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TSS: Fatty-fat novels and a re-read-a-thon!

April 17, 2011

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all!

I’ve decided that I’m going to spend the next month plowing through some of the chunksters in my life, and on my TBR pile. I’ve got a backlog of reviews built up from the read-a-thon (only two left until I’m caught up), so I can read some of the giant, fatty-fat novels that I ostensibly love but have recently been shying away from without having to worry that it’s keeping me from posting.

I’m also planning to couple this with some re-reading, since all of the books I currently need to re-read are also chunksters. I used to re-read books all the time – all the time – but as Ye Olde TBR(e) Pile grew, the amount of re-reading that I did shrunk correspondingly. But I’ve got a memory like a sieve, so I can re-read books and still have them be like new – especially if I’ve only read them once before.

That’s not the case with the re-read I just finished; I’ve read Anne Rice’s The Mummy, or, Ramses the Damned so many times I can’t even count, but that number’s now n + 1. But the other three re-reads are all of books that I’ve only read once each, and that all have sequels that are either recently or soon-to-be published, and so I feel the need to refresh my leaky memory.

I read the first four Earth’s Children books over and over again when I was younger (possibly too young), but I only read The Shelters of Stone once, in 2003, and I remember very little about it, other than that I didn’t like it quite as much as the previous installments, there was a huge cast I had problems keeping straight, less raunchy sex than some of the other ones, and I’m pretty sure Ayla invents religious tolerance.

I read my way through the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2006, but a friend who’s currently reading them for the first time was talking about them, and I realized that while several individual scenes have stayed with me, a lot of the details have completely fled my mind… which is problematic in such a complex and detailed world as Martin’s. I’ll probably re-read the whole series before picking up the new book, but at the very least I want to re-read the first one before I start watching the show.

This one’s kind of embarrassing. It was not that long ago at all that I read The Name of the Wind – less than three years, in fact. Well after the point at which I started including summaries with my reviews, as a means of helping myself remember plot points longer. And then a friend sent me to this summary-of-NotW-via-cartoon on Patrick Rothfuss’s blog… and I read it, and realized that pretty much none of it sounded familiar. And I’d really like to be up to speed before I dive into the big pretty hardcover of Wise Man’s Fear that I got for my birthday.

What about you, readers? What re-reads do you have on your horizon?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2011 4:40 pm

    I’m re-reading A Game of Thrones right now and counting down the hours until the premiere tonight! I also plan to re-read the rest of A Song of Ice and Fire before Dance comes out.

    I considered re-reading The Name of the Wind, but I think I’ll be okay just diving into Wise Man’s Fear. The Wikipedia summary and that cartoon jogged my memory just enough.

    • April 22, 2011 9:27 am

      Laura – I was actually planning on waiting on re-reading Name of the Wind and reading Wise Man’s Fear until the third book was out, or close to out, but then I got a that nice pretty hardback copy of Wise Man’s Fear for my birthday, and I can’t bring myself to wait.

  2. April 17, 2011 5:40 pm

    Re-read-a-thons are so much fun! I had one last April, and it was my best reading month ever. I read nothing bad, or even so-so, all month. Whee!

    I plan to reread quite a bit once I’m back in Canada and have my personal library to poke through. I want to go back over THE SANDMAN, two of Sarah Waters’s novels (FINGERSMITH and TIPPING THE VELVET, which are, alas, the only two I genuinely like), both Ann-Marie MacDonald’s books, all Robin Hobb’s books, all my recently-un-reread Guy Gavriel Kays, NEVERWHERE, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Harry Potter series, Elfquest… the list goes on and on. I miss my own books, dammit!

    I’ll launch this massive reread project with Sarah Monette’s Doctrine of Labyrinths series near the end of this month. I brought them with me to New Zealand because they’re my favouritest books ever and I reread them ever April. This’ll be my fourth time through.

    • April 22, 2011 9:28 am

      Memory – Ohhh, I’d definitely like to re-read The Sandman – and I should do that sooner rather than later, so that I can remember the details and see how they tie together, instead of starting from scratch.

