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ISBN: 0615312543
Author: Steve Hillard
Language: English
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; First Edition edition (January 20, 2011)
Pages: 460
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 265
Size Fb2: 1544 kb
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Enter Mirkwood, the Great Forest of Doubt Bold new author Steve Hillard's wildly original debut, Mirkwood. After graduating from Colorado State University, Steve Hillard earned a degree in philosophy at Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado.

Enter Mirkwood, the Great Forest of Doubt Bold new author Steve Hillard's wildly original debut, Mirkwood. Before settling into his current career as a private equity entrepeneur, Hillard was a teacher at Rikers Island Prison, a welder, a carpenter, and a practicing lawyer. He is the founder and head of a private equity fund involved in the entertainment and telecom industries. Steve resides with his wife, Rosita, in Austin.

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Press Release about the book. Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien by Steve Hillard tells of Tolkien hiding secret documents that the forces of evil will do anything to obtain, and the young orphan girl, Cadence, who discovers them. In the opening pages of Hillard's novel, world-renowned author and linguist Tolkien lands in New York City on a mysterious errand.

Mirkwood: A Novel About . Enter Mirkwood, the Great Forest of Doubt Bold new author Steve Hillard’s wildly original debut, Mirkwood, re-invents . Tolkien as a man haunted by the very myths he rewove into his famous works. Author: Стив Хиллард. In 1970, Professor Tolkien makes a little-known visit to America-and sets in motion elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic documents.

Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien, Heroines, And Exodus from Middle Earth. Or. Pardon Me, Did You Just. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien steeled himself. Go now and bar this fell gate, the muse breathed. Come Through That Portal? Steve Hillard. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Before it is too late! For a man about whose life it would be observed, after 1925, nothing much happened, this lion of letters trudged in fear for the first time since he was eighteen at the Battle of the Somme. Chapter 2. 2008–2009: DOCUMENTS.

Steve Hillard’s wildly original debut, Mirkwood, re-invents .

Mirkwood is Hillard's first novel. About 900 copies have been sold. In his day job, he heads a private equity fund assisting minority groups and women in the acquisition and running of radio and TV companies. According to the book's jacket: "Mirkwood reinvents JRR Tolkien as a man haunted by the very myths he rewove into his famous work. n 1970, sets in motion elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic documents. The estate claims that the book jacket's design – a tree illuminated by rays of light above three figures – is "strikingly similar" to Tolkien publications.

Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien DEDICATION DRAMATIS PERSONAE BOOK I Chapter 1 1970: AN ARRIVAL . Before it is too late!

Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien DEDICATION DRAMATIS PERSONAE BOOK I Chapter 1 1970: AN ARRIVAL Chapter 2 2008–2009: DOCUMENTS Chapter 3 INKLINGS I Chapter 4 OCTOBER 16 Chapter 5 OCTOBER 17 Chapter 6 INKLINGS II Chapter 7 OCTOBER 18 Chapter 8 THE POOL BOOK II Chapter 9 INKLINGS III Chapter 10 OCTOBER 18 Chapter 11 OCTOBER 20 Chapter 12 INKLINGS I. Before it is too late!

Enter Mirkwood, the Great Forest of Doubt Bold new author Steve Hillard's wildly original debut, Mirkwood, re-invents .

Enter Mirkwood, the Great Forest of Doubt Bold new author Steve Hillard's wildly original debut, Mirkwood, re-invents .

Enter Mirkwood, the Great Forest of Doubt Bold new author Steve Hillard's wildly original debut, Mirkwood, re-invents J.R.R. Tolkien as a man haunted by the very myths he rewove into his famous works. As much literary criticism as boisterous epic, this episodically-driven plot explores the blurred borderlands where ancient tales, lost heroines, and epic journeys are stalked by dim monsters that will not be still. In 1970, Professor Tolkien makes a little-known visit to America-and sets in motion elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic documents. Destinies are altered, legends become real, and two heroines must race for their lives in vastly different worlds.

This is a work of fiction which is neither endorsed by nor connected with The JRR Tolkien Estate or its publisher.

