11 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out for the rest of March

In the last book list, I mentioned that I was reading The Hobbit to my son. While I was reading that, I was personally reading another Tolkien-related book: Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth by film journalist Ian Nathan. The book is an extensive behind-the-scenes account of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and after reading it, I’m a little astounded that the resulting film trilogy was as good as it was.

The book draws on Nathan’s extensive interviews with Jackson, the cast, writers, and crew, which he covered while the films were in production. If you’re a fan of the trilogy, this is a really interesting look at just how complicated and daunting of a project it was — nothing like it had ever…

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