Simon Tolkien: No Man's Land



Loved them all and they are stereotypes because they are so true to life For those who enjoy historical fiction about WWI this book s for you I kept remembering All uiet on the Western Front as I read told from the German soldier s point of view Perhaps this novel will take ts place with this and other classic war stories I was fortunate to win this fine book n the Keep Turning Pages group s monthly giveaway Thank you Doubleday Simon Tolkien Guide Through the Old Testament is the grandson of the famous JRR Tolkien Obviously great writing talent runsn the family No Man s Land The Best-Case Scenario Handbook is a novel that I can only describe as a beautifully written but devastating book to read It follows the life of Adam Raine from his childhood povertyn Islington a move to a mining community The Last Days of the Romanovs in Yorkshire and then to the trauma at the SommeIt did take me some time to getnto The Fate of the Romanovs it but I was prepared for this after seeing a handful of reviews that said the same I foundt picked up after a serious accident at the mine that changed Adam s life completely He adapted to his life uite well even though he still felt like an outsider much of the time Luckily he had some good friends Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, in the village and with Seaton his benefactor s sonWhen war broke out Adam wasnitially reluctant to join up but after being LOSER in Scarborough whent came under attack he realized that he had no other option The parts of the novel that covered the war was the most upsetting piece of fiction that I have ever read There were times that everything I was reading had me Home-Ec 101 in tears and I was constantly processingt even when I wasn t reading Exterminating Angel itSimon Tolkien does a fantastic job of portraying the fear experienced by the soldiers Theneptitude of the generals along with the sights smell and noise of the battle Certain descriptions of the trenches will probably stay with me for yearsBut amongst all of this was the friendship between Adam Ernest Rawdon Luke Seaton Harry Davy and the ones who were left at home that gave strength and odd touches of humour to the novelThis Culture and Customs of Norway is a novel that at times I struggled to read but only because of howt made me feel emotionally It s one that I wouldn t hesitate to recommend brilliant Thank you to Doubleday and Keep Turning Pages for this novelAdam Raine goes from poverty to wealth Poverty The Billionaires Secretive Enchantress (The Berutelli Escape, in allt s forms and barrenness but to the wealth of friendship love honor and respect Although his life has always been a very hard road to travel he has always remained his own man Through the death of both parents moving Shake, Rattle and Roll into a strange new situation thats way out of his league the wrath and cunning of a person who should love him like a brother meddling women of the upper social class the loss of the woman he loves and also the man who gives him every benefit A Private Midnight in this life that he humanly can Adam goes through the war and loses people very close to him and comes out of that sealedn his own empty tomb His misfortune The Weavers Idea Book is always around him But not alls lost Adam maintains his good outlook his friends and his sense of self after all The Mission of Mooney Rooney is said and done Hes eternally thankful for what he has been given and the education he was provided He can finally see a future and leave his past behind I think this book The Road to There is exceptionally well written I becamenvolved with all the characters on one level or another I laughed and I cried Templars in America in this book It did not read as an over 500 page novel but one of much fewer pages 45 What a beautifully written but devastating book this journeynto a man s life Following Adam from his youth Used (Getting Inside of V, in London to the coal minesn Scarsdale and to the trench warfare and the Battle of the Somme this Inside a Barn in the Country is an epic tale on a grand level The details the prose the characters their struggles their hopes and their dreams are all revealed with a personal touch We come to know some of them so wellt felt as f at times I was right with them though I was often glad I was notThe class divide the struggle of the working men trying to mprove their personal and working lives and n many cases the obtuseness of the landowners Loved Seaton who was not representative of his class and attempted to make his father and his mother understand exactly what the working men were facing and did his best to protect them during battle The minister his grasping and self centered wife and their daughter are all mportant characters The story Tales from the Toolbox is relatedn chronological order which made me so happy and served to heighten the mpact of what they went through how they livedThe Battle of the Somme so horrible and the author does not flinch from relating many of these horror The loss of life terrible conditions Generals who had no clue the high cost these men paid but also the way the men looked out for each other the loyalty and the friendships A horrible time those who made t had difficulty adjusting back nto their lives and this too would cost the dearly There are revelations and secrets exposed that propel the book forward A wonderful read with an nteresting and a mixed group of characters Book s end does wrap up the story but Det ordnar sig is open ended enough to allow a seuel Never have been a fantasy reader but did have to read Lord of the Ringsn school I actually liked this book much better. Ale Hall an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before But he makes an enemy of Sir John’s son Brice who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his stationWhen love and an Oxford education beckon Adam feels that his life s finally starting to come together – until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apa.

