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It’s a tool to be used judiciously, but I’ve always appreciated reviews written in the same style as the work under review. (I’ve done it twice myself, with Tom Paine’s The Pearl of Kuwait and James Ellroy’s Destination! Morgue.) And now, in the Guardian, John Crace does it — well, it’s theoretically a “digested read,” but it’s really a review — with J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Children of Húrin:

“Forsooth,” he swore. “Henceforth shall I remain a derivative Wagnerian hero and wander mindlessly through the realms of Middle-Earth on a quasi-symbolic quest and, Children of the Eldar, resolve only to talk in sentences of unspeakable leadenness, punctuated by manifold parentheses.”



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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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