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February 3rd, 2014
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What are your most-reread books?
I've been trying to think what I have reread the most times.

I am not 100% sure -- I don't keep records -- but it's probably something like (& I'm bundling sequels in here):

[1] The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
[2] The Dark Side of the Sun, Terry Pratchett
[3] Strata, Pratchett
[4] The Colour of Magic, Pratchett
[5] Red / Green / Blue Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson (would be higher but for their length)
[6] Chaga, Ian McDonald
[7] Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Pratchett
[8] Blood Sucking Fiends, Christopher Moore
[9] Riotous Assembly, Tom Sharpe
[10] Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig

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From:makyo
Date:February 3rd, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Of these, I've read 1-4 and 7 a few times each, and 5a (Red Mars) and 10 once.

Offhand, I've also read the first three Earthsea books (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore) a good few times too - they're among my favourite books. Also, Dune several times, but not really the sequels (Dune Messiah twice, Children of Dune once, and the first chapter of God Emperor of Dune once). I've also read several of Diana Wynne Jones' books multiple times, most recently the seven Chrestomanci books.

I've also reread The Belgariad several times over the years, although not because I feel it has any particular literary merit. I read it a few times when was about twelve, because it's the sort of thing one reads when one is about that age, then once during my "finals" when I needed something unchallenging but diverting to do in breaks between revising, and once more a few years ago when I had 'flu and spent a week lying on the sofa, aching quietly. I might not get around to reading it again any time soon.
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From:lproven
Date:February 6th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
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I only really enjoyed the first Earthsea book, not the later ones as much. Never reread any of them.

I've read all of Dune twice, I think. Maybe 3 times. Perhaps it should rank higher. LOTR definitely should - I've read it 5 times. That was an omission.

Never really got into DWJ.

The Belgariad?! :¬o I read the whole first 2 series in my early teens, and quite enjoyed 'em, but even then, I thought they were a bit pulpish...
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From:w00hoo
Date:April 30th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I also read the Belgariad in my teens and can remember it as one of the few book series where I was actively watching the book shop for the next one to come out (I think I 'found' it around three books in). I vaguely remember starting the second series (The Mallorian? Can't be asked to google it) and not finishing, I got two or three books in and then couldn't remember anything about them, or how many I'd read (a bit like watching the Harry Potter films).
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From:nelc
Date:February 3rd, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I can say definitively. I suspect it might be one of the few SF books in my local library children's section when I was a child, probably a Heinlein juvenile. Maybe Have Spacesuit, Will Travel? In my adult life only, it might well be Banks' The Player of Games.

In no particular order, and prompted only by my leaky memory and what I can see looking around the shelves: Have Spacesuit, Will Travel; Starship Troopers; The Forever War; Lord of Light; The Player of Games; Use of Weapons; The Earthsea Trilogy; The Stars My Destination, The Left Hand of Darkness. I feel like I should put a Terry Pratchett in, but the sheer quantity of his books means that while I've read a lot of his words, I can't really say which particular subset I've re-read the most.
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From:lproven
Date:February 6th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Whereas I've read all of them and about half of those I absolutely love, none are on the reread list particularly. Odd.
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From:del_c
Date:February 3rd, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
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I tend to favour later Pratchett than that for re-reads, like Night Watch and Going Postal.
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From:lproven
Date:February 6th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
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I still hugely rate later Pratchett, but his early SF is my favourite stuff, and only the first Discworld book -- and to a very limited degree, the 2nd -- have quite the density of humour, parody and genre reference that I really enjoy. I also have a lot of time for /Small Gods/, /Pyramids/ and /Witches Abroad/ - they're my favourite later DW books by far.

But as he matured as a novelist, and the later books are definitely better novels, they're less funny.
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From:a_cubed
Date:February 4th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
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I coudn't tell you which ones I've re-read more than others, but the ones I re-read regularly:
C. J. Cherryh's Cyteen (and these days I re-read Regenesis when I re-read Cyteen)
Lord of Light (probably my most re-read - I've given perhaps twenty copies of this to people over the years,including a copy of the Japanese translation to $MOTHER-IN-LAW)
Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series - I tend to re-read the whole sequence with each new book
The Atrocity Archvies et seq. I have a tendency to read these when feeling ill or low - strange, given their dark aspects.
Bridge of Birds et seq by Barry Hughart. Another lot to read when feeling out of sorts. Much more obviouscomfort reading, I think.
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From:lproven
Date:February 6th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Coo... /Cyteen/ *might* have been the book that stopped me reading Cherryh. One of the fatter ones just bored me to tears -- it was like DS9, soap in spaaaaace, and I couldn't be bothered to finish it and just never went back. Might've been /Downbelow Station./ I really ought to give her stuff another go.

LOL is great, but I think twice was enough.

And Charlie's stuff, oddly, I don't reread - or at least, not yet I don't.

I've never even heard of Barry Hughart or Jim Butcher, I'm afraid!
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From:a_cubed
Date:February 6th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
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I remember having Barry Hughart pushed heavily at me back at a Unicon (possibly Mabinogicon) and as often happens I avoided it because of the overly gushing nature of the recommendation. Bridge of Birds is very well-done fantasy detective in mythical China. If you like lighthearted fantasy detective, you'll enjoy it. Othereise, it's probably not for you.
I like all of Cherryh's Alliance/Union universe novels so I can't say whether you'd like Cyteen (it's set on a planet, not a space station, so isn't the one you bounced off).
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From:w00hoo
Date:April 30th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
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LotR a few times, although not recently. Niven Known Space stuff got a lot of rereads, especially the Neutron Star anthology (with the Pearsons Puppeteer on the cover). While I've not reread much of late, that almost definitely tops the list. The Neuromancer trilogy and Burning Chrome, although none of Gibsons later stuff (and I think I'm probably a couple behind on having read them at all). Geta by Donald Kingsbury (which I had to google for the author and was apparently called 'Courtship Ritual' outside of the UK) which I just really liked and kept going back to.

Although, to be honest, I can't remember which of those I've read in the last decade. Probably shorts from Burning Chrome or Niven.
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