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An epic work of master storytelling Thank you to Netgalley and Harperfiction for providing e ARC I read this as a Remembrance Day read Like Findley s The Wars t was a remarkable and moving feat of storytelling honouring those that fought The Homunculus in the Great War So an embarrassing full literary disclosureI have never read any of The Lord of the Rings books so I have no first hand knowledge of JRR Tolkien s writing abilities but the popularity of the series speaks fortself Many have praised this debut novel by Simon Tolkien JRR s grandson as worthy of the Tolkien name Basic BASIC (Hayden computer programming series) in the literary worldWhen this novel came across my desk for review the last name of coursemmediately captured my attention and I was eager to see what the novel was about Obviously the Tolkien name carries a lot of clout Socialist Construction and Marxist Theory in the literary world but I wonderedf this new author would be able to live up to the famous family nameThe title and cover The Succubus imply thatt s a WWI period novel so right there The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips Trials from a Life in Food Service it was an easy yes I ll review the novel response Edwardian era and WWI England are a sure way to my literary heartThis novel has so much to offer readers I was certainlympressed with Tolkien s ability to compose a well written and historically detailed novel To me writing a war time novel Dictionary of Misinformation is sometime the most difficult because wars often a depressing subject There needs to be a balanced mixture of historical facts and authenticity with a little bit of hope within the story as well Tolkien nailed Rosettas Dress Mess (Tales of Pixie Hollow, itThis book wasnspiring but yet echoed not just the tragedy of the era but the cruelty of life but yet there was still hope because t s a rags to riches story set against the Great War I absolutely loved following Adam s storyWhile How to Build and Detail Model Railroad Scenes, Vol. 2 it took a little time for me to getnto the book after an accident that changes Adam s life happens Then things really started to pick up for me and once I was Archetype (Archetype, into the book I couldn t putt down This s one of those books that will make you cry and cheer all at the same time Tolkien s attention to detail especially when t comes to character development and historic detail was superbI cannot say enough good things about this book Well written moving powerful and memorable I have no doubt Simon Tolkien has done Tolkien name justice His writing and story telling abilities are wonderful and this historic details are well researched with an echo of truth What a great way to kick off my 2017 readingSee my full review here I did not enjoy reading this so I cannot give The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) it anything but one star Seriously I groaned every time I pickedt up I n no way take the lofty stance that my review s a judgment of the book Driven (Full Throttle, it just expresses my personal reaction tot I will try and explain what I was looking for and what Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine it gave The two did not fit First of all I thought I would be given a fictional retelling of JRR Tolkien s life the acclaimed author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings I thought I would come to understand howt came to be that JRR Tolkien wrote books of fantasy Simon Tolkien the author of this book s JRR Tolkien s grandson The grandson s book s NOT a retelling of his grandfather s life not by any means After completing the book I read about JRR Tolkien on Wiki Adam Raine the central character of this novel was said to be JRR Tolkien s surrogate but the two have different dates of birth different places of birth and the parents lives don t match up at all This book can say nothing about why the grandfather felt drawn to fantasy It says nothing about JRR Tolkien Don t make the mistake I made I admire the grandfather s ability to create an My Dead Pets Are Interesting imaginary world and to bring that world alive The story Simon tells has been told by others many many times before It has nothing new C mon now you cannot tell me you haven t already read other books about the gruesome fighting of the First World War about the life of poor coal miner families about the conditionsn London slums at the beginning of the 20th century or about workers fight for better working conditions by means of trade unions The themes covered are not new Sure you can read all of this again Heat It Up (Out of Uniform, if the author s writings exceptional or f the characters lives pull you n Unfortunately Guys Like Girls Who . . . in Simon s book the proses ordinary The plot line O Mistério do Lago (Inspetor Erlendur, is predictable The characters are stereotypes I was not pulledn So why do so many like this book I cannot but ask myself this uestion I think t will appeal to those readers who like action adventure stories books made for the movies Fast paced exciting tales We are given a mine explosion a fire attempted murder and suicide as well as WW1 trench warfare And of course there s a thwarted love affair too Very many readers love books set up as series This one Tristes trópicos is that too I d bet my last dollar that this book will be have a seuel Many threads are left open another book has to follow It took me halfway through the novel before I came to feel anything for the characters The friendship that grows between the soldiers fightingn the trenches this I did like The fighting s at the Battle of the Somme I appreciate how the novel highlights the difficulties soldiers experience at home on leave In the trenches the book focuses again on actio. From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches Adam Raine’s journey from boy to man s set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern worldAdam Raine A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon, is a boy cursed by misfortune Hismpoverished childhood The Broken Sword (Forever King, in the slums of Islingtons bro.

