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Old 11-17-2017, 08:24 PM   #631
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Bargain @ $1.99 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Mariner Books imprint in the US only (some HarperCollins imprint has the rights elsewhere; price should be the same at all the other US retailers):

The Road to Middle-Earth: Revised and Expanded Edition by retired literature professor and Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey (Wikipedia), his behind-the-scenes exploration and analysis of J. R. R. Tolkien's influences, literary achievements, etc. ETA: apparently this is not only notable enough to have its own Wikipedia entry, it turns out there's an actual Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies just for Tolkien stuff, which this won back in the original edition.

The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey’s classic work, now revised in paperback, explores J. R. R. Tolkien’s creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien’s professional background led him to write The Hobbit and how he created a timeless charm for millions of readers. Examining the foundation of Tolkien’s most popular work, The Lord of the Rings, Shippey also discusses the contribution of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien’s great myth cycle, showing how Tolkien’s more “difficult” books can be fully appreciated. He goes on to examine the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien’s son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes by which Middle-earth evolved.

A previous Tolkien studies bargain is also still $1.99 in the US: The History of the Hobbit: Mr Baggins and Return to Bag-End

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Bargain @ £0.99 in the UK only from HarperCollins (should be the same price at other UK retailers):

Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks by Christie scholar John Curran, an omnibus edition of two books examining her influences, methods, and works, the Anthony Award-winning Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making (Wikipedia) and Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making: Stories and Secrets from Her Archive.

This includes two previously unpublished Poirot stories, one unpublished Miss Marple short, and a look at some of her original manuscript endings. For comparison purposes, the individual volumes are priced at £2.99 & £3.99 and the omnibus edition is $29.99 CAD on this side of the pond, so this is very good value for money if you're at all interested in the behind-the-scenes of Christie's work or even just the three “new” stories.

Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks brings together for the first time Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making, two volumes that explore the fascinating contents of her 73 notebooks. This includes illustrations, deleted extracts, unused ideas, two unpublished Poirot stories and a lost Miss Marple. (many more details of contents in full blurb)

ETA: also @ £1.99 in the UK from HarperCollins, another Christie-related work:

The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie: A biographical companion to the works of Agatha Christie (Text Only) by Charles Osborne (Wikipedia) who was authorized to write the novel adaptations based on her plays.

As the title indicates, this version omits the rare photographs and other illustrations mentioned in the full blurb, and there doesn't seem to be any illustrated ebook version available. In any case, the text will probably be the main draw. $11.99 CAD, for comparison purposes.

A biographical companion to the works of Agatha Christie – revised and updated edition Agatha Christie was the author of over 100 plays, short story collections and novels which have been translated into 103 languages; she is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Many have tried to copy her but none has succeeded. Attempts to capture her personality on paper, to discover her motivations or the reasons for her popularity, have usually failed. Charles Osborne, a lifelong student of Agatha Christie, has approached this most private of persons above all through her books, and the result is a fascinating companion to her life and work. This ‘professional life’ of Agatha Christie provides authoritative information on each book’s provenance, on the work itself and on its contemporary critical reception set against the background of the major events in the author’s life.

ETA 2: and also, @ £1.49 in the UK from HarperCollins:

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot by Order of Canada-recipient Anne Hart (Wikipedia), a comprehensive companion to the famous Belgian detective in all his incarnations.

The definitive companion to the POIROT novels, films and TV appearances. ‘My name is Hercule Poirot and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.' The dapper, moustache-twirling little Belgian with the egg-shaped head, curious mannerisms and inordinate respect for his own 'little grey cells' has solved some of the most puzzling crimes of the century. Yet despite being familiar to millions, Poirot himself has remained an enigma – until now. From his first appearance in 1920 to his last in 1975, from country-house drawing-rooms to opium dens in Limehouse, from Mayfair to the Mediterranean, Anne Hart stalks the legendary sleuth, unveiling the mysteries that surround him. Sifting through 33 novels and 56 short stories, she examines his origins, tastes, relationships and peculiarities, revealing a character as fascinating as the books themselves.

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Sink 'Em All: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific by Charles A. Lockwood $0.99 Amazon

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Sink ’Em All, was originally published in 1951 by Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, the U.S. Navy commander of the Pacific submarine fleet during World War II.

Lockwood, in his leadership role, knew the skippers and crews of the submarines, and retells their wartime successes and tragedies with an intimacy and realism often missing in second-hand accounts.

Lockwood also recounts his efforts to improve the provisions and after-patrol accomodations of the submariners, and of his on-going struggle to improve the effectiveness of torpedoes and other tools vital to the war effort.

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Charles Andrews Lockwood (May 6, 1890 – June 7, 1967) was a vice-admiral and flag officer of the United States Navy. He is known in submarine history as the commander of Submarine Force Pacific Fleet during World War II. He devised tactics for the effective use of submarines, making the members and elements of "silent service" key players in the Pacific victory.
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