      I have Melusine on my TBR pile, and I’ve been meaning to start it… it’ll have to wait until May, though.

  3. Lorena permalink
    April 17, 2011 6:19 pm

    At this moment I’m trying to re-read Game of Thrones at my pace, but there is so much to read that I feel overwhelmed and well, with the show I won’t be anxious waiting for Dance.

    There’s also one I would like to re-read, this time in English. I think it will go ok since it’s Harry Potter and I already know the plot, but I don’t feel at ease with the quotation marks yet.

    And the Name of the Wind! I’ve already re-read it three times in a year and I’ve download the Wise Man’s Fear in English and man, I’ve just lasted one chapter. That’s pretty sad since it’s just a three paragraph chapter.

    I would really appreciate if you could correct any of my faults, it may be a pain but it will help me a lot.

    Thanks!

    • April 22, 2011 9:31 am

      Lorena – I re-read Harry Potter pretty frequently (in English); I’ve read the first four in Spanish but stalled out part way through the fifth. I need to try again! It’s nice to have something so familiar as a means of getting into a foreign language, though!

  4. April 17, 2011 6:49 pm

    I asked my mother to send me a bunch of books from home, so I’m going to be doing some joyful rereading myself soon. Nice big fat ones: American Gods and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, for two, and then I want to go to the library and get The Poisonwood Bible. It’s been too long since I read The Poisonwood Bible.

    • April 22, 2011 9:32 am

      Jenny – Oh my goodness, me too! I re-read Prodigal Summer fairly frequently, but I don’t think I’ve reread The Poisonwood Bible since maybe 2003 or 2004. We should do that!

  5. April 17, 2011 7:06 pm

    I don’t have any plans for re-reads right now but I guess I’d better start reading Goerge R.R. Martin, what with all the hoopla over Game of Thrones…

    • April 22, 2011 9:33 am

      Gavin – It’s not for everybody, but if it’s your cup of tea, it’s a wonderfully addicting cup of tea. :)

  6. April 17, 2011 7:07 pm

    Oops, George…..

  7. April 17, 2011 9:34 pm

    I’m currently re-reading A Clash of Kings, and no I am not doing it because of the show. I’m doing it in preparation for the release of book 5; A Dance with Dragons, which as far as everybody knows is still scheduled to be July 12.

    • April 22, 2011 9:34 am

      Elfy – I definitely need to re-read the first four before I pick up Dance, but I also want to have the book fresh in my mind before I watch the show.

  8. April 17, 2011 11:30 pm

    I’m thinking of rereading Harry Potter via audiobook, but I would prefer the British audiobooks to the American ones. Hmm…

    • April 22, 2011 9:35 am

      Omni – I love the HP audiobooks, but I’ve never tried the British versions… Jim Dale is so much the voice of HP that I think it might be really disconcerting – but probably interesting – to switch.

  9. April 18, 2011 12:26 pm

    I think a re-read-a-thon is a great idea! I’ve already decided to dedicate the entire month of May to reading off of my tbr pile. There’s so many great-looking books that I keep ignoring for review copies and library books.

    I would love to re-read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. It’s such a small book that I should add it to the stack next month. Happy reading!

    • April 22, 2011 9:36 am

      Vasilly – My re-read-a-thon was partly prompted by the fact that I bought myself a new bookcase a month ago. Re-organizing my books reminded me how many awesome ones I have!

  10. April 20, 2011 8:27 am

    I need to reread more often, but I always feel guilty because my TBR pile is so big… It used to go down faster, but I don’t have room for my books here, so they are in storage and harder to get to, so I read less of them… So now I really feel guilty if I reread instead of read books for the first time… I think my anxiety will decrease once I have books at hand and my TBR pile goes down faster…

    • April 22, 2011 9:37 am

      Kailana – I have exactly the same problem, but I decided to at least temporarily ignore the guilt and just read the books I want to read.

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