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Your First Time posted 23 Feb 2007, 19:02 by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Im sure that for most of you there was a single novel that took you on such an adventure or an emotional ride that from then on you were hooked. You continue to search for a similar experience somtimes succesfully and sometimes in vain, in new novels and with new authours. I am curious to know what that novel was for you. for me it was 1984 by George Orwell. The emotions, suspense, and possibilities left me searching for more. By listing your first we will all be able to add onto our ever growing "still need to read" list. view post

posted 23 Feb 2007, 20:02 by Harrol, Moderator

Wel I am a little embarassed to say it was the Hobbit when I was 13 years old. view post

posted 24 Feb 2007, 18:02 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

This is really a hard one because two series did it for me Dune, and Lord of the Rings but it was probably Dune simply because of the size and scope of Herbert's imagination throughout the novels, though not to say Tolkien did anything but encourage me to continue. view post

posted 25 Feb 2007, 21:02 by Scilvenas, Auditor

I read The Hobbit a few times when I was younger, about seven or eight years old, but I didn't really take an interest in fantasy or sci-fi until I was about 12 or so. Read a couple Piers Anthony books, a few McCaffery, but then really got hooked on Dragonlance. *shrug* As I matured, so did my taste in books. view post

posted 26 Feb 2007, 15:02 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

hard to say.. i have always been an avid reader, since i was about 4. i read all kinds of things, adventure, mystery, fantasy, non-fiction of all sorts. never really had a defining moment/book. view post

posted 26 Feb 2007, 16:02 by Buckethead, Peralogue

I was 13 when i read the hobbit, then lord of the rings, then the hobbit, then lord of the rings.... i just read the hobbit again a month ago. I'm not embarrased to say these are still four of my favorite books. view post

posted 26 Feb 2007, 21:02 by Nauticus, Auditor

I've read a ton of books, but the only books I recall that did it for me were Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice, both from Steven Erikson. view post

posted 01 Mar 2007, 07:03 by Curethan, Didact

Stormbringer, M. Moorcock. Read it when I was 11, straight after LotR. Gotta love the ending - never equalled. view post

posted 05 Mar 2007, 19:03 by Holsety, Candidate

[i:30g4id4m]Taran Wanderer[/i:30g4id4m], prolly when I was about 5-9 years of age. view post

posted 25 Mar 2007, 03:03 by Zarathinius, Auditor

I was always a reader, but I was fixated on nerdy science stuff for the first several years of my life. I didn't move to fantasy until... shucks, was it [i:3dt3c2bj]Harry Potter[/i:3dt3c2bj] or [i:3dt3c2bj]The Hobbit[/i:3dt3c2bj]? One of those two. edit: Actually, now that I've thought about it, the book that really drew me in and fascinated me was [i:3dt3c2bj]Mythago Wood[/i:3dt3c2bj]. I still use the term [i:3dt3c2bj]mythago[/i:3dt3c2bj] to describe certain things. view post

posted 26 Mar 2007, 06:03 by Jamara, Auditor

That's hard. Tolken, C. S. Lewis, and Dragonlance, all got me started, but I really don't think any of them had that hugely emotion changing impact for me. There were two books though that did hit that nail right on the head. Game of Thrones (Martin) and Ishmael (Quinn). view post

posted 07 Aug 2007, 21:08 by Chigra, Commoner

Without a doubt, Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. I was quite young when I first read them, and it's strange that as I've grown up, as I've become more emotionally complex, the books have grown up with me. I know, it sounds cliched, but it's true. Also, I'm not afraid to admit that they were the first and only books I've ever cried about, and probably would again if I picked them up today. view post

posted 10 Aug 2007, 15:08 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Like many others The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when I was a kid. I think I read them both for the first time when I was in the 4th-5th grade or something (I think I read Jurassic Park, the book before it became a movie, which was also around the same age). I was hooked on fantasy from that point on. Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels have been my favourite form of fiction ever since. view post

posted 21 Aug 2007, 10:08 by xatantius, Candidate

I'm a pretty wide reader, but the best book I have [i:1divaqgr]ever[/i:1divaqgr] read EVER is 'The Power of One' by Bryce Courtenay. It's not fantasy, it's set in 1940s South Africa and is an amazing and deeply moving book. The ending had me literally yelling 'Wow!' for ten minutes. view post

posted 10 Sep 2007, 04:09 by seaflower, Commoner

When I was younger I read a historical novel about the experiences of a King's Daughter in the fur trader days of Quebec (Can you tell I am Canadian?) But one book that shook me to the core as an adult was, Mist of Avalon. Highly detailed, strong characters that seem to break from the pages and a story that explored a long range of ideas and emotions in one tome. I love you Marion Zimmer Bradley. view post

posted 20 Sep 2007, 12:09 by slh_2000, Commoner

The first stand alone novel that officially set the bar for me was Imagica by Clive Barker. To this day, that bar has yet to be raised. The first series? A series called Mystic Worrior (15-19 yo). I can't recall the author. The second, the almighty Necroscope by Brian Lumley (20 yo to present). view post

