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I've been living with my parents for 2 months, so the reading has been random and charity-shop inspired. An Italian translation of Robert Harris's Pompeii (I know where there used to be an Italian translation of the Lord of the Rings. I wonder if it's still there and if I dare, lol!), Joan Alcock - Life in Roman Britain. Catullus (I'm constantly reading him), Arrian's Alexander. Val MacDermid. Channon - The Ludwigs of Bavaria.
Yeah, all that New Zealand Tolkien was too much. I liked the first part of LOTR, but after that, no, 6 more hours of Frodo's pained puddum, ugh! And blowing the Hobbit up into that trilogy of epics destroyed whatever 1930s Englishness it had. That and all those wars involving CGI armies. That all came from the Silmarillion and that kind of thing, I assume - I never read those. I did read LOTR once, but gave up at the treehouse section the second time I tried to read it. And I had read the Hobbit 2 or 3 times since I was 10, but I read it a year or two ago and gave up 20 pages from the end because I knew what was going to happen.
I don't like to be dogmatic about books vs films. I'd recommend both the book and the film of Jaws. The argument usually talks about big books and big films and ignores all the little things. For instance, films like Hitchcock's Vertigo were regularly made from small stables of books that were never widely read (the authors were Boileau-Narcéjac - I read it once). Hollywood had rooms full of readers looking for anything vaguely useful whose rights could be bought for peanuts.
So if someone asks me, do you prefer the book or the film, I reply, it depends on the book, and it depends on the film.
I am not very knowledgeable about music theory and the practical applications thereof, but I have found a wonderful book that both educates and entertains me. It is Edly's Music Theory for Practical People". It is written in a lighthearted tone with some particularly whimsical illustrations. So, if you want to learn about modal music, blues scales and secondary dominants while the drawing of a violasaurus brings a little.smirk to.your lips, this paperback for.you.
The search for great technique does not always lead to great music, but the search for great music does always lead to great technique.