The Fall of Numenor, by J.R.R.Tolkien

Staff Pick

Tolkien's The Fall of Numenor might be the spiritual successor to the appendices in The Return of the King that I marveled over as a teenager, absorbing the epic's deeper history through shards of stories, annals of kings, and the chronology of a hinted past. Edited by Brian Sibley, this volume assembles various pieces from the later works of Middle Earth history into a masterful account of the Second Age, and beautifully pairs Tolkien's prose with extensive maps and illustrations by Alan Lee, the long-time official Tolkien artist. This is an excellent companion to the televised Rings of Power--and the perfect gift for all Tolkien nerds.


 

 

 

The Fall of Númenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-earth By J. R. R. Tolkien Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780063280687
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Published: William Morrow - November 15th, 2022

Saga Volume 1, by Brian K. Vaughan

Staff Pick

Saga' s creators describe it as Star Wars from the point of view of non-combatants. The story of Marko, Alana, and their daughter Hazel is a vision deeply subversive of war and violence. The parents, two soldiers on opposing sides, meet cute in a prison camp by bonding over a shared love for a pacifist novel, and their child is an alternative path marked out for destruction.In their quest to elude their enemies the family traverses the galaxy in a rocket-ship tree, picks up a hitchhiking ghost, befriends an eccentric author, and confronts the limits of their own morals in protecting their daughter. This epic space opera is a treatise on the true costs of violence, the importance of family, the unseen repercussions of our actions, and the fundamental desire to find peace. Reader be warned (but also intrigued): this is a mature book that includes graphic violence, abundant sex, deep loss, human trafficking, and the tremendous toll proxy wars extract from our humanity. But ultimately this is a story about hope! This book is hilarious, gut-punch tragic, complex, enthralling, and one of the best-drawn comics of all time. Plus, it's now appearing in monthly installments after a three-year hiatus. This is the time to dive in! 

 

 

Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Artist) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607066019
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012