read past page 40. It is, however, a parody of all that Tolkien created as he worked on LORD OF THE RINGS. The history of the elderly days. Early missing drafts of LORD OF THE RINGS. A correspondence between the author and publisher on whether it should be a Bellybutton Stud of Doom rather than a Ring of Power. An experimental version of LOTR as if written by Dr Seuss. That sort of thing. It'll be funny. Possibly hilarious. The author's told us it will be. Promised even. And he did write THE SODDIT. And that was quite funny.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (23 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575076119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076112
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 12.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Roberts is a writer of science fiction novels and stories, as well as Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. Three of his novels, "Salt", "Gradisil" and "Yellow Blue Tibia" were nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and his most recent novel "By Light Alone" has been shortlisted for the 2012 BSFA Award. He has published over a dozen novels, a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF, stories, parodies, bits, pieces, this and that.

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"Daft, silly and laugh-out-loud funny. Roberts clearly has no shame. The book's only downside is there no chance at all of it ever being turned into a film. Ah, well." (Daniel McBeal FOCUS)

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Adam Roberts is 38. He is Reader in English at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF. And if you believe that you'll believe anything.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Send up of a great book 2 Jan 2013
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A great send up of the Sillmarillian by Tolkein. Very funny indeed
Easy to read and not as long winded as Tolkein can be .
Worth getting the whole set just as you would with the Lord of The Rings etc.
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By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE
This book parodies Tolkiens Silmarillion. This is one of Tolkien's lesser read works mainly because the first part of it is very hard going. This parody makes the most of it, as the Ainusoul sing the song of creation. This is just one example of how you need to know the original to get the humour.

If you have read the Silmarillion and if you are British you will get most of the jokes, but I am not sure that they will cross the Atlantic very well and I am pretty sure most of the humour would not translate to any other language. So this is a very British parody. I like King Bleary who is an obvious reference to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who becomes Gondor the Brownie. They even mention some of the political turmoil of the Blair-Brown years as Blair betrays Gondor to Sharon. I also like Moider! instead of Mordor as this will always remind me of the crime drama Taggart - "There's been a moider!". At times the humour is stretched too far and it tries too hard to parody when it could try a different way of making us laugh.

So I gave it four stars because it made me chuckle, but I am one of the audience it was written for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than 'The Soddit'. 16 Jan 2005
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
A collection of writings, letters and early drafts relating to A.R.R.R Robert's fictional masterpiece 'Lowered Off The Rings' and the world of Upper Middle Earth.
Robert's mistake with 'The Soddit' was to attempt a rewriting of 'The Hobbit'. Here's however, Roberts parodies the idea behind 'The Silmarillion', only borrowing certain specifics for parody every now and again. This book lulls you into a false sense of security and then suddenly hits you with a priceless bit of comedy. For instance, King Prorn III has three sons; Stronginthearm (who is strong in the arm), Braveface (who has the world's bravest face) and Belend (whose attributes we don't discuss). Were you annoyed by all the America-specific puns in 'Bored of the Rings', well, here there are a few just for us Brits (such as the Noddiholor elves with their bushy sideburns). But it's not just Tolkien in the firing line, C.S. Lewis' fiercely Christian style of fantasy is parodied with a reference to 'The Passion of the Lion, the Wicked Jews Who Murdered Him, and the Wardrobe' and Robert Jordan gets the funniest mention when the publishers announce the release of 'The Lord of the Wheels of Time' a 144-volume retelling of the original fantasy epic (which was an inadequate 1200 pages long), with each book at least 1000 pages long and featuring dozens of maps, character lists and appendices.
At times, Roberts' narrative drags on longer than Tolkien's original did and you'll find yourself having to repress the urge to skip through the tales of Belend and Luthwoman and Earwiggi. I also really resent the suggestion in the Synopsis above that no-one can be bothered to read 'The Silmarillion', the publishers should at least show a bit of respect for Tolkien's work (which they're quite happy to cash-in on).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful farce! 24 Sep 2012
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If you have read CS Lewis, or JRR Tolkien, William Goldman, etc, and you are not a purist, this is hysterical! It is a true farce!
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