Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

I admit with so many shiny new books coming along I don’t re-read as much as I used to. Which is a shame because re-reading books is so enjoyable and it’s fun if you come across things you hadn’t noticed before…anyway this is more a ‘Books I have re-read multiple times but now haven’t touched in a while because sadly the day has only 24 hours and I need to sleep occasionally’.

 

James Barclay: Dawnthief1. James Barclay: Dawnthief

I think I almost immediately went back to re-reading some passages after finishing it the first time. The book just came around at exactly the right time for me and had everything I wanted (mages! elves! an unpredictable plot!) and unlike so many fantasy-novels death wasn’t cheap: with one exception everybody who died, stayed dead (and lots of people died) and the characters actually reacted to those deaths and also didn’t forget about them after a chapter. Now, this does make it sound like an odd choice for a frequent re-read but…well I’m odd 😉


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone2. The Harry Potter Series

I was a fantasy-loving teenager in the late 90s/early 00s. I am sure this is a very surprising addition to this list…

 

 

 


Alexandre Dumas: The Three Musketeers3. Alexandre Dumas: The Three Musketeers

TTM was among the first ‘grown-up’ books I read. I think I was about 12 at the time and it took me a while to get through. Once I had managed it I was very sad about the ending and called two of my stuffed animal Constance and d’Artagnan so at least those could be happy. I still re-read it a couple of times and my love for it has turned into a strange obsession where I’m not only reading the book but also watch so many movie-adaptations…

Some of them are great fun

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Scenes of incredible cruelty in д’Артаньян и три мушкетёра (D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers), 1978
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Три мушкетёра (Three Musketeers), 2013, the only version that did the breakfast at La Rochelle properly
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Black cats are for beginners. True villains have a huge black dog. д’Артаньян и три мушкетёра (D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers), 1978
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The Three Musketeers (1973) This movie is perfect and I will not hear anything against it.
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Aramis regretting his life-choices in д’Артаньян и три мушкетёра (D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers), 1978

Some are fun but you also wonder if the people who made the movie ever read the book

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The Musketeers (2014). I prefer to pretend seasons 2 and 3 don’t exist
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Charlton Heston doesn’t even need a black pet in The Three Musketeers (1948)
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The Three Musketeers (1993). Where d’Artagnan is Inigo Montoya, Charlie Sheen Aramis, and Porthos a pirate

And some…also exist

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D’Artagnan et les trois mousquetaires (2005). The less said about the magical falcons, demons and the orientalism the better.
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The Three Musketeers (2011). At least Christoph Waltz had fun

Sorry. I just got carried away…be glad I don’t have more gifs from the really bad versions. North Korean spies-bad. David Hasselhoff and Thomas Gottschalk are in it-bad.

Fun fact: Nowhere in the book does it say that Rochefort wears an eyepatch, just that he has a scar near his eye. However, Christopher Lee wore one in the 74-version and since then approximately 2/3 of all actors playing him have done so as well.

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The Musketeer (2001). I remember this movie being cringeworthy and yellow

Where was I? Right. Re-reading books


Terry Pratchett: Men at Arms4. Terry Pratchett: Men at Arms

The correct answer to ‘What is your favourite Discworld-book?’ is obviously ‘Give me a week to write an essay in which I examine every single book in detail.’ but…I love Men at Arms a lot. Because of Angua. I love Angua a lot.

 

 


Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes5. Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes

No, I’m not frequently re-reading the complete Sherlock Holmes but some stories I can re-read again and again. Or listen to again and again because Holmes stories are perfectly suited for audio plays. And I love my collection of the Peter Pasetti ones, even if they are based on different translations which means Holmes and Watson sometimes use the formal Sie and sometimes the informal Du with each other. (And let’s not get into the pronunciation of Holmes in some of them…)

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

  1. I loved Christoph Waltz having fun… half these Musketeer movies were so silly. Loved the book. I also quite liked the Iron Mask adaptation with DiCaprio. And I completely forgot what a babyface d’Artagnan had in the 1993 adaptation….that cast was brilliant.

    1. Yes they are (but then the book is often quite silly) and the Men in the Iron Mask is great fun as well (but I had to stop with the gifs somewhere XD)

    1. Hehe my cunning plan worked XD (I do recommend the 70s version with Michael York. It has the advantage of being quite true to the original AND is available in English…the 90s version with Charlie Sheen is also quite enjoyable but shares only the characters and some vague plotpoints with the book)

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