Just found out that there is a "legal" Spanish print edition to this almost mythical book of LotR-fandom, and promptly snatched it on Amazon. Not going to argue about copyright problems here - "The Iron Tower", this is not, and the Tolkien estate should be compensated for their intellectual property being used in such a way. - At the same time, this book seems to be pretty brilliant, and so I don't want to miss out on it, either, because of some more or less justified legal mumbo-jumbo.
- Will report how it reads; not from snippets from the PDF, but how the book feels after I've read it completely.
Going back to this one, after a while. The book, after all, is legally available in Spanish; that's how I got my copy.
Anyone else read the novel? It's a bit bland, but it's also surprisingly witty in its approach to Tolkien: Other recent Tolkien-inspired writers (Stan Niccholls, for example) did not do as interesting a job as Eskov did.
In that case, I'm familiar with the concept/synopsis but haven't yet had the pleasure to read it. I've been meaning to on and off for about 20 years now but somehow at the last moment I click "add to cart" on something else. You'll have to let us know your thoughts if you consider it worth reading.
"Beyond the reach of human range, A drop of hell, a touch of strange."
Overall, it's certainly "unambitious" writing, with the thrill of the text certainly stemming from the taboo-breaking, of sorts. I found it pretty entertaining, though, because it remains so original: It's not a deconstruction of Tolkien, it's a commentary, and it's occasionally quite witty. Not to crap on writers like Stan Nicholls and Dennis McKiernan (both who I greatly appreciate), but this one is one of a kind.