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    • CommentAuthorfn
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
    I'll never reread The Name of the Rose and the Silmarillion, i reread a lot of books (especially Dune), reading through these wasn't a chore and i can't describe them as bad, but after going through them there's nothing left with me that says these are worth going through again.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. It was a good story with interesting ideas, but it was extremely long-winded for me and usually put me to sleep.
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
    David Eddings' Belgariad series. I read all five books in quick succession when I was 13, enjoyed them thoroughly, but have never felt the urge to go back. especially since I surely wouldn't enjoy them so much as an adult.

    Richard Bausch's Violence, just because it has the most heart-wrenching and awful description of violence I've ever read. like all of his writing, it painted a thought-provoking picture of humanity and I'm glad I finished it, but I can't read it again.
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    Godel, Escher, Bach. Christ, that thing is tough.
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
    David Eddings' Belgariad series

    I find David Eddings to be a fairly boring writer when reading more than one of his story arcs. His main character just always seems to be a variation of Sparhawk. The same bloody character every bloody time. I stopped reading his stuff along time ago, though I did reread one of his books many many moons ago.
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008

    I'm debating whether or not I can read Infinite Jest again. I liked it quite a bit and I think it's a book that probably demands another reading. There are, however, time considerations.
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008

    Yeah, upon hearing I was starting it, a friend recommended that I take notes, because of the way characters pop up, oh, 200 pages later. I did not heed his advice.
    But it's unlikely that I'll ever have a the time to read it again. The only scenario where that seems possible is if I manage to get to retirement age with my mental faculties intact.
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
    It might me a comic, unlike everthing else metioned here, but I don't think I'll ever read SCARS again. It took me to a place mentally I found too frightening to ever want to visit again. A true definition of fear.
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    Hmm... there are lots of books I've really enjoyed but will probably never read again, because I'll normally favour going on to something new. There's definitely nothing I've read that I've felt I need to actively avoid despite enjoying though. I've heard a few people say "that was so good I'm never going to read it again" and to be honest it's not a sentiment I understand. There are so many levels of complexity to a good novel, I'm not sure why anyone would actively deprive themselves of that second (or third or fourth) voyage of discovery, unless they were afraid that for whatever reason, they would discover shallows instead of depths.

    On the flip side there are books (especially in audio format) that I just keep coming back to. I don't think I'll ever stop listening to The Lord of the Rings. My dad read me the entire trilogy when I was young so I get fantastic nostalgia from listening to Rob Inglis' unabridged recording, and the story never fails to stir a lot of emotion in me because I can become so absorbed in it... like music that's so familiar that the anticipation of what comes next becomes as pleasurable as what you hear at any given moment :)
    • CommentAuthorepsilon
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2008
    Time Enough For Love really was an amazing book. Have read it a few times. Stranger was good, and gets you thinking, but I'd say TEFL does so even more. A book I won't read again, though I loved it was "Tree of Smoke". Actually just finished it, and it was great, but not a do overable type really. Crime and Punishment was great, but it just makes me want to read Dostoyevsky's other work, rather than read it again. Was quite a slog, but worth it. Part of the problem for me is finding out about new books all the time that then I want to read.. getting back to an old one for a reread seems like wasting time too often, even if I know I love the book.
    • CommentAuthorSquidfisher
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2008 edited
    Half the stuff ever written by Michael Moorcock, particularly post-Eternal Champion like Blood: A Southern Fantasy. Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor; dense, articulate, brilliant but utterly wearying. Any of the old Conan stuff (though that's more because of the fact that Conan picks up a new oiled love slave/fiesty thief-girl/smouldering noblewoman in each installment who completely disappears by the start of the next one, which always suggested to me that he was getting his end away and then selling them).
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    "The Time Traveler's Wife" It was great. I'm glad I read it and think y'all should too, but I'll never do so again. Can't really give reasons without spoiling, so that's all you get. If they make it into a movie, I'd watch that, though.
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2008
    I don't think that I'd re-read most of the Clive Barker novels that I've read even through I've really liked them. The same with Stephen King's and Michael Connely's work. I think that I'm at the point where my stack of new stuff to read is just way to high to even think of revisiting old favorites.
    • CommentAuthortulpa
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2008 edited
    I don't think I'll ever read The Illuminatus! Trilogy again. It's firmly situated in my adolescence, and I feel that reading it again would eclipse my previous perspective on it.

    Also, Reading the Urth of the New Sun, I don't think I can read this book again. I'm going to reread the other 4 books again, but not this one. It feels too much like a punctuation mark.
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2008
    @ tulpa
    Completely agreed on the Illuminatus! Trilogy. It should stay with high school, firmly in the past.

    Also, Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Unbelievably good. Images still seared into my mind's eye. If I read it again, I may well kill myself. Twice.
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008 edited
    House of Leaves was great, but there's no way I'm up to repeating the enormous effort it took to read it. Maybe in ten years or so, but not soon.
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    I am a chronic re-reader. I've forced myself to give any book I can part with to Oxfam, because otherwise I would never read anything new. That said, there is one I will never read again.

    The Catcher in the Rye - The first time I read this, I was fourteen years old. I was at boarding school in New Jersey, about to leave for the Christmas holiday. I my mother was held up for one reason or another, and significantly held up. I found myself alone in the dorm, the last left waiting. I was sitting on my windowsill looking over snow-blanketed north-eastern hills the first time I opened the book. I started to read. I lost track of time and space. I laughed out loud and cried and dry-heaved. I wrote page numbers on my hand to refer to later. I had loved books before, but never like this. I finished reading twenty-five minutes before my mother finally arrived. That was the last time I opened the Catcher in the Rye, and I hope I never do again.
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008
    All my old teenage favorites, especially Anne McCaffrey. I made the mistake of rereading a few of them recently, and they didn't hold up under adult scrutiny. At all. I keep them on the shelf to remind me of how much they changed my life, but I don't dare return to them, because all my warm fuzzy memories will be ruined.