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Re: Fiction books you've read multiple times

Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:30 am

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tonkadtx wrote:Cormac McCarthy - The Road.

Stronger man than I...oi. That book ruined an entire vacation for me.
Very intense. It's like supersetting the NIN and Cash versions of "Hurt" and listening to them on continuous loop. "The Road", the movie, couldn't keep my attention 15 minutes into it. Perhaps I will give the film another shot.

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tonkadtx wrote: Stephen King - The Stand, It
....I've read both of those twice, too. Also "Thinner."

Along the lines of The Stand, I'll add Swan Song to my list of reread books, too.

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tonkadtx wrote:Cormac McCarthy - The Road.

Stronger man than I...oi. That book ruined an entire vacation for me.
Very intense. It's like supersetting the NIN and Cash versions of "Hurt" and listening to them on continuous loop. "The Road", the movie, couldn't keep my attention 15 minutes into it. Perhaps I will give the film another shot.

Oddly, it's the only one of his books with a "happy" ending.

As a new father when I read it it was just too close to the bone. Cormac is a national treasure, no fucking doubt.

PS...I'm totally gonna start that NIN/Cash superset every time I think of drinking more than 2 glasses of whiskey.
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tonkadtx wrote:Cormac McCarthy - The Road.

Stronger man than I...oi. That book ruined an entire vacation for me.
Very intense. It's like supersetting the NIN and Cash versions of "Hurt" and listening to them on continuous loop. "The Road", the movie, couldn't keep my attention 15 minutes into it. Perhaps I will give the film another shot.

Oddly, it's the only one of his books with a "happy" ending.

As a new father when I read it it was just too close to the bone. Cormac is a national treasure, no fucking doubt.

PS...I'm totally gonna start that NIN/Cash superset every time I think of drinking more than 2 glasses of whiskey.
Yes, The Road is most definitely a read that strikes a dad's nerve extra hard.

I have done the superset more than once, too. That'll either stop you at two, or bring you to the bottom of the bottle.

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Post by milosz » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:25 am

top of my head:
Frederick Exley, "A Fan's Notes"
Richard Yates, "Revolutionary Road"
Jim Thompson, "The Killer Inside Me"
Dashiell Hammett, "Red Harvest"
Leonard Gardner, "Fat City"
a variety of Hemingway and Raymond Chandler
Michael Chabon, "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" and "The Adventures of Kavalier and Klay"
Tim O'Brien, "Going After Cacciatto" and "The Things They Carried"
Tobias Wolff, "The Barracks Thief"
William Gibson, "Neuromancer" and the trilogy that starts with "Pattern Recognition"

Just now realizing how much more likely I am to re-read something than re-watch a movie.

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Post by tonkadtx » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:35 am

Stronger man than I...oi. That book ruined an entire vacation for me.
I think it's by far McCarthy's best book. The language is so masterfully crafted. It is also truly terrifying.

All the edgy bastards talk about "Blood Meridian", just to be edgy. Then you speak with them, and you can tell they have never actually read a McCarthy novel including Blood Meridian.

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Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:47 am

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Stronger man than I...oi. That book ruined an entire vacation for me.
The language is so masterfully crafted. It is also truly terrifying.
The weight he makes you feel knowing what he'll do to his son and for his son if it came down to it, is crushing.

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The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
Moby Dick
A Christmas Carol (Might Bob Cratchit be a stoic hero?)
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Post by Sangoma » Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:01 am

Now that the topic came up I realised that I mostly read non-fiction and professional stuff. Among the books that I re-read not too long ago

The Mansion by William Faulkner (difficult to get through, but well worth it. Simply monumental.)
Graham Greene - Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians
Books by Victor Pelevin (many available in English)
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Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:58 pm

Glen Cook.. The Black Company series
Tim Willocks... The Tannhauser books... The Religion and Twelve Children of Paris... These two books are are of particular interest to this crowd, as they are both based in history, and bloodthirsty.

Gibsons Neuromancer, and his 'Red Star, Winter Orbit' short story, first hasn't aged as well but the second has gotten even better imo

Joe Lansdale Hap and Leonard. Don't let the slow start deter you... Savage Season, the first book, is almost a different type of book than the rest

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Post by JohnDoe » Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:03 pm

JRR Tolkien: Lord of the Rings- all of them and everything else that goes along.
David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest- twice, but no more, too long
Mark Helperin: Winter's Tale- twice and a third in the next couple of years.
Douglas Adams: HItchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Genlty's Holistic Detective Agency, Long Dark Teatime of the Soul

A few Lee Child and Tony Hillerman books, but by accident, since I'd forgotten the plot until halfway through.

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Post by Holland Oates » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:55 pm

bennyonesix wrote:
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Dune
Lonesome Dove
Black Company
Wild Cards 1-4
Necroscope 1-3
Too many Terry Pratchett Discworld books to list
Good Omens Pratchett/Gaiman
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Only read the Black Company series once but it is the shit. Especially book one.
Yeah first one is the one I've reread numerous times. It's a strong book.
JimZipCode wrote:Oh yeah, I've re-read the Game of Thrones books. If another one ever comes out, I probably will do it again.
Holy shit you're a glutton for punishment.

