November 30, 2004

Books that I've read twice

I'll take the bait from Hugh. What follows is probably an incomplete list, but it may give you some insight into how my mind works. Be afraid; very afraid.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy have both ranked high on my re-read list since I first muddled through them at the age of 8. I never go more than 3-4 years without reading them both. I believe that I've read about Bilbo's adventure 15 times and about the One Ring 13 times. I've read The Silmarillion much less often, say around 5 times.

Stephen Donaldson makes my list with the original Thomas Covenant trilogy, which I've read about 8 times over the last 25 years. I'll be wading through the Second Chronicles for the 2nd time so that I'll be prepared for the third trilogy.

I enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy immensely. Great humor combined with science fiction makes an unbeatable combination. Just a guess, but I've probably read that novel 5 times.

Starship Troopers also makes the list. One of Heinlein's best efforts. It's a pity that the movie was so wretched. Oh well.

On to Stephen King. Salem's Lot has passed before my eyes three times, while I've waded through The Stand twice.

The Narnia and Perelandra series by C.S. Lewis also make the list. I've read each of them at least 3 times.

Ive read Catch 22 twice. So far.

Hmm. I'm certain that I've forgotten a couple of books, but the list above comprises a majority of books that I've read multiple times. Funny how fantasy and science fiction make the list so often.

Update: I just remembered one more: Mila 18, a classic by Leon Uris.

Posted by: Physics Geek at 07:50 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 With the Stand, was it the 800 or 1200 page version? Personally, I prefer the long version. The short one just seems to have gaps in it.

Posted by: Harvey at December 01, 2004 04:44 PM (tJfh1)

2 Truly, I couldn't tell much difference. Kind of let me know that editors do a necessary job.

Posted by: physics geek at December 01, 2004 08:27 PM (Xvrs7)

3 You might want to check out the original Conan books by Howard. They are a fun fast read. It looks like they just republished them in a set of books. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345461517/qid=1102096713/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/104-5041623-1575162

Posted by: Ryan at December 03, 2004 06:01 PM (0GONp)

4 read " mote in gods eye" best science fiction book since dune.

Posted by: john petko at December 04, 2004 08:15 PM (2VWWg)

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