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Offline m3mnoch

Re: Which novel got you into reading,which author would you like to thank
« Reply #45 on: September 11, 2016, 05:47:52 PM »
man.  i LOVE this thread!  mad props @Eclipse for the resurrection.

got me into reading?  beverly cleary's ramona series.  it was dumb board books and such until then.  i learned to read really, really early, but never got into reading until then.  (keep in mind, this is, like, the late 70s so there was no harry potter)

got me into fantasy?  tolkein opened the door, but it took a couple attempts for me to finish the lord of the rings trilogy.  i'd seen the cartoon version of the hobbit and it piqued my interest.

got me INTO fantasy?  margaret weis, tracy hickman, and dragonlance.  i'd poked at a couple other fantasy things -- shannara, xanth, random one-offs -- but when i found tanis half-elven and raistlin majere, i started consuming everything.

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« Reply #46 on: September 11, 2016, 05:56:45 PM »
My dad got me into reading and fantasy by reading The Hobbit to me as a child. I read LotR at the age of 9, which set the course for my life thereafter, so it would have to be Tolkien for me.
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Re: Which novel got you into reading,which author would you like to thank
« Reply #47 on: September 11, 2016, 06:22:35 PM »
That was my exact experience! @Tanniel
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« Reply #48 on: September 11, 2016, 06:25:23 PM »
Hah, that's interesting, @The_Gem_Cutter. The Hobbit seems to be the perfect gateway book. It starts so innocently, but before you know it, those kids are hooked on epic novels.
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Offline DireWolfSnow

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« Reply #49 on: September 12, 2016, 08:02:11 PM »
It's great to see a thread like this! Thank you Eclipse. :)


So the books that got me into reading as well as into fantasy were C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. My mom actually read them to me (one chapter a night) when I was like 4-5. I loved the world that Mr. Lewis created with knights, evil queens, and talking animals (especially Aslan!). It was a wonderful story about these ordinary kids pulled in to a fantastical world and placed on an extraordinary adventure and I could not get enough of this world!

I was always an avid reader as a kid and loved the Beverly Clearly books as well as the many, many Hardy Boys books.

Sadly enough, when I reached middle school, I almost completely burned out of reading as I had several teachers who made reading into a boring chore instead of something that should be enjoyable. By high school I was lucky enough to have several really outstanding teachers who really rekindled my love for reading. Instead of forcing terrible books down our throats, they would allow us to explore different authors to find stories and writing styles that we liked. I really began to love to classics (Hemmingway, Dostoyovsky, Tolstoy, Dickens, London...) and began reading for enjoyment again.

While I cannot give my college professors credit for doing much to inspire a passion for reading, it was during college that I was reintroduced to fantasy. The Lord of the Rings movies were all coming out and completely reinvigorated my love for fantasy. I read the trilogy and then looked for more fantasy books to satisfy my hunger. It was during this time that I found out about GRRM and ASOIAF and plowed through the first three books. What a world he built. There were dragons and direwolves, deep politics that would take years to unravel, and secret histories.

So I would like to thank Lewis, Tolkein, and GRRM for their novels and worlds.

Offline DaveEllis

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« Reply #50 on: September 13, 2016, 08:43:46 AM »
I read from a very early age, and picked my own books, I loved Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton, especially her more fantasy end stuff like Magic Faraway Tree, I then moved onto Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy.

My mum introduced me to classics like Dickens, and my step-father introduced me to Stephen King and Tolkien, and I read The Hobbit loads, tho weirdly could never finish Lord of the Rings until I was in Uni just before Fellowship came out at the flicks.

I found Feist and Terry Brooks in the library, and also loved the Dragonlance chronicles. 

This is all very standard and echoed in the thread above, but my stand out moment was when I was staying at my dad's one weekend and in the toilet (I know, but toilet books are a thing in my family) I picked up a copy of Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell and my world changed, suddenly I knew what proper gritty adult sword and sorcery was.  Gemmell remains my favourite but opened the door for Glen Cook, Stephen Erikson, Joe Abercrombie and others.

As an aside, China Mieville's Perdido Street Station further opened my world to fantasy beyond medieval or sword and sorcery, and now I read from all sorts of sub genres.

Offline Rostum

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« Reply #51 on: September 13, 2016, 02:30:06 PM »
The dark is rising, Susan Cooper and The Hobbit, but as an audiobook on 4 LP's (ask me later young un) read by Nichol Williamson after that well lots really.

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« Reply #52 on: September 20, 2016, 01:00:02 PM »
As far as first books go, the Boxcar Children series and Matt Christopher's baseball books are what I remember reading all the time when I was a kid (probably 6-9 years or so).  Beyond those two series type books I typically read whatever YA caught my fancy (I even read my sister's Babysitter Club books when I was out of books to read) but I don't remember anything in particular.

When I was 11 or 12 I started reading military fiction and so I read a lot of Cornell, Coyle, and Clancy throughout my teen years.  I read LOTR when I was in high school but really didn't get into fantasy.