Comments:

Punind
Unknown Aug 3, 2011 09:16 AM

I was fascinated by the concept of a book concerning the after events of the Third and Fourth Ages as the Elves fade, Dwarves delve and Men ascend and recorded history begins. Something we are all fascinated by as we come to the end of Tolkien's works. So I bought the book, presumably before all known copies get destroyed and began reading. Slogging through the thick narrative at the beginning proved to be difficult, but I let it go. I get to page 41, and the Inklings are having a meeting. Tolkien speaks up and says, "Don't be foolish Ian. I can change. Why Jack (C.S. Lewis) has even brought me around to a Christian point of view..."

Unbelievable, I thought. It was Tolkien who brought Lewis to a more "Christian point of view." Anyhow, if that is truly the mistake the author made, it is inexcusable.

Beyond the fact that the author perverts Tolkien's writings, altering plain historical fact is unforgiveable.

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME, DEAR READER. Though perhaps my copy will be valuable once the Tolkien Estate has their way with this...paper. I might still burn it even then however, in hopes of preserving even one future reader of Tolkien's works.
SmEsH
I wanted to like this book. I am a big fan of Tolkien's work, and was looking forward to reading a good extension of his work. The reviews on this site led me to believe that this book would be this; I was bitterly disappointed.

This book has so much potential to be good. The idea of a strong female hobbit heroine is very interesting, and could easily be woven into the Tolkien world. However, this book failed in both respects. I didn't really care about what happened to Ara- I didn't feel any sort of urgency in her mission (which, by the way I never did figure out) nor connection to her character. Cadence, the human character, also fell short in this respect. I didn't feel connected to her or her need to know about her past (possibly because we never really see her under "normal" conditions), so I honestly didn't care whether she found what she was looking for, either. I only finished the book in hopes that the author would give a surprise twist ending that would make everything before make more sense. He didn't.

Fitting this novel in with Middle-Earth was also difficult. The author felt the need to invent new names for things that Tolkien has already given several names to, as well as adding new races, lands, and species to an already well-populated world. This made it difficult to associate Ara's quest with that of Frodo, though (I believe) she is supposed to be on a parallel course to Mount Doom (also renamed). A random Beowulf encounter further muddled the sense of time and place.

The structure of the book felt off, as well. Several times I wondered if the Kindle version I bought was missing chapters, as the story line made some fairly drastic leaps without any apparent connections or explanations.

There are some very well-written episodes in this book. The author has some shining moments of wonderful prose, and exciting sequences well-executed. However, these are buried under so much confusing and sometimes downright awful plotting and imagery, that they do not redeem the rest of the book.

For a story with so much potential, this is a novel that falls far, far, short of its expectations. If you are looking for an extension of Tolkien's work, you will not find it here.
Adoranin
Unlike some other reviewers, for me, the whole gist of this book was the discussion of book publishing and what it really would take to get a story into hard-copy print. Flashbacks give a flavor of difficulties encountered by Tolkien himself. For contrast, see:

[...]

The conceit is that ancient manuscripts are endangered and, with them, the story they and only they (having been systematically suppressed) can possibly propagate down the ages. Thus is introduced the concept of hard-copy longevity, although not expressly juxtaposed with any other media, including word-of-mouth.

Anyway, the difficulties are elucidated in an entertaining manner. Really, when was the last time I purposely ordered a dead-tree book myself?

That said, a leetle more copyediting is to be hoped for in the sequel. Horde/hoard; stationary/stationery; hear, hear/here, here gets on my nerves.

A fine first novel.
Fhois
If you have read Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and the Simirillion, and you know a little about Tolkiens life, this is a interesting midrash on him. The fun in the story is matching his real life timeline with the novel's series of events.
Super P
I will admit an article about the lawsuit filed by the Tolkien estate is what lead me to this book. The idea that it could be destroyed if the renown author's estate prevailed led me to spend $2.99 for the Kindle edition. My curiosity was well rewarded.

This is not a Tolkien story being told. It is a story about the famous author, and a tale he found too dangerous to tell. I could not put it down. It brought back memories of delicious characters, and introduced new monsters. The interweaving of modern day with Middle-earth made me look at the world through new eyes.

I look forward to more tales from this very talented new author. Bravo!!!!
Irostamore
Far to long and boring. Initially an interesting idea, but ultimately doomed to mediocrity.
Kagaramar
This book kept my interest from start to finish, never a slow moment! I especially liked the plot twists. I've always entertained the philosophy that belief and reality are related! I would recommend this book to anyone!

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