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Those are such fantastic reviews, V. I especially like the comments concerning "raises serious questions about the treatment of unpublished—and unfinished—literary material" and that all canonical authors can learn from your book.
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Thanks Prim and Inanna (love the new name, btw).
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Voronwë the Steadfast wrote:Thanks Prim and Inanna (love the new name, btw).
:D Thank you.
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Paperback is now listed at Amazon (but with no image at this point). Small (10%) discount, for a pre-order price of $29.80. I'm hoping they will increase the discount, but it still is a lot cheaper than the hardcover was ever available for:

http://www.amazon.com/Arda-Reconstructe ... _title_0#_
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Here is what the new cover looks like:

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That's elegant!
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Yeah, I like it a lot (though I liked the old cover as well).
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Very nice and scholarly. :thumbsup:
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Thanks, Frelga. I think so, too.

I've learned that the Book Depository has it for 25% off with free worldwide shipping, for a total of $24.71.

http://www.bookdepository.com/Arda-Reco ... 1611460896
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Oh, and here is a higher resolution copy of the cover:

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And the Amazon craziness starts already! The image isn't even up yet, it doesn't come up in Google searches (only the hardcover does), and yet they've now raised the discount a whole percent (w00t!) to 11 percent, reducing the price 33 whole cents to $29.47!

But the best price can be found from a place called the Book Depository, which has it for 25% off at $24.71, with worldwide free delivery! That may well be the best price that it will be available for total, so anyone who is interested may want to get on it:

http://www.bookdepository.com/Arda-Reco ... 1611460896
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Just got word that the paperback books arrived in the publisher's warehouse today and should begin shipping within the week. Woohoo! Unfortunately, the Book Depository no longer has that good price, so Amazon is probably the best way to go.
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Great news!
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I hold in my hand a copy of the paperback! And it looks really awesome! The illustrations in particular are really nice, quite a bit crisper than they were in the hardcover edition. I'm very pleased.

I've ordered a few extra copies, so if anyone is interested in having me send them a signed copy, I'd be willing to send them for $25, shipping included. Let me know if anyone is interested.
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Voronwë, how much knowledge of HoME does your book assume? If I've only read The (published) Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, will I be able to follow it?
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Post by Voronwë the Faithful »

kzer, I tried to design the book so that it would be understandable to someone without having read any of HoMe (whereas, it would largely be useless, I think, to anyone who has not read the published Silmarillion). Certainly familiarity with HoMe would enhance the appreciation of the book (particularly the tables), but I am pretty confident that anyone who is familiar with the published Silmarillion would be perfectly able to follow the text. Indeed, I have had others who have not read HoMe tell me that they were able to do so. On the other hand, it is my hope that doing so would spark interest in going on to reading HoMe.

If anyone here has any input on this question, please feel free to add your comment!
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I've only read parts of HoME and I thoroughly enjoyed Arda Reconstructed!
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Likewise, I've only dipped into parts of HoMe in the past, and whilst AR is perfectly readable on its own (once you are familiar with The Silmarillion,) in a way it is rather like an index to the SIL parts of HoMe. I used it during our SIL scriptwriting project, and it was invaluable for cross-referencing Tolkien's different versions in order to find extra detail to enhance the screenplay.
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Cool, isn't it? I'm very grateful to TPTB at TORN for doing that. And I see that the irrepressible Grammaboodawg has managed to get the cover image posted at Amazon, which I have been trying to do for months!
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