Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith,  Christopher Tolkien The epic backstory and mythology of Middle Earth. The grandeur and beauty of the language is a little like the King James edition of the Bible - but with much longer sentences. So, its beauty is counterbalanced by its opacity. I did sometimes have to recap to the start of a sentence or paragraph when I lost the train, and of course many of the characters are referred to by two (or more) names, but in the end, it's the majesty, rather than the detail that matters. If you're expecting something like The Hobbit (or even LotR), this will be a surprise.

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake