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Old 10-19-2013, 01:02 PM   #16
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Well sorry it's off topic. But that doesn't change the fact that Dresden has Matrix written on his staff in Japanese. Weird.
I'm afraid that you'd have to ask the artist who painted it that way to get an answer.

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Old 10-19-2013, 03:26 PM   #17
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The first series I remember being hooked on was Lucy Maude Montgomery, The Story Girl. I had read her other books by he time I was 7 and they were okay, but the Story Girl enthralled me. Next it was the Sacketts, by Louis L'amour. Go figure.

Another book/series I remember fondly from childhood is The Mouse That Roared, by Leonard Wibberley.

About 12 I discovered SF and it was Heinlein, Delaney, Asimov, Lieber etc. for many a year, interspersed with Taylor Caudwell, Leon Uris, and a fair chunk of Shakespeare.

The book that made me think the most is quite possibly Lord of the Flies. I didn't actually find it a fun read, but it still comes to mind on occasion.

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Loved the Sackett books.
Gotta agree, nobody would read Lord of the Flies for fun, but it will be one of the most enduring 20th century novels.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #18
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #19
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Loved the Sackett books.
Gotta agree, nobody would read Lord of the Flies for fun, but it will be one of the most enduring 20th century novels.
Indeed.

On the Sacketts, and dusters in general. I work in an aboriginal community 5 months a year. Last year I sold one of my spare ereaders to a guy who had all the Louis L'amour books in paper and ebook, but didn't like carrying them around from job to job or reading them on his laptop. People over 40 read a lot in the north. Many of them are reading dusters. I find it a bit odd, that a fairly belligerent community as to aboriginal rights are reading books that refer to them as Indians. Mostly they get right in the tourists faces if they call them Indians. Not saying it is wrong just a tad peculiar.

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Old 10-19-2013, 04:54 PM   #20
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Franklin W. Dixon and The Hardy Boys series.
In my Teen years it was Ian Fleming and James Bond.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:12 PM   #21
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The 'Adventure' series of books by Willard Price were the first books that I remember actively seeking out and devouring. I loved them.

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Old 10-19-2013, 07:50 PM   #22
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The big influences in my youngest reading were Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, and the various writers of the Perry Rhodan series (those translated into English in the 1960's). Honorable mention has to go to Ace Books, the most available SF publisher of that age to me.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:12 PM   #23
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Great stuff so far! Already some familiar names, as we as some I'm not so familiar with (perfect!). I appreciate reading the stories so far, and I'm looking forward to more...
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:04 PM   #24
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Lewis Carroll, and later Asimov - LeGuin - Clarke - McCaffrey - Tolkien - Lewis - L'Engle - Shelley, set me up for a life of loving speculative fiction.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:47 PM   #25
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I read a lot of nancy drew and hardy boys as a kid, but my favorite has been Stephen King since I was like 7....is that weird lol
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:37 AM   #26
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I read voraciously from a very early age, so there are many authors to choose from. However, the ones who really stands out are Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens and the many authors, translators, and scholars behind One Thousand and One Nights.
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Conan Doyle for his Shelock Holmes (for fun) and Thomas Hardy (for school.) I read Hardy's The Return of the Native in HS for a class and I just loved it all. I went on to read many of his other novels on my own later. It was like I lived on a heath at times. Aside from A Tale of Two Cities I never got into Dickens.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:43 AM   #28
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Simak and Asimov are the two authors I can remember noticing when I was young, and in particular, Simak's Way Station and a collection of Asimov's shorter fiction that included "Sally"
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:18 PM   #29
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Heinlein got me to enjoy reading.
Bradbury got me to think about what I was reading.
Burroughs got me to visualize what I was reading.
Clavell got me to branch out from scifi.

I thank them all!!
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