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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2017, 22:02 
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I'm just interested to know if anyone else likes to reread previous series from the start before they read the new story - especially if they had been a reasonable gap between books! I'm currently debating rereading the St Mary's Chronicles and Bruno Chief of Police series. I should perhaps a add that I am a fast reader and enjoy rereading books.


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2017, 22:59 
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I think I'm usually in too much of a hurry to do anything other than gulp down the new book, to be honest, Jools. In some cases you'd be waiting quite a long time, too - I recentishly read Margery Allingham's Mr Campion's Farewell, as completed by Mike Ripley, and that's an awful lot of re-reading!

I like re-reads too, but would rather I had all the books that were available before I start on one. And my real quirk with a series is to re-read the books in reverse order...


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2017, 23:05 
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I don't but I know other people who do including my husband! It actually makes sense as you then have the whole thing fresh in your mind.


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I think the last book in the 'Clan of the Cave Bear' series provided the longest wait to date. Although George R R Martin is also taking his time. :)


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2017, 10:45 
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I've just read Bruno 9 without rereading the earlier ones, as I felt comfortable enough with his world not to feel the need to reread. But I am galloping through the St Mary's books again before starting on the new one, as I didn't think I'd be ready for it without.
But that's just me ..

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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2017, 13:27 
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I'm going to reread St Mary's and may well do Bruno as I thoroughly enjoy them.


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2017, 14:30 
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I don't think that there are any "modern" series for which I would do this. I feel that if I can't remember what happened in the earlier books then I am probably not that interested in reading a new book in the series. For example, having hacked my way doggedly through the existing "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, I'm not interested enough to bother with the "Winds of Winter" when (if ever) it appears.

I am more likely to reread when the series is "old" and it's taken me some time to acquire a book. For example, I filled-in a number of gaps in Edwards' "Romney Marsh" series fairly recently and I've been reading the series in order including the ones I've already read.

Of course, re-reading the series when a new title comes out is one way of prolonging the enjoyment of the new book!


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2017, 15:34 
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I've promised myself an orgy of rereading when Hilary Mantel finally publishes the last Cromwell book - provisionally 'The Mirror and the Light'. I loved the first two books so much but I'm holding back till I can see how she deals with his fall. I'm fairly certain I will cry....


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2017, 19:04 
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Me too...best new books I have read in years.


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PostPosted: 16 Apr 2017, 20:23 
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I don't think that there are any "modern" series for which I would do this. I feel that if I can't remember what happened in the earlier books then I am probably not that interested in reading a new book in the in the series.

For example, having hacked my way doggedly through the existing "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, I'm not interested enough to bother with the "Winds of Winter" when (if ever) it appears.

I am more likely to reread when the series is "old" and it's taken me some time to acquire a book.


It works exactly the opposite way for me. The "old" books that I read in my youth and middle years are firmly in my head, the whole series usually quite clear to me so a reread is usually not necessary.

Many things I have read in the past few years though, like "Bruno", or the Novik dragon series, are absolutely not there at all and I have to reread to make sense of what is happening in the latest book.

PS I am loving Songs of Fire and Ice which I am reading hand in hand with watching Game of Thrones for the first time. I am being careful to follow behind with the books. It is the perfect escapist world to move into now that the real world has become so unacceptable to me.

Off to watch Episode 3 of Series 6 right now....

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I'm afraid I thought the first two books were incredibly over-rated (Hilary Mantel's style just does not work for me at all), but I'll read the third one on the basis that I've-started-so-I'll-finish :lol:. I only re-read earlier books in a series if it's been ages since I read the last one, and that isn't usually the case with new books because authors don't usually wait that long before publishing the next one in a series.

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PostPosted: 17 Apr 2017, 13:47 
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I often reread books, but only because I've discovered that reading an old favourite late in the evening helps me to sleep. If I read new books, I try and stay awake to see how the story ends, which isn't a problem when I know the plot.

I do have a number of series of books both electronic and paper and I generally sequentially read a number by the same author (but not all the CS books in order!).


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PostPosted: 17 Apr 2017, 15:19 
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Another series I always reread from the beginning is E F Benson's Mapp and Lucia books, though I have read them so many times I can finish the sentences as I turn the pages. They never pall, though.


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Not because a new book is out, but I do tend to re-read favourite series every year or so. St Mary's and the Rivers of London are the two I most often re-read currently. For a variety of reasons; to revisit favourite characters and incidents; remind myself of the plot, and pick up things that didn't seem significant at first, but turn out to be important later; if I just want something not too demanding.

I've re-read the Shardlake series a couple of times, but they're a bit dark for light relief.

In the distant past, I used to re-read Lord of the Rings quite regularly, then the Lymond Chronicles.


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PostPosted: 23 Apr 2017, 23:22 
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PS I am loving Songs of Fire and Ice which I am reading hand in hand with watching Game of Thrones for the first time. I am being careful to follow behind with the books. It is the perfect escapist world to move into now that the real world has become so unacceptable to me.


I find it reminds me of the crap in the real world! Like in ACOK you see how the war is awful for the little people. And all the machinations don't make me positive about the outcomes of the ones in our world.

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