DrinkMoxie wrote:yeah, the Silmarilion is hard to read because of the nature of it being an anthology of history and isoften very dry
All of the elvish names get confusing after a while
Yeah, I remember trying to tackle that one. I can't remember how I got sidetracked, but it's true, the names can be difficult. I had the same problem with Romance of the Three Kingdoms. All those one-syllable names, like Wei Yuan, Cao Cao, Lieu Bei, etc. just seemed to mesh together, especially with characters who shared a first or last name. I guess names are a big problem for me in books with lots of characters. Thank goodness for Dyansty Warriors.
Right now, I started reading a book called Ming. It was definitely set in traditional China, and I was looking to learn more about China, so I bought it. It turned out to be a basic romance with questionable history. I also got Journey to the West on Amazon.com, but I forgot to see where it was coming from. It turns out it won't be arriving until early November.