In high school, my inner geek was best summed up by Star Wars, Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons and J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien held me in a way that continually had me reading his trilogy through out high school. I remember after reading the Silmarillion picking up "Lost Tales" and being ultimately let down. I loved Tolkien, but I was not ready to read what was essentially his notes on various stories. Nor, have I ever felt compelled to purchase any of the other books that his son Christopher has published in the past two decades detailing the history of the writing of Lord of the Rings.
But, this week, there is a new book. It is more akin to the Silmarillion in that Christopher takes on the editing role, on John gets the full authorship title. The book is "Children of Hurin" and is being billed as the first complete Tolkien story since the Silmarillion.