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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
11 Oct 2010, 08:01 PM | Post: #11

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I am always rereading books. Some I regard as old friends and I'm always delighted to be reacquainted with them. The best book can be reread a dozen times and still yield something special. I've lost count of how many times I've read Jane Eyre and I think I'm on my 12th reading of Pratchett's Night Watch. I've been told off by family members for buying books on Kindle which we already have in our library. Books I have re-bought include The Hobbit, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy all Jane Austen etc. Perhaps we should have a counselling corner on the boards for compulsive re-buyers...
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12 Oct 2010, 01:18 AM | Post: #12

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(11 Oct 2010 08:01 PM)Daphne Wrote:  I am always rereading books. Some I regard as old friends and I'm always delighted to be reacquainted with them. The best book can be reread a dozen times and still yield something special. I've lost count of how many times I've read Jane Eyre and I think I'm on my 12th reading of Pratchett's Night Watch. I've been told off by family members for buying books on Kindle which we already have in our library. Books I have re-bought include The Hobbit, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy all Jane Austen etc. Perhaps we should have a counselling corner on the boards for compulsive re-buyers...

You're right. We need a 12 step program. 12 ways to keep friends and family from finding out that we're rebuying. Angel
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I'll 'fess up...I've re-bought all Jane Austen and Mort by Terry Pratchett. Really having to control myself not to buy all the discworlds for the kindle. So silly as I have them all sat on the bookshelf anyway. Just can't resist!Undecided
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(09 Oct 2010 07:34 PM)licenced Wrote:  I never tend to re-read books - there's just so many new books to get through that, although I generally keep all my paperbacks from years past, I never think about going back to them.

However, I have two favourite books that I try to read every now and then:
- A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
- Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

The first is an awesomely impressive sci-fi space opera - I find Vinge's ideas and the way he expresses them to be brilliantly ahead of anything we have today, and yet he makes them easy to understand. A few of his books I love, but this was the first I read and I'll always have it at the top of the pile. If you like sci-fi then I would think you'll enjoy this book.

The second is only obliquely to do with maintaining a motorbike (I do ride one, but got into this book many years before I started) and not really about Zen. It's about a man's road trip across America with his son and how he copes with the thoughts and memories in his head as he goes, delving down into huge philosophical ideas, and, again, explaining them quite clearly. This book is part philosophy, part descriptive road-trip, partly a story of a man's struggle to maintain his relationships with his friends and family and also partly confession, all rolled into a few hundred pages.

Very different books, but I would recommend them to anyone.

I just went to Amazon to buy both, even though I own the paperbacks. Neither is currently available (in the UK at least, Vinge books are available on the US Kindle Store).

So, after a ramble, what this thread is about are those books that you love so much you often go back to - the ones you enjoy returning to so much that you've re-bought them for your Kindle (or would if you could), even though you have a copy already. Let us know what they are and why you return to them.

Dave

I think it is about time I re-read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It is a book that has always stayed in the back of mu mind and must have been read over twenty years ago so I will give it another go Kindle.

I have read the Len Deighton Game, set and Match trilogy he followed it up with Hook line sinker which i am going to get on Kindle but I might get the Match book as well just to remind me how it finished.

The Verner Vinge book is on my list as well.

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(12 Oct 2010 06:59 AM)snowdog99 Wrote:  I haven't yet re-bought any books, but having downloaded the free Winnie-the-Pooh I am seriously considering re-buying The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.

I haven't read the Winnie the Pooh poetry books in forever, but now I want them again. Sigh; off to Amazon to look them out.

Update: They are £4.74/ £4.98 - so I will put them on my wish list rather than impulse buy. I swear I had copies once, but they may have fallen apart over the years.
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(14 Oct 2010 06:11 PM)Ian Palmer Wrote:  I have read the Len Deighton Game, set and Match trilogy he followed it up with Hook line sinker which i am going to get on Kindle but I might get the Match book as well just to remind me how it finished.
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Did you know there's a third trilogy in the series? Faith, Hope and Charity.

This was such a great series, but since I had them in on omnibus hardback editions, I donated them. Just too heavy to read after the lightness of the Kindle. I don't know if I'll replace them or not. For now, the answer is not.

Good thing my answer was "not" because it's not available in the US. What's the price for the Kindle version over here?
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I started this thread by saying I went to Amazon to buy a Vernor Vinge book and that it was currently unavailable.

Well, good news and bad. Good is that it's just been released for Kindle (Zones of Thought by Vernor Vinge). Bad news is that they want close to £15 for the two books. That's more than the paperback, and by more than would be accounted for by VAT alone.

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The very first books I ordered after buying my Kindle were the Sherlock Holmes collection and Dracula - two of my all time favourite books but I've read them so much they're more like shredded paper than actual book. I'll probably end up replacing a lot of my Stephen King collection but I'm still quite addicted to seeing series books all lined up neatly on my book shelves.... {sigh}

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