(01-04-2013, 08:28 PM)Octo Wrote: Oh well some women found them quite compelling. I read everything by Tolkien. Even some really obscure stuff. He was actually inspired to write something epic after reading the Finnish national epic Kalevala (in Finnish ) and it sure as hell worked in my opinion.
lol, yes there's many female fans...I apologise!!! I'll have to check out that Kalevala if there is an english translation. My favourite period of literature is the Jacobean/Romantic era. Many of the great British writers found inspiration throughout their travels across Europe. John Keats in particular produced some astonishing work. In fact he actually died at the age of 26 in Italy but is still regarded as one of our finest writers.
I also love the Beat generation. Some truly great writers born out of a love to travel and observe...Ginsberg, Kerouac, Wolf, Burroughs, Kesey.....
Also love the American short story form popularised by Hemmingway
I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?