Anyway, I wonder how many times I've now read this book. And LotR. And so on. Does it say something bad about me that I generally prefer re-reading old favourites to trying new books? Probably it does, but I can't help it.
Hmm. I'm also currently re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century by Tom Shippey. And I'm reading The Emperor and the Wolf, Stuart Galbraith's twin biography of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. And the new/improved translation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And of those three, I've only read the Shippey book before. So maybe I'm not completely stuck in a rut, stuck in a rut, stuck in a rut.
Maybe I just need to finish a book. :-)