As far as fantasy goes, I started to read Harry Potter my sophomore year of college and got hooked on that series. I then started on ASOIAF and that opened the door a little wider and finally Mistborn blew the door wide open.

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« Reply #53 on: September 20, 2016, 06:48:42 PM »
A lot of you had good parents with great taste in reading :)

My 4 1/2 year old has started picking up "grown up" books (AKA books with mostly words) and asking me about them - I was thinking at first, "nah, she's not ready" but from reading this thread I think maybe we'll take a stab soon at something.

I want her to get a love of reading "big books" before she goes to school - as @DireWolfSnow said, some teachers can sadly make reading a chore.

Offline Pwibble

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« Reply #54 on: September 20, 2016, 08:29:45 PM »
Great question,
Not sure about what first got me into reading at all far too long ago, but my parents read lots of books to me as a child. Early fantasy? Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Usbourne books of Knights, Dragons etc and Narnia. Also books of greek and norse myths - again illustrated versions. These then led to reading a book called Bullfinch's Mythology which I think has classic mythology and tales of King Arthur and possibly more. Does Rupert Bear count? I can very specifically remember the first reading of the hobbit with my sister and parents on holiday in Scotland. I can also remember playing in "Mirkwood" near my grandparents house.
As a teenager I read lots of fantasy and not much else to my parents dismay. Then my mum gave me To Kill a Mockingbird, and that reminded me that despite most of the books I had to read at school (Far From the Madding Crowd - Bleargh) that non-fantasy books could be worth reading.
I read a lot of Piers Anthony, David Eddings, Terry Pratchett and of course everything David Gemmell ever wrote. I also remember lots of less well remembered series. They all reinforced the addiction. As did the warhammer books.
Now at the point of reading to and teaching my own children. Trying to think of the best gateway fantasy stories to inspire them. Picked up a book of "Fantasy Stories for Boys" (randomly sexist!) at the charity shop which has gone down well....

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« Reply #55 on: September 21, 2016, 06:52:44 PM »
It's all Peter V Brett's fault. I absolutely loved his first novel, and from there spread my wings into more epic stuff.

In fact, I've thanked him in person and we talked a little bit about his friend Myke Cole who's novels are also excellent (a great Urban Fantasy vibe to them if you haven't already checked them out)
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« Reply #56 on: December 30, 2017, 10:20:52 AM »
Thank you to all the authors I have read and will in the future.
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Re: Which novel got you into reading,which author would you like to thank
« Reply #57 on: December 30, 2017, 10:49:46 AM »

Thank you to all the authors I have read and will in the future.

And thank you to Eclipse, our resident level 100 cleric never afraid to perform yet another resurrection.


got me INTO fantasy?  margaret weis, tracy hickman, and dragonlance.  i'd poked at a couple other fantasy things -- shannara, xanth, random one-offs -- but when i found tanis half-elven and raistlin majere, i started consuming everything.

Okay I'm replying a year later (to the repeatedly resurrected thread :) ) but YES. I remember looking forward to being sick so I could stay home from school and read the Legends Omnibus, poor Caramon.  When I DMed we almost always played Dragonlance!

But man it's hard to figure out which one was first-- near the end of elementary school begining of middle school I was already hitting Tolkien and I think Lloyd Alexander and Roger Zelazny.  Middle school was every CS Lewis and Ursula LeGuin book, and by High School I was obsessed with Poe, Henry James, George Orwell, Frank Herbert, TH White and Robert Jordan.  Henry James really hooked me with ephemeral rhythms of the mind, Poe with poetic darkness, TH White pulled on the feels like no other-- but perhaps most importantly Herbert was the first book to blow my mind with what a book could really convey that no other medium could-- complexities of experience, place, culture and politics through time I don't think anything had blown my mind to that degree.  Orwell made me realize that writing could be meaningful, and Jordan made me experience what it's like to desperately want to read the next book (Until he died and errrr... there was Sanderson... ahem)

Probably I owe Orwell, Herbert and Jordan the most for the continued reading addiction.

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« Reply #58 on: December 30, 2017, 04:02:25 PM »
I can't remember; near as I can tell, I've always read. But I can remember falling in love with reading very clearly: it was Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles. Immediately after I devoured H.G. Wells and Jules Verne and then Heinlein and Norton and it was all SF all the time.

I added fantasy at sixteen when I came across a book called The Hobbit at my school library, followed at once by the trilogy (this was 1967 and there was only one trilogy, as far as I and my friends were concerned). At eighteen I discovered Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and things broadened out from there.

But if I have to thank one, it would be Mr Bradbury, without a doubt. That was the first book I was passionate about. Then again, I was fourteen, and prone to falling in love.
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Re: Which novel got you into reading,which author would you like to thank
« Reply #59 on: December 30, 2017, 04:57:37 PM »
I don't remember falling in love with reading. I've always been read to and then read on my own. At worst I have a reading slump and read only comics or manga for a few weeks before finding a novel that grips me, but I would not imagine I could "not read" unless I were exiled in some proper wilderness for a long time. Even ten I'd probably buy solar panels to keep my kindle going XD
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