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Mums and Fantasy
« on: December 16, 2011, 07:32:39 PM »
We always seem to be talking about what fantasy books our mums love, and mine is no exception.  

She turned me onto reading big time, and used to buy me Robin Jarvis and Brian Jacques books as a young one and read along with me.  

In recent years she has loved Harry Potter, and I got her reading Robin Hobb.

Recent loans and her verdicts:

Un Lun Dun  - she didn't seem to really enjoy this but said it got better as it went along.  


Rivers of London - she adored, and was drawing parallels with my own life.  

Temeraire - she loves dragons and read it within a day, and is gonna download the rest of her series to her kindle.

Just lent her Among Thieves :) Be nervous, Douglas Hullick!

Oh and she is a MASSIVE Pratchett fan :)
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Offline AnneLyle

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2011, 07:58:17 PM »
I envy you, hound - my late Mum encouraged my reading from an early age, but our tastes were poles apart. She tried to interest me in Catherine Cookson and various airport-bookshop thrillers, to no avail...

She would have been immensely proud to see me get published, but I'm not sure what she would have made of my book!
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Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2011, 08:06:37 PM »
My mum literally reads anything, but does read a lot of sci fi/ fantasy and historical novels from me, and biographies and thrillers from my step dad.  No romance fans in my family, though I did spot a moth bitten Mills and Boons last time I visited my grandma ....

Its my brother who is the mission, I lent him all my Joe Abercrombies, and nothing ... read damn you!
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Offline AnneLyle

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2011, 08:24:06 PM »
My son makes up for the general lack of geekiness in the rest of the family. His Christmas list includes a Warhammer 40k novel from Black Library.

That's my boy!
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Offline Gothos

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2011, 08:28:52 PM »
My mum reads a lot but our tastes are very disimilar. But my aunt who I've been getting into fantasy loved The Name of the Wind, she didn't come out of her room for the entire weekend. Going to try introducing her to The Lies of Lock Lamora and Among Theives.
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Offline Jen

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2011, 09:34:50 PM »
My mum tends to go for contemporary ghost stories/horror.  She's a bit difficult when it comes to fantasy - she can't be doing with anything secondary world or too weird but I did manage to get her reading Harry Potter and the Paul Magrs Brenda books.

Though having said that, she is completely responsible for getting me hooked on Stephen King and Tolkien at a young age.

Offline Elspeth Cooper

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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 11:52:17 PM »
My mum's first fantasy book was mine (she's currently addicted to The Morganville Vampires - no, I'm not sure how that happened either). But it was Mum who encouraged me to read as a kid, and it was Mum who, when I was 11 or so, brought me a chunky hardback book called The Lord of the Rings, and said "I thought you might enjoy this."

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Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2011, 10:18:54 PM »
Both my parents read voraciously, although neither of them read fantasy. They used to refer to it as 'that stuff you read'. However it was my mother who bought me the Enid Blyton's and the Tove Jansson's that got me hooked on fantasy in the first place.
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Offline graveyardhag

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 08:02:12 AM »
I really tried to get my mum to read all my fantasy books. I failed, every time.

I know she has read twilight, and the first of Tara Moss' Pandora English books (number 2 is under the tree, waiting for Sunday!)

So I guess I should try to get her onto all my paranormal and urban fantasy books, rather than my traditional fantasy series!
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Offline DBASKLS

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2011, 09:31:01 AM »
My mum is sadly no longer with us but she, like me, would happily read most genres including fantasy. I remember her particularly liking the Duncton Chronicles (William Horwood). She passed away before the Harry Potter craze but I think she would have loved them.

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Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2011, 12:49:42 PM »
Sorry to say my Mum is not a big reader...of anything. In fact to this day she's not read ANY of my books....how sad is that when your own mother won't read what you write? I fear it is somewhat of a trend as only one of my three children have read the entire series. My oldest daughter has read two and my son has yet to start.  Oh the shame!

Offline Fellshot

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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2011, 06:51:42 PM »
My mom is very much a fantasy reader and has been forever. :D We swap books back and forth a lot and anything that I think is made of awesome gets passed around to her and my siblings. My dad isn't much of a fantasy reader and is very particular about his science fiction.

Offline Malexmave

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2011, 07:14:09 PM »
My mom has made me into the booklover I am today, but she herself does not like fantasy all too much, sadly. She didn't even enjoy "The Name of the Wind" very much, and I love this book. Well, at least our corner bookstore knows our tastes and never fails to come up with a good idea for a present for the other person.
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Offline LouMorgan

Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2011, 12:10:55 PM »
My mum absolutely hated fantasy and horror. She was very anti-genre, surprisingly so given how much she loved reading in general. She used to refer to the stuff I read as "those awful books", and I'm not even going to repeat what she said when I started writing my book. I think I was probably hoping I'd get her to change her mind if she ever got to read it.

She died at the start of this year, and while I was going through a box of things from the old house, I found a load of the books she'd bought me when I was a kid: all things like "The Princess and the Goblin", Alan Garner books and short stories like "The Shadow Cage" - all the kind of stories she said she hated! Go figure. But it just goes to show, even though she didn't like them, she knew I would.  :)
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Re: Mums and Fantasy
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2011, 12:14:47 PM »
Ive been trying to talk my mom into reading the Mistborn series, but she cant find any good reading glasses to read with...  She and I read The Giver together but that is the most reading I have done with her.  Would be nice to get her back up to shape and able to read again