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  • Once I couldn't sleep, so I read "The Hobbit" overnight. While ill in hospital once, I had nothing to do all day, so I read "The Lord of the Rings" in about five days. If I have the time, then I can read a shorter Pratchett book in less than one day.

    While I can read some things very quickly, it does not mean that I take it all in, but I do have a sufficiently usable facsimile of the book in memory.

    When I was younger I had near photographic memory, these days it's not so good, as my better half constantl

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • The first time I read Lord of the Rings, I started on a Friday evening and finshed the entire set just before Sunday breakfast (which I ate and then went for a much-delayed sleep - I had been awake for about 48 hours, including about 36 hours reading the series with occassional stops for food).

      At the other extreme, when I read it to my son as a bedtime story, it took about a year and a half to get through the series, since it was at most a few pages per night.