I've also read the Dresden Files books multiple times.
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Post by nafod » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:58 pm

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JimZipCode wrote:Oh yeah, I've re-read the Game of Thrones books. If another one ever comes out, I probably will do it again.
Heh

I accidentally reread most of a GOT book (2nd one - the best one) when I thought it was the newest one out. Kept thinking that the story line seemed familiar, but kept reading because it was so good.
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Post by The Venerable Bogatir X » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:38 am

Sangoma wrote:Now that the topic came up I realised that I mostly read non-fiction and professional stuff. Among the books that I re-read not too long ago

The Mansion by William Faulkner (difficult to get through, but well worth it. Simply monumental.)
Graham Greene - Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians
Books by Victor Pelevin (many available in English)
Haunted by Pahlanyuk.
"Our Man in Havana" was really good....going into the reread bucket.

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Post by Boris » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:57 am

Old Man and The Sea
Catcher in the Rye
The Outsiders
Animal Farm
Dune
Fahrenheit 451
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Lord of The Flies
Of Mice and Men

There might be a couple more, but I don't re-read things often - these are the ones that I remember reading and enjoying more than once.

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Post by Protobuilder » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:58 am

Blaidd Drwg wrote:
tonkadtx wrote:Cormac McCarthy - The Road.

Stronger man than I...oi. That book ruined an entire vacation for me.
This is the only book I've ever read that messed with my dreams. I would read it in the evening before bed and follow up with a terrible night of sleep - no way that I would ever consider seeing the film.
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Post by Protobuilder » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:00 am

Old Man and the Sea
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Siddhartha
a handful of the Dresden Files series - currently slowly working through them on audiobook in the event another ever gets released
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Post by JimZipCode » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:13 am

Oh yeah, I've re-read a lot of John D MacDonald's Travis McGee books.

nafod wrote:a GOT book (2nd one - the best one)
Third one's the best one.
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Post by tonkadtx » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:08 am

Lots of really great books here. Some I've read, some I need to add to my list.

I was glad to see Jim Thompson, I forgot how much I loved those novels. William Gibson as well.

I forgot two books for my list. Before Elmore Leonard started to write his crime novels (many of which are excellent), he wrote two of the best westerns ever written imho. I have read them many times.

Hombre (the best).
Valdez is Coming (also excellent).

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Re: Fiction books you've read multiple times

Post by Spiller » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:51 am

I don't tend to re-read books as there are so many good ones out there I haven't read yet.

However, I like to re-read Stephen King's short stories (but not his full length novels). The earlier stuff he wrote, the better. Like the Bachman books already mentioned. The Long Walk FTW


If you like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch book series, you will probably like John Connolly's Charlie Parker series. They're darker than Mike's stuff. I actually may re-read them now that I think about it, as I can now read them in order. (each book stands alone though).

I also read Martian Chronicles multiple times in Jr HS and HS. I kept hoping I would 'get it'. I think I might now.

Good lists guys. Thanks

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Post by milosz » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:10 pm

Speaking of The Road
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Post by Bedlam 0-0-0 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:48 am

tonkadtx wrote:
Stronger man than I...oi. That book ruined an entire vacation for me.
I think it's by far McCarthy's best book. The language is so masterfully crafted. It is also truly terrifying.

All the edgy bastards talk about "Blood Meridian", just to be edgy. Then you speak with them, and you can tell they have never actually read a McCarthy novel including Blood Meridian.
Don't know about his best but it certainly is good and probably his most accessible, even Oprah liked it. Blood Meridian is the the one that continues to eat away at me. And I don't know much about edgy. That book is a force of nature that breathes death down the reader's neck. Living in the Southwest for a while and reading that book brought home how even the most mediocre of men then and there must have been like a different species to what we are now. If you are talking McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses is accessible, a good read and won't leave you feeling like you just ate your dog in the middle of the Sonoran desert like Blood Meridian will.

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Post by bennyonesix » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:07 am

Blood Meridian transcends the genre. On a level with Faulkner.

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Post by The Ginger Beard Man » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:11 am

Hemingway:
The Sun Also Rises, Old man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, and a bunch of short stories. "A Clean, Well- Lighted Place" is the greatest short story ever written and I have read it more times than I count.
Gibson:
The Neuromancer Trilogy, Burning Chrome
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Animal Farm, Moby Dick
I'm thinking of rereading Zorba the Greek fairly soon.
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Post by powerlifter54 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:22 pm

Agree on Spenser Books and Robicheux JL Burke.
Think Randy Wayne White is at least the equal of Burke.
John D MacDonald is famous for Travis McGee but other books are just as good or better.
Lee Child's Reacher Books top them all. High praise but has taken the genre to a new level and direction.

David Poyer does a nice job on Naval Fiction. Very Hornblower like in covering Dan Lenson's career from Mid to Flag.

Non fiction anything by Mike Lewis by a mile.
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