A few bookish finds from my internet travels:
First off, Mitra's Bookcase. I'm still trying to figure out if I like this or not. On one hand, it has a sort of hobbit-ish look that appeals to me. On the other hand, it has that slightly over-shellacked look that makes me think of those wall clocks that are made out of cross-sections of tree trunks.
(If you like those clocks, please don't be offended by my words. My mom likes them, too.)
I don't think you'd find this Fuckin Far from OK bookshelf in your average hobbit hole. Oh, maybe a few of the younger, more rebellious hobbits, when they're going through their tweens and listening to a lot of Morrissey (or his hobbity equivalent) and drinking a lot of hobbit ale.
Why am I finding it all too easy to picture some twentysomething guy hanging this shelf in his place and using it to showcase all his Kerouac and Hesse and Ginsberg and his treasured signed first edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?
The Thumbthing is pure genius. I bet it's really handy for reading porn. Even hobbit porn. Especially hobbit porn.
I dunno, I don't think you can get more hobbity than Morrissey.
I think my overarching problem with the first shelf unit is that it looks like it would be entirely too cozy with a [shudder] Hummel figurines collection. No offense to anyone who collects those things but they make my skin crawl.
The problem with the second one is that it just isn't that cool or interesting for all that is trying to be.
I've actually been contemplating the Thumbthing.
That Thumbthing is pretty awesome looking, I have to say.
Heh. "Morrissey... enjoyed by hobbits everywhere."
As for the Thumbthing, initially I thought to myself, "How stupid is that?" but now this gadget has started to grow on me. My biggest problem is that I read in bed and frequently fall asleep with a book in my hands. I can all too easily imagine half waking up, reaching up to brush hair out of my face, and skewering my eye.
Ouch! That sounds painful. I think given the choice I'd pick the Hobbit bookcase, but it is a little, I dunno, craggy.
I have that thumbthing and it is SO fabulous! I forget to use it a lot of the time but when I do my hand is much more comfortable holding a paperback than usual.
The thumbthing does look like a great idea.
I bought this thing at a recent book fair and love it so thought I should share.
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