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Old 05-16-2009, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Whenever I find a really, really good book, towards the end I find myself going into a small panic, that I'll never find another book as equally as exciting to read. I've been known, when finishing up a really exciting book, to slow down to a page or two a day as I wanted the excitement to last as long as possible. And, if I don't find a good replacement, I find myself depressed and anxious.

Does anybody else go through this?
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:48 PM
 
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I will find an author I like and go through all of his/her books. When I am done, I am lost for a long time. I hate not having a new book waiting on deck. I really liked "The Hour I First Believed" but I know its going to be another however many years before Wally Lamb writes another book.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Oh, I definitely save the last few pages of a really excellent book. I'll put off finishing it for a couple of days - read a magazine instead, that sort of thing.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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Sometimes, when I'm reading a really good one, but I know I gotta get up at 4:30 or 5 in the A.M. for work, I have to force mysef to put the book down. More often than not I'll dream about the book and it'll wake my ass up every hour or so.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:25 AM
 
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Good books are rare, and good readers more so. I've experienced those rare times that I have found myself a little reluctant to finish a really good book. Why? I can only guess that it has something to do with the fact that the good ones are so few and far between, savoring the last as though it were a candy bar makes sense when we know the rarity of good literary works.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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sometimes when I am reading a really good book and really have been enjoying the characters, i feel like I will miss them! sounds weird, but true. not really a panic, just a sense of loss.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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A few years ago I quit smoking with help from Edmond Dantès Actually I read The Count of Monte Cristo over two weeks time, started on a Sunday afternoon and finished two Sundays later. The unabridged Penguin Classics edition with translation by Robin Buss. This book so pulled me into the story that it provided a very suitable distraction from my cigarette habit (along with the patch) and I got through the first two, hard weeks of quitting without much trouble. Unfortunately, I felt bad about missing all the places and characters when finished and felt a little lost for a few days

Amazon.com: The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics): Alexandre Dumas père, Robin Buss: Books
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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sometimes when i am reading a really good book and really have been enjoying the characters, i feel like i will miss them! Sounds weird, but true. Not really a panic, just a sense of loss.
+1.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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A few years ago I quit smoking with help from Edmond Dantès Actually I read The Count of Monte Cristo over two weeks time, started on a Sunday afternoon and finished two Sundays later. The unabridged Penguin Classics edition with translation by Robin Buss. This book so pulled me into the story that it provided a very suitable distraction from my cigarette habit (along with the patch) and I got through the first two, hard weeks of quitting without much trouble. Unfortunately, I felt bad about missing all the places and characters when finished and felt a little lost for a few days

Amazon.com: The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics): Alexandre Dumas père, Robin Buss: Books
Excellent story. You should start a literary programme for addiction rehabilitation... Book-Clubs for those with any issue like smoking, over-eating etc...
Papa Dumas would have been flattered I am sure.

I love "The Count of Monte Cristo". Edmond Dantes is a great hero of mine, and I can see myself going his way should revenge ever be an option in my life ! He re-defined the definition of revenge and accomplished it so comprehensively and with such Panache. A Man after my own heart. Don't get mad, get even. Very, very even...

I do always feel a sense of loss when coming at the end of a great book , especially contemporary ones as I do find hard to find "current" books I actually like and enjoy.


I have learnt over the years that it is immensely preferable to re-read books you have enjoyed over and over than books which don't "speak to you" so I have a huge personal library of books I love that I can dip into whenever I feel like it.

A truly great book will always give away something different with each reading .

But I think when you have experienced that first rush of excitement and pure pleasure given by a new book, one almost feels a sense of loss and mourning and the anxiety that it will be hard to re-capture that perfect moment.
It is a bit like the first flush of falling in Love.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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Very well said, Mooseketeer
And I'm happy to hear that I am not the only person who feels this way about getting to the end of a great book. I thought I was a little wierd.. well I am, but you know what I mean
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