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Aging and re-reading

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Neil W, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. KiddDizz

    KiddDizz Active Member

    I've been reading Mr. King since I was about 8 years old and I have read all of the novels and a great number of the short stories (all the published collections and a lot of his magazine work), and I love reading them again after a few years. It seems he manages to weave a character into such an elaborate fabric that, with the growing of the reader, the traits that stand out in the characters change and different ones become relatable. I've purchased all of the available audiobooks and I love to listen to ones I've already read. It's like having an old friend tell you a story that you've heard before, but one you never grow tired of hearing.
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  2. Anthea M

    Anthea M Well-Known Member

    I have to admit I don't like The Shining. It didn't grab me and I had to force myself to finish the book. I will never re-read it.
  3. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

  4. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    i totally understand where you're coming from! Even though i love hanging out with an old friend, tearing through the story isn't a necessity... i already know what's coming. I no longer feel like i need to get to the end of the chapter before i close my eyes at night or that i just can't put it down until i know why one character is confronting another. And the longer the book, the less likely i feel the need to revisit it. I read The Stand (not my favorite either!) twice because i felt the need to better connect with the content.... but i cannot see myself ever reading it again.

    i remember Kate Bush once saying that she disliked performing live because there didn't seem any sense in it.... that she didn't like 'recreating' art when that time could be spent creating something new. Sometimes that's how i feel about reading & writing.
  5. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Well stated.....and you're still a curmudgeon...lol

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...whew!...didn't want to lose my mojo...
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  7. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I have re-read every King book at least once, some of them numerous times like The Dark Tower novels or 'Salem's Lot. I still haven't done a re-read of Duma Key yet or 11/22/63 or Under The Dome as I am letting them age, like a fine wine. I have other books by other authors in my TBR pile that need my attention, but I will come back to the King books eventually. There's nothing like reading a King book for the second time, when you're not racing thru it to find out 'what happens next', and letting yourself savor the feel and taste of the language or turn of a phrase.....
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  8. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Oh, you didn't, Curmie (said in my bestest Miss Piggie voice!) :biggrin-new:

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  10. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Very well said! Plus, you quoted one of my all-time favorite artists, Kate Bush! All I can say is... "Wow." ;)
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  11. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    ins't she magic??! I knew i dug you for a reason.... :tickled_pink:
  12. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Awwww... Thanks. I have been in love with Kate since I first saw her on Saturday Night Live back in the mid 70s! :love:
  13. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    i am a re-rereader, I have read BOB about 8 times, Insomnia about 4 times Halfway through Cell Again tryng to figure out whether to read Salem's lot Again or The tommyknockers. I agree so many books and so little time, but even re-reading a Stephen King book makes me escape the humdrum of everyday life. A stephen king book is a box of choclates - so many nice things and they all taste delicious. er yes, think i will stick to programming.:)
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  14. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    There is nothing wrong with being in the mature bracket - think of it as wine - improves with time
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  15. sam peebles

    sam peebles Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I used to re-read a lot as a teen, when basically my entire library consisted of King and only King. In the past decade or so I've been re-reading less and less as I discovered how many great books are out there, waiting for me.
  16. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    If he does, then if you re-read it, is that four times worth?
  17. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    (I would add, when encouraging younger people, to realize the opportunity they have to learn wisdom, to pay attention to us older ones in order to have fewer regrets.) The only sK I've read more than once is On Writing, which I re-read simply because I couldn't find my copy of 'Salem's Lot when I went on vacation once, so grabbed the first thing I saw. I'm looking forward to re-reading The Stand, as I know I'll like it more than I did the first time. This is probably going to be the case whenever I re-read any sK stuff; and, assuming I'll be around long enough to get through everything the first time, which if he doesn't slow down I might not be dammit!!! :mad:
  18. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    I'm 22 and have been reading since, oh I don't know to be honest, im going to say 9 or 10. There are a couple novels and short stories here and there that I haven't read, and a few more now since I completely quit reading for years after I read "Cell", whenever that came out. I just got out of reading and collecting, and have been back in it for a month or so now. I'm trying to get caught up on what I missed ( Duma Key, Liseys Story, Joyland, 11/22/63, a few more ) and then go back and re read some of the classics and finish what I never got around to reading. I've never read the first word of any of the Dark Tower books, just never thought I'd be interested in them but I hope to start them soon. That may take awhile to finish though, lol. I've never finished The Stand, to be honest I just never got into the story enough back then but I think I would now. Rage, and Blaze, those are 2 that I've been wanting to read for a long time now.
    I like re reading some works but I have too many right now I need to catch up on to be honest. I want to be as caught up as I can by the time Mr. Mercedes comes out, buy it brand new the very 1st day, and start it right after. Bring back that feeling of buying a brand new novel the very day it releases, that new book smell, yeah! lol
  19. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    are you like me? you can't go into a bookshop and buy one book, you end up with 3/4. There was a time i was reading 5 books at the same time. I love SK boks, but i read James Herbert, Freddie Forsthy, Robert Harris(try him historical faction), robert Harris, Benjamin Black (a/k/a John Banville) i used to read Wilbur smith but his previous novel was extremely graphic in relation to sex(and i am open-minded) i put it down. Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde(read the importance of being earnest v. funny) i read physics(hawking, michio kaku, lisa randall), history(the moments men), i haven;t read psychology since i was 15(bored in school), i tried to read the (mis)interpretation of dreams. I came to the conclusion Mr freud is mixing his subconscious with his sexual appetite and patients dreams. enjoy reading. it's great fun. oh yeah C++ programming (well, what else would a programmer read)

    there is a life waiting to be unveiled in a book.
  20. taylor29

    taylor29 Well-Known Member

    Re-reading can be a way to re-capture a sense of otherworldliness that books offer. If you feel good or like you've grown after reading a book, re-reading can be tempting because you want to revisit not just the stories but the sense of accomplishment (or whatever you felt) again. I can't imagine reading the DT all the way through again - or any other SK book - but I can see revisiting parts of the books anyway. I already have, in fact.

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