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VINE VOICEon 17 October 2017
This is specifically for the "Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set" edition, with leatherette covers and box.

The box itself contains, as many others do, copies of 'The Hobbit' and all three volumes of 'The Lord of The Rings'. The quality of the literature goes without saying. The only things worth talking about with any released version of these books is the physical quality of each edition. These ones look great, and for their intended purpose (travel-sized editions only 16cm heigh, that are a little more durable than an ordinary paperback, but not as heavy as a hardcover), they're perfect, but they've got a lot wrong with them too.

As nice as the leatherette feels, it is too soft. So soft in fact, that even the seam of the cellophane wrapping dents it. The paper of the pages is also very thin (aiding the light weight), meaning the books aren't at all rigid. Not even as rigid as a paperback. The box is a little wider than the combined thickness of the books - which is good for not squashing them - but the books aren't rigid enough to stand up straight under their own weight. They therefore bulge outwards as they slouch into the spare space. The back cover of 'The Hobbit' and the front cover of 'The Return of The King', being the two outer-most sides, stay flat as they're against the sides of the box, but all of the other covers, and large chunks of pages, end up wavy the instant they're removed from the box for the first time.

The covers and pages are soft enough that they can probably be flattened out again by storing them flat, but as soon as they're put back into the box and stood up, they'll do the same thing again.

This set is well worth a look for anyone who wants some travel copies of these books, but they are not a viable option as a deluxe, bookshelf set for posterity.
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on 16 October 2017
Why didn't I read this as a child? Both me and my husband enjoyed this tale. Its full of interesting characters and a constant continuation of plot. What endeared me most though was the unexpected humour. Just one thing though middle earth could sure have karaoke bars, phew everyone has a song....
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on 9 June 2017
This is to replace a copy of this great work to which I no longer have access. I am about half way through and am just as entertained as I was the first few times I read it. The book itself seems well constructed and the spine is holding out so far. How it will perform over the years, time will tell.
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on 16 July 2017
This clever "comic-book" format is an excellent introduction, for children, to a book which they will find quite difficult, in its complete original form!
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on 13 October 2017
I love the hobbit and this book didn't disappoint. The book is always going to be my favourite. Although it's long winded and hard to get through at times you always find yourself coming back to read more. I love it and will be purchasing the films soon. The hobbit always finds its way into your heart.
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on 19 July 2017
I bought this after reading Leaf by Niggle as it spurred me onto to read Tolkein classics. As described, unused. Well packaged prompt delivery.
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on 26 July 2017
great, couldn't be happier
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on 27 August 2017
This is a lovely story and Tolkien is an exquisite writer, he can take on the roles of many characters and its almost as if you are on the journey with them. I would recommend this to teens.
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on 24 July 2017
Recieved in good time. Claims to be used. Small damage on outer box edge. Otherwise perfect
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on 2 June 2017
Best book I've ever read! Only 12 and already read it 4 times and keep finding new things in the story. Love the characters, battles and the amount of detail that Tolkien puts into his books. Glad there are no Orcs around today though!
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