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Old 10-20-2008, 02:24 PM
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Default So who/what made you a fantasy fan?

Geek Monkey posted on this at unbound and I like rthe subject.
Who were the authors and what were the books that first drew you into fantasy?
For me as a child I started with the usual, CS Lewis and otherwise wasn;t much into fantasy until I was about 13 and got introduced to Clive Barker. When I came across Weaveworld I was hooked and my reading habits changed forever.
More recently I borrowed the first Kelley Armstrong "otherworld" novel and got drawn into Urban Fantasy. Essentially though, my reading habits have changed little int he last 17 years.
How about you?
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:03 AM
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It probably sounds odd, but I sort of got into sci-fi/fantasy reading because it's what my dad read. So I saw the covers, then went looking for stuff like it. A lot of little-kids books are fantasy (tell me Clifford the Big Red Dog isn't a magical creature ) and I loved those.

I don't remember specifically what my first fantasy influences were; I think it might really have been the Chronicles of Amber that I read in 7th grade. I followed those up with some of Mercedes Lackey - Diana Tregarde and SERRAted Edge. The earliest sci-fi I remember reading was Asimov's "Norby the Robot" books, which I tore through in 4th-5th grade. And let me add the Stranger in a Strange Land is not a good book to be reading in 8th grade, even if you're smart enough to grok most of the words.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:12 AM
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Aside from liking Star Wars in 1977 when it was in the theater (and I was 6), I collected comic books. Not heavy collecting, just buying an issue here and there and wearing it out. Though I did have all of the old Star Wars comics. Skip forward to the summer between 4th and 5th grade, and my mom took me to the community college library and I checked out Doctor Dolittle. That was probably my first fantasy/sci fi book. From there, CS Lewis, Jules Verne, and then I started reading my brothers' book collections. John Carter of Mars, Tarzan, wasn't allowed to read the Piers Anthony at that age though.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:38 PM
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For me it started with CS Lewis and Lloyd Alexander. I devoured the tales, and went looking for more. Dragonlance was part, as was Eddings.

I don't recall any concious decisions to be into fantasy.

As for urban fantasy, one of my favorite series of books is Robert B. Parker's Spenser mysteries. Combining that with Fantasy, (assuming it was done well), was a sure win.
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For me? Comics and Greek mythology. I learned to read from Asterix books and the first real books I read were about Greek mythology -- I was big fan of Robert Graves, in particular.
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My grammar school had a complete Bullfinch's Mythology, but it was for reference only.

I would go in, sit down and read it at one of the tables at every free moment until I finished it.
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I'm Irish and was raised from infanthood on stories of the fey and ancient Ireland. It was an easy step from there.
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I was a very, very precocious reader and raided my dad's bookshelf early.

I read The Hobbit and LOTR at around six years old. It only got worse from there.
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I started with Hardy boys and Nancy Drew. That led inevitably to Tom Swift, the Three Investigators, and the Skylark series..


Then came Perry Rhodan.
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My father, upon discovering the happy news that his first grade kid had learned to read (I notably was soundly failing all the first grade reading activities until that point) dug out his copy of Tolkien's Trilogy and gave it to me to read

This did take rather a while (well into the summer) to successfully happen
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