Friday, November 14, 2008

Which Books Are Worth Reading Twice?

SF Signal dares to present this question to several authors and editors. A great question I might add. There are only a few books that I've personally read more than once: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, There Eyes Were Watching God by Zorn Neale Hurston, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy By J.R.R. Tolkien. Actually, I've read all of these three times. Weird. Anyway, here is what the authors on SF Signal said.


Chris said...

I recently re-read Tim Powers's novel Last Call, which is one of the must-reads of modern urban fantasy. Early last year, I re-read Slaughterhouse-Five, because the world seemed consumed with madness and Vonnegut's black humor seemed the only adequate way to get a grip on the insanity that was bred by the Bush regime. Vonnegut explains the style of the book very early on by saying: "It is so short and jumbled and jangled... because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre." And he's right. Some things can't be talked about in simple linear logic.

jenn said...

Yeah, I just read Slaughterhouse-Five myself recently. I did seem apropos to our times. This was in an interesting question wasn't it though? It gets more to which books we really think are worth considering again.

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