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The QPB Companion to The Lord of the Rings by Brandon Geist
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Dec 01, 11

bookshelves: brain-food, fantasy, criticism
Read from November 23 to December 01, 2011 — I own a copy

It is a pleasure to find a popular anthology of critical essays that are not all smiles. It actually gives a balanced introduction to the critical issues surrounding The Lord of the Rings. Few books, even the greats, have united positive feedback. So the spectrum in this book is refreshing.

It is odd though that it seems somewhat too balanced. For a book that purports to be a "Companion" it is sometimes almost a detractor. I guess that's ok, but it would have been nice to see some actual analysis, perhaps that's a bit too much to expect in a book with short essays. However, the give and take between writers was fun, but out of character for a book that includes recipes and crosswords. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a little taste of the book before a re-read. Just remember, all opinions are not created equal.

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