10 of 41 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly unreadable book,
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Paperback)
I have had this book for about three months, when I bought it I was really looking forward to another Lord of the Rings, or at least Hobbit, style book.
What I have is a book which after all this time I have not managed to get past chapter one of (and I have read all of War and Peace). The style is unrelentingly tedious and difficult to read.
This is not a book to enjoy reading it may well give the background to all the events in the subsequent books but it could have been written so very much better than some sort of Old Testament script
Never have I been so disappointed with a book I was really looking forward to reading.
After watching Julian Cope in concert for two hours I long since decided life is too short to waste on something which has the entertainment value of hand cleaning decking with wire wool. This book is going to the local charity shop
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2010, 13:13:14 GMT
Hill Walker says:
this is a funny review and I did laugh but I can't agree with the sentiment; the S'lion fleshes out so much of the deep, deep history which underpins TLOTR and The Hobbit. Persevere and you will profit, I guarantee you...
Posted on 3 May 2010, 01:29:48 BST
I can't possibly give you a positive vote, because I found The Silmarillion provided a fascinating background to LOTR (even though it was hard work), but I enjoyed your review enormously - so I won't give you a negative vote either!
Posted on 3 Jun 2010, 16:17:01 BST
Andrew said it was a "truely unreadable book". It's strange that out of 150 reviews here, the vast majority believe it to be a great work. Does this mean that they have read it? And if so, does that imply that IT IS readable? Probably Andrew should have said "I found the book truely unreadable".
Apologies for being pedantic but I do find it irritating when someone criticises something based solely on their own preferences. Rest assured - a great deal of people find this book, once read, hugely rewarding. Anything that comes easily is generally not worth a jot, in the long run.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2010, 13:54:46 BST
That's what reviewing is all about, Einstein.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2010, 18:07:10 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2010, 00:23:52 BST
Whilst I don't agree with the reviewer at all (I've read the Sil more times than I can remember) I'm a little annoyed at some of the stick they're getting. A review is someone's opinion, no more, no less. Why do some people feel the need to deride the opinions of others. Does a bad review detract from your own reading experience?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2010, 09:04:39 BST
I guess Mr G. that people are passionate about things they have really enjoyed. Therefore when someone proclaims a work to be worthless based solely on their dislike for it, others who have liked it feel moved to present the other side of the argument.
I don't see any problem with this, a bit of passionate debate is a good thing. When it's not so good is when it goes from healthy respectful debate to unpleasant sarcasm. I guess it's the same with football supporters - a bit of banter is good fun but then some "fans" take it too far and decide they want to kill their rivals.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2010, 22:46:20 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2010, 09:58:41 GMT