09 April 2012


Mail Again!

A few months ago, when this blog was floundering from lack of (my) attention, I received a very generous gift in the mail. And now that I'm active in the book blogging world again, I'd like to be social and share them with everyone.

Though more representative of the giver's taste in reading than my own, I'm glad to have them all. They're either books I would never have bought for myself or books I would have procrastinated getting to for another few years.

Given what all these authors have in common, 
I should have displayed them with my rosary!

The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by Tolkien
Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham by Tolkien
Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael O'Brien 
Learning Human by Les Murray 

These presents arrived at my home such a while ago that I've already finished two, both of them Tolkiens. (Guess which ones!)

What I really wanted to read first was Father Elijah, but my mother snatched up from where I had set it aside and started it before I could. (Michael O'Brien fans may be tickled to know that by the time I got home from work, she was on Chapter IV and demanding to know whether the novel was based on a true story.)

I also got started on Les Murray's poems, but poetry isn't meant to be read in a linear fashion. It will probably take me a year to weave in and out of Learning Human properly. What I've read so far, however, I like.


Escapism Fanatic said...

Wow, very series books you have there.

Thanks for sotpping by earlier.
New follower.

Blook Girl said...

Looks like a really great mailbox! You know a book is good when you're suddenly demanding to know things about it not even halfway in, haha :-)

Thank you so much for stopping by BlookGirl earlier. Hope you'll stop by again, and I hope you'll continue bogging :-)

Enbrethiliel said...


Escapism Fanatic -- I think J.R.R. Tolkien took the concept of "series" to a whole other dimension! =) Thanks for stopping by!

Blook Girl -- But let's hope that the rest of the book can live up to the beginning, aye? ;-)

FireStarBooks said...

My sister would love this! Great haul!

Debbie said...

First, I love the name of your blog! It looks like someone who cares a lot sent those titles. I'll have to check out Father Elijah. Thanks so much for stopping by A Library of our own earlier! I'll now be following your blog to see your come back to blogging.

Dani said...

Looks like you have a nice haul for this week! I have actually never read anything written by J.R.R. Tolkien. I really should...

Happy reading,

Reviewing Shelf said...

Wow, they look good. So glad to know your mother loves to read too. :)

Enbrethiliel said...


FireStarBooks -- Any girl who likes Tolkien is a kind of "sister" of mine, too. ;-)

Debbie -- Thank you for following! =) Now I feel that I must warn you (and others) that Michael O'Brien gets some really, really mixed reviews. One of my friends obviously loves this novel enough to rank it with Tolkien's books, but another predicted a rant party with me after I finish the final page!

Dani -- A great place to start would be with one of the books I have here, Smith of Wootton Major. It's a kind of meditation (I dare not say "allegory"!) of Fantasy that encompasses all of Tolkien's views about it. But if you'd like to delve straight into Middle-earth, I can't think of anything more accessible than The Hobbit! =) Plus, the movie is coming out later this year, so there's no better time than now to read it.

Reviewing Shelf -- It's nice to be able to discuss books with your family, aye? =) Thanks for stopping by!

sarabara081 said...

Love J.R.R. Tolkien! Enjoy! :)

Belfry Bat said...

Of course, Guðrun is verse, but it's also saga, quite different from modern poetics... although, I don't know what sort of a collection Learning Human is; maybe the two are less mutually foreign than I seem to expect?

Incidentally, I was going to ask (since I'd seen it on a shelf, recently) whether you thought I'd enjoy Fr. Elijah, but as things are...

Well. I still like Ægidius better than Smith; but even more, I rather like the hapless giant!

Enbrethiliel said...


Sarabara -- Thank you. =)

Bat -- Well, I haven't started Father Elijah yet, either. =P So far, all I know is that one friend loves it, another doesn't, and my mother was gripped by it (although not enough to keep at it when Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games beckoned--LOL!). And I have some scattered impressions of other stuff Michael O'Brien has written that seem like foreshadowing of my reading of this novel, but it would be fairer to share those, I think, in the official Reading Diary post than in this speculative combox.

PS -- My favourite was the dog. I just wish he hadn't been such a dope! =P

Enbrethiliel said...


Escapism Fanatic -- I just realised that you may have meant to write "serious" before Autocorrect sneaked up and changed the word completely! Yes, this is a serious, literary haul, isn't it? More serious than I usually am, although it's not totally out of character. =)

Enbrethiliel said...


And I just have to claim Comment #13 before anyone else does . . .

Paul Stilwell said...

I like your elephant and your vase.

Happy Easter!

ashelynn hetland said...

ooh, great mailbox! hope you enjoy them!

Book Flame said...

I know I should be looking at the books but the elephant statue got my attention I love it... I've been in search for the right one to put by my fireplace for the longest.

Enbrethiliel said...


Stilwell -- Like professional supermodels, the books needed a good set.

Ashelynn -- Thank you. =)

Book Flame -- I had been hoping someone would mention the elephant statue! Doesn't it have the most cheerful expression? =D Good luck finding your own elephant!

Barbara Watson said...

Books in the mail! It always makes my day.

Kristi said...

I hope you enjoy your books. I haven't read any Tolkien...some day. :) Love the elephant figurine in the photo. Very cool!

Fairday Morrow said...

What a fantastic treat to receive in the mail! Wow! It is nice to get inspired in places you don't expect. Happy reading.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you back.


Shaz said...

Don't you just love to get a package of goodies. Always a pleasure to see how others display their books. Love the elephant too.

Enbrethiliel said...


Barbara -- I know just what you mean! Thanks for visiting. =)

Kristi -- He's adorable, isn't he? I should give him a name . . .

Jess -- Thanks. I like your blog. =)

Shaz -- I hope you won't feel let down when I say that's not how I usually shelve my books. I just needed a nice way to display these five for the photograph. =P That's an antique cabinet my grandparents got in South Korea and a vase and elephant they got from travels elsewhere (I can't remember!), but they only doubled as a set and props for my books for five minutes. LOL!

Shaz said...

Well let me congratulate you on your use of props! :)

And I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one whose normal book storage is functional rather than decorative.

Enbrethiliel said...


Given how many books and how little space I have, I must be functional! =) My mother took the family's digital camera to Thailand for the week, but I'll put up a picture of my real shelves for you when she gets back.

By the way, when my sister saw that picture of my books on the cabinet, she exclaimed, "That is so fake! Our house doesn't look like that!" LOL!

Shaz said...

Hey, I'll show you mine if you show me yours. :D

We should have a linkup where we reveal the true state of our shelves.

Cayce said...

Great mailbox! I love Tolkien, too. :) Happy reading!

Enbrethiliel said...


Thanks, Cayce! =)