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  •  LOTR (3+ / 0-)
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    Probably comes in first, as I started re-reading that early and often.  Since then, favorite re-reads include Dunnett, Rawlings (esp the last 4 books), T.H. White (The Once and Future King).  I admit to having read Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series more than once.  Name of the Rose.  Long involved books I can escape in.
    Mystery writers for rereads: Saylor, Sayers, Laurie King, Elizabeth George, Hillerman, James Church, Caudwell, PD James.

    I also like to re-listen to audio versions of books I have recently read; currently going through the Ice and Fire series that way.  Just finished listening to Dotrice read Game of Thrones; very fine performance.

    Some series I have gotten on Kindle but not enjoyed rereading as much as I thought I would:  Auel (although I still like Clan of the Cave Bear); Gabaldon (although there are wonderful minutes there are tedious half hours).

    Oh and a note to Dunnett enthusiasists-I thought it woud be great fun to have all my Dunnett (except her mysteries, which haven't been e-published) available on Kindle for easy re-reading (three cheers for adjustable font size!).  Well, it would be great fun, except the editing in the Lymond series is execreble, and I know the books well enough to be really put off by the errors.  The Niccolo series editing is adequate and King Hereafter is fine.  (And this is a much more portable format!)  I've actually joined the Dorothy Dunnett society; I only wished I had known of it earlier, when she would attend meetings (often held in venues featured in her books).

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    by barbwires on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 11:12:15 PM PDT

    •  I never thought about this possibility (3+ / 0-)
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      Well, it would be great fun, except the editing in the Lymond series is execreble, and I know the books well enough to be really put off by the errors.

      That is horrifying!

      Yes, she came to Philadelphia once, I think.  I think my friend went to see her.  

      I can see what you are saying about having them all so close at hand.

      Probably down the road I will give in and get a Nook.

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      by cfk on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 11:17:17 PM PDT

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      Dunnett was a skilled artist as well as a writer.  Did she ever draw or paint any of the characters in her books?  I'm pretty sure she painted a portrait of Archie Abernethy, but I would love to see what Lymond looks like.

      •  I have seen the Archie one, too (1+ / 0-)
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        but not Lymond.  Some people said that she modeled his actions at least on her hubby.

        I bought and enjoyed reading his book:

         The Canoe Boys  by Alastair Dunnett

        which has a picture of him.  

        He and a friend used prototypes of kayaks to move up along the Scottish Isles and one lady's comment was, "Oh, your poor mothers!"  Sounds like Lymond to me.  :)

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        by cfk on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 04:31:41 PM PDT

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      •  I think Dunnett painted portraits of (2+ / 0-)
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        actual people most frequently (with the exception of the picture of Abernathy you mention).  Recently I saw 4 portaraits of anonymous people she had painted for sale (I guess they either didn't pay for their pictures or didn't like them).  One was titled by the portrait's owner as Jerrott Blyth--I could see that.  Another pair of pictures was amusingly titled "The Lennoxes"--the pictures were indeed the true image of British hauteur--very funny indeed.

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        by barbwires on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 08:06:56 PM PDT

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