Monday, August 17, 2015

J.R.R. Tolkien's Early Work To Be Published

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First, it was Harper Lee and the publication of her lost manuscript, Go Set a Watchman
Now, an unfinished manuscript of Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien, has been found and is about to be published. The Story Of Kullervo is slated for publication in the United Kingdom on August 27 by HarperCollins UK, and in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 27. 
According to published reports, Tolkien's unfinished manuscript inspired Middle-earth, the location for his highly acclaimed, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit novels, which have become blockbuster movie trilogies. 

Tolkien wrote The Story of Kullervo in 1914 while a student at Oxford University's Exeter College. The story is based on a character in the Finnish poem, "The Kalevala."
According to information from the publishers: 
Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny,

Saturday, August 1, 2015

5 Types of Books to Include in Your Reading List

By Violeta Maftei 

About Reading Lists

When skimming through various book recommendations, I wonder if they are not misused resources. As plenty others, though my reading time is limited, I usually choose books with a degree of randomness. And yet, how would our reading lists look, if our purpose was to be represented by the books read? How about pursuing a balance between achieving knowledge and dedicating time?

The mind is our utmost valuable instrument. Its evolution is our responsibility. Learn how to develop and expand it or draw away to comfort zones and be devoured by inutility.

For this purpose, the ultimate accessible method of expanding the mind beyond its limits is reading. Books immerse into unexplored, marvelous worlds and facilitate life changing encounters.

Of course, explorers are responsible. At the beginning, readers will penetrate only what subjectivity allows them. Books mirror minds, they offer, but it is up to the adventurers to be conscious of what they perceive.

To conclude, below are listed coordinates for choosing books, for picking the essential from an overwhelming diversity, a subjective recommendation of types of books to read.