The problem with re-reading a story you love is that it won’t — can’t — be like the first time you read it (or the second, or the fifth). If this were nearly any other work of fiction, I’d say I almost wished I could forget the whole thing so I could repeat the feeling of reading it for the first time, but… Well, somehow the idea of reading The Chronicles of Amber with even partial amnesia seems wrong.
A little bit of trivia: To the best of my knowledge, the old audio-book version (on tape, no less!) of Nine Princes in Amber is the only one where the brief lines of dialogue blanked out in the print versions (all of the print versions I know about, from the three-part serialized novel in Galaxy magazine to the omnibus edition of the entire series) is included. So, if you’re curious, Laughing Boy (either you know who this very minor character is, or it doesn’t matter) said, “Damn you.” Both times. (Okay, technically it was three times. Whatever.)
‘Nother bit of trivia: In the second installment of the serialized version of Nine Princes that was printed in Galaxy, there’s a synopsis of the first installment. There, the author states quite plainly that Florimel is blonde. Not a redhead. So unless you’ve got a photograph of the character to prove otherwise, I’m gonna go with what the guy who wrote the novels said. 🙂