In article <***@crcomp.net>, D B Davis <***@crcomp.net> wrote:
I frequently do, depending on how good the book is.
I distinctly remember finishing Willis's _To Say Nothing of the
Dog_ for the first time, and thinking, "Oh, I wish I had already
read this twice, or maybe three times, so that I can understand
all the subtle foreshadowings." So I read it again, and I
*think* once more.
On the other hand, I reread a lot anyway. I grade books based on
their rereadability, as follows:
A = read it in one sitting, immediately turned around and read it
again. And again, if time permitted.
B = read it, waited a bit, read it again, continue to read it at
C = read it, kept it on the shelves, reread it less often than
D = read it, never tempted to read it again.
F = couldn't finish it even once. (Loud cries of disgust and
One of the things I do besides reading (and rereading) is playing
an online game, _The Lord of the Rings Online._ (Needless to
say, _LotR_ itself rates an A.) The story line of the game
follows that of the books closely, and at the moment our
top-level characters are fighting the Battle of the Black Gate.
And on the beta server we're looking at a test copy of Mordor
itself, after the Ring falls.
And there's been a thread on the LotRO forums, discussing players
who like testing the new build white it's in beta, and those who
don't. The latter make comments like "it takes all the fun out
of it, knowing what's going to happen." One must assume they've
never read the books; and I surmise that they never read a book
twice. Humankind is strangely diverse.
Me, I have ten characters, from about level 75 to level 105, the
latter doing the beta test and getting ready to jump into Mordor
in the live game as soon as it launches. And to make one more
new character, and take her through the long path from Ered Luin
at level 1 to Mordor to wherever we'll be by the time she reaches
level cap (probably a couple of years). And I will enjoy, well,
most of it. Angmar, with its blasted landscape, is the land of
you-can't-get-there-from-here, and Southern Mirkwood is nearly as
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com