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18 December 2008

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I always wondered if that series was any good. My grandparents gave me book 4 when I was about 8 years old, and I remember being really confused and getting stuck in the first chapter. I felt guilty about not reading it for years until finally I gave it away. Does it read well for adults?

I may have said this before, but I love that you have books that you reread at certain times. I do too, although in my case they're timed by events rather than seasons. I reread The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley every time I move to a new place and Robert Heinlein's The Door Into Summer whenever I'm really sick, and so on.

I remember reading The Dark is Rising series when I was eleven, and writing my grandmother from camp and begging her to send the next installment. I've reread some as an adult, and they still read well, although I'm not sure it was quite the experience that reading them at eleven was.

I think I read The Dark is Rising three times. It is the second book in the series. The first, if I remember right, is rather sweet and not nearly so intense as The Dark is Rising. I liked books 3, 4, and 5 much, too. I thought they were as interesting as the Narnia series. Perhaps, we can read The Dark is Rising and one of the Narnia books sometime.

I love this series, but I haven't read it in a long time. I just finished adding the final book of this series to my bookshelf, and like the idea of re-reading them all over the holiday season. Perfect mood for dark and snowy nights (which we don't have yet).

Jessica,
Actually, I think I appreciate the Cooper books more now that I am an adult. I loved them for their fantasy when I was little but now I appreciate Cooper's very adult sense of how it feels to feel helpless in the face of dark forces. I'm shivering (deliciously) just thinking about it! Although the books were sold as stand-alones, I think it would be a rather hard series to start in the middle. I'd start with The Dark is Rising, then pick up Over Sea, Under Stone (which I think is actually the first book), and then proceed from there. Let me know if you try them!

Laura,
I love re-reading books. I loved hearing about your re-reads too; I myself often rely upon either A River Runs Through It or Salinger's Franny and Zooey when I need a pick-me-up; although I must confess I've not moved often enough to need an "after-moving" book! :)

I think one of the greatest disservices parents do their kids today is buying them a million books (or checking out huge piles from the library) and not expecting them to re-read titles. I think there's something important and imprinting about returning to the same titles at least a few times. But that might be just me.

What a great grandmother you must have had, if you could write to her and request books! I can't remember when I first read these but I think I was a bit older than eleven...but I enjoyed them, I remember that! (I got at least some of them as gifts from my older sister, which made them even dearer to me.)

Rick,
I totally agree with you about how these titles are really holding up. Although I liked the Narnia books too, I think I actually preferred the Cooper books. Hm. A Cooper book in the menage. We may have to think about that. Maybe next winter?

Jeane,
Haven't you had any big storms so you can re-read these yet? I rather wish I was where you are--we got a load of snow last night and the whole next week is looking snowy, blowy, and cold. Come on...just two good travel days over Christmas? Please? That would just be so much nicer for everyone.

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