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Gordon Shumway
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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.

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The Lord of the Rings is a very good ring. Much better than the three movies. I enjoyed the information about what led to it being written, too. I really preferred the books above the movies, which I read before the movies. I preferred the books after seeing the movies, too. I gave away most of my books, needed the shelf space, but I kept those three hefty books. Could not part with them. I like picturing and “hearing” what I am reading in these books much more than what I am seeing anf hearing in the movies.

I could have gone Kindle, but I prefer to hold the books and turn the pages. I do have some Kindle books and have duplicated some of my paperbacks with Kindle versions, but, I generally get out the paperback. Sometimes, I will get a Kindle of a paperback I have if it is not a long book. That way I can take it with me and get it read while I am wherever I am. With the actual book, though, I take my time reading it and enjoy the actual pages.

I liken reading and holding the paperback to the Kindle or a movie as to holding and playing an instrument over listening or watching it being played. There is nothing like true interaction via page turning and imagination of the book, and playing the actual instrument and putting your feeling into it. 

I have a hard time typing in these edit boxes and editing typos or rewording. I usually type it up on my notepad and copy and paste here (which is why I miss the point or some of the points of the first post sometimes). I did not do that this time. Hopefully, I got the typos and reworded what needed to be reworded. 

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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.

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Exactly, it depends on the book or film, actually, and personal preference. No right or wrong. . I just like the LOTR books so much better than the movies. I preferred my mental picture of what went on, not the graphic images in the film. I preferred the hobbit towns in the movies way over the other sets. I could not stand Sean Astin’s overacting for Sam.

Can you tell me what was so all and powerful with Gandalf? Seems like he messed up a lot! 😂

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I'm still not reading books. 🤦‍♂️

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman Are you still coloring them and looking at the pictures? (Meant in jest)

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Exactly..... ROFL!!!! I am. Don't worry, you didn't need to add that you were joking, I am not that sensitive. 😁

Truth be told, that is more my personality.

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but the one who needs the least."

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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.

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@JiminTexas yes!  Good book.  

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@JiminTexas Looks like a good book. I may just buy it. Thanks.

Jim

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