The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a must read. For everyone. Even if you don't generally like "fantasy". Because this is not fantasy... this is art.
This book documents the creation of middle earth and the years leading up to the war of the rings (which is known Lord of the Rings Trilogy). The characters are so real, the stories amazingly engaging.
Be prepared to work for it, though. This is not written at the "popular" level, and if you read it as if it is at that level, you will be quickly lost and bored. This book requires you to really pay attention to what you are reading, and give it the time it deserves. I took nearly 2 weeks to read it, when I would normally read a book this size in a few days. And it is worth every minute.
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