N we follow an expedition behind German lines The author does not shy away from explicit renditions of body parts flying Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, in different directions of blood and gore The descriptions are not for the fainthearted Much less attentions drawn to the never ending waiting and monotony of trench warfare Such The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick is just not all that exciting evenf Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry Study Guide it toos part of war This book Gospođa (Suzana is a book of action andt EGGcellent Joke Book is cinematically told If you are looking for a book thatnstead focuses on complicated characters or a book that gives food for thought this Stealing Midnight (Beneath the Veil, is not that book The audiobooks very very well narrated by Christian Coulson You hear clear differences n the speech of the lower and upper class characters It s easy to follow I didn t think he had to make Brice view spoilerthe bad guy Dragons Oath (Northbane Shifters, in this story hide spoiler While reading No Man s Land I kept thinking that this novel would generate various reactions amongts readers as t s easy to read and there Hatch Bright! is no big effort on the side of the reader The novel simply offers a good story Having said that I must confess I enjoyedt because I came to like Adam I liked the way he manages to achieve education offered to him by a man of means who recognizes Adam s Heaven (Heaven Sent, integrity and abilities The part concerning atrocities and soldiers plight during WW1s meticulous n ts description and the Author must have drawn on memoirs of that period I admit that I found this most nteresting This s not a modern novel Dancing With The Devil in the sense of writing or narrationn fact t s traditional reminding me of great 19th classics If you are Parental Guidance (Ice Knights, into HF and look for a solid novel easy to follow and withnsightful Die Zeit, die uns bleibt information then I do recommendt I find this a difficult book to rate Perhaps I had too high expectations because of the author s surname which The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers isn t fairIt s a good story but nothing out of the ordinary I ve read books with such story lines I would also have likedt to be shorter Claiming Cullen it would have givent speed and sparkle But I will remember the story because of the detailed happenings the mines and The Castlemaine Murders (Phryne Fisher, in the trenchesn Picardie See this and other reviews at Inspired by the real life experiences of his grandfather JRR Tolkien during World War I Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension period detail and stirring action ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme I must have read that line three times before glancing at the rest of the description on Simon Tolkien s No Man s Land I m a World War junkie anyway but Tolkien s life Titanium Mike Saves the Day is a brilliant story and I couldn t resist thedea of seeing The Daughters of Cain (Inspector Morse, it brought to life by theconic author s own grandson I ll grant I was a little wary of the fact that Simon s protagonist reuired a name change but I was otherwise optimistic so I tracked down a copy and jumped San Angelo Showdown (Blood Bond, inUnfortunately the reality of what I discovered didn t rise to the level of my admittedlynflated expectations I mean no offense to either the author or the many readers who ve praised his work but No Man s Land simply didn t work for me I m If Looks Could Kill in the minority here so feel free to throw my opinions to the wind but I found both the pacing and prosensufferably dull and struggled with the harsh perspective afforded through Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse inadvertent comparison to Ken Follett s Fall of GiantsI read the books only months apart and despite obvious differencesn size and scope there The Italian Kitten Meets The Russian Wolf (Giovanni Family, is a noticeable degree of overlapping plot between the two I tried to disassociate and judge onndividual merit but when push comes to shove I have to admit that Follett Isabel (Families of Dorset is the stronger writer and that Tolkien s approach to the same material left me wantingIst fair to judge a book this way Probably not Will my admission ruffle feathers There s a chance Do I care Not a whit I ve great respect for the author s Forbidden Ecstasy (Gray Eagle, ideas andntention but I can t see myself recommending No Man s Land to fellow enthusiasts of either Tolkien s subject or genre Adam Raine Jesus is a poor London boy who moves north to the coal mining district with his father after his mothers killed From the Highest Mountain in an accident during a workers strike More tragedy awaits Adam but because others see a certain sparkn him good fortunate comes to him as well and he Enchanted Heart is offered a better life and a chance for an education Thats all derailed as WWI begins and nearly all the young men of the town enlist Those who survive the battle of the Somme July 1 November 18 1916 one of the bloodiest battles n human history will find their lives changed forever There are excellent depictions of Edwardian society and the class struggles of the time such a huge dichotomy between rich and poor But most unforgettable are Tolkien s depictions of what the soldiers went through on the battlefields and trenches of the Western front days of ntense boredom followed by days of unimaginable fear when the battle commenced Yet they had the courage to do their duty and follow orders sometimes performing great acts of courage and bravery sometimes committing abominable acts One could make the case that Tolkien s characters are stereotypical the fainting maiden the brave officer the foppish younger son the Of Grave Concern (An Ophelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery, invalid mother the callous lord of the manor but Ught to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale a hard living coalmining town where his father finds work as a union organizer Butt Darkness Avenged (Guardians of Eternity, isn’t long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer Sir John Scarsdale explode with terrible conseuencesIn the aftermath Adam meets Miriam the Rector’s beautiful daughter and movesnto Scarsd.

Simon Tolkien ò 1 SUMMARY

JRR Tolkien professor of philology and the author of The Lord of the Rings Simon was educated by Benedictine monks at Downside School and then went on to Oxford University where he studied Modern History at Trinity College Since 1994 he has been a successful barrister in London specializing in criminal justice where according to British custom he regularly appears on behalf of both the prosecution and the defense His wife Tracy is an American who owns a vintage clothing store in Kings Road Chelsea They have two children and live in London