posted 22 Oct 2007, 07:10 by Flash, Commoner

The Book That did it for me was "Instrumentality of Mankind" by Cordwainer Smith(aka as Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger) I mean I read books before But it was the First book I ever read that Just left me breathless,I think It's the reason I read Sf and Fantasy other then things they haven't made a movie out of,is because of that book.Hell I'm sad to Say that the reason I picked up Dune, was Because of the Movie.I'm a very Picky Reader,I wont read anything That Is not in a word Epic and to this Day I have YET to read anything as Truly unique as The Instrumentality of Mankind.Its simply old Sf Pulp at its best(even in its current state).Ive Read most of the books that have been posted in this thread And Most of them are in My top ten favorites but I have to Say That Book,is what Keeps Me Reading Great books Like the PoN. In My case tho My First was and is my best. view post

posted 22 Oct 2007, 15:10 by Israfel, Peralogue

Mmm, some interesting sounding things here, shall have to check them out. For me, definitely the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. Absolutely amazingly well crafted book with an engaging main character, great storyline, subtle points to consider and with random words for things that you can actually look up if confused... view post

posted 01 Nov 2007, 15:11 by Sea_Cucumber, Candidate

You guys will probably never have heard of this, but the fantasy book I came back to over and over again was called the Changeling Prince, when I was about 12. Otherwise, The hobbit i read about 58 times, tLotR i read a few, the Wheel of Time, forgotten realms stuff wehn I was younger (yeah, i loved Drizzt, I'll admit it) But still no fantasy has ever felt this...worthy.epic.classy.complex.distinct. Nothing written that I have read has ever felt so perfectly flawed as the characters and events of these books. Possibly Ondaatje. That's high praise, Mr. Bakker. view post

Re: Your First Time posted 22 Jun 2008, 06:06 by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Shadowdale, the first book of the Avatar Trilogy. I saw it on a shelf in some used bookstore in middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. Read it in one day. The rest of the series (Aside for the inferior follow up Crucible which was released 10 years after the series was released) proved to me that fantasy can be dark, dreary and morbid. Excellent series. I would say that the books were the first real foray into the fantasy genre that I truly enjoyed. view post

Re: posted 24 Jun 2008, 16:06 by carlsefni, Peralogue

[quote="Harrol":11odsv2b]Wel I am a little embarassed to say it was the Hobbit when I was 13 years old.[/quote:11odsv2b] No worries -- I think I can join the choir of people citing [i:11odsv2b]The Hobbit[/i:11odsv2b] and [i:11odsv2b]LOTR[/i:11odsv2b] as their early "it blew my mind" reading experiences. Actually, I really resisted reading The Hobbit. having caught a glimpse of the animated version on TV when I was 4 or 5 and it looked [i:11odsv2b]scary[/i:11odsv2b]! :o My mother actually had to sit me down and start reading it aloud to me when I was about 8 or so -- and within a few chapters I was too hooked for wait for her to finish. I ripped through the rest myself and launched straight on to LOTR. I also remember, probably slightly later by around 12 or 13, reading Alan Garner's [i:11odsv2b]Weirdstone of Brisingamen[/i:11odsv2b]/[i:11odsv2b]Moon of Gomrath[/i:11odsv2b] duo and Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydein". Memory of those has stuck with me, too, for whatever reason. (Though now that I think about it, I also remember putting off reading the Alexander books because one had a picture of the Horned King on the cover and he, too, looked [i:11odsv2b]scary[/i:11odsv2b]! :shock:) Also being a historical fiction fan, I remember reading around the same time as those Rosemary Sutcliffe's [i:11odsv2b]The Shield Ring[/i:11odsv2b] and Henry Treece's "Viking Saga" trilogy -- and then, of course, every other book I could find by those authors. In that vein, I also then soon found Frans G. Bengtsson's [i:11odsv2b]The Long Ships[/i:11odsv2b], which is still one of my favourite books. I think my Swedish is too rusty these days to read the original language version again, but the English translation is quite good (IMO), and it's a [u:11odsv2b]fab[/u:11odsv2b] book in all events. view post

Re: Your First Time posted 09 Jul 2008, 00:07 by Trinket, Candidate

One of the best fantasy books I've ever read (and still do read, as I've read all my books at least 3 times), is called "The Curse of Chalion"by Lois McMaster Bujold. The characters are very believable, and the writing has a certain style to it that just tends to draw me in every time. If you're looking for something to do while you wait for The Aspect Emperor series, pick it up and give it a spin. Capiche? view post

Re: Your First Time posted 17 Jul 2008, 06:07 by Cironian, Peralogue

I was born into an entire family of avid readers, and I have to say I've gladly followed suit. Although I can't remember any first book that "hooked" me, 'Catcher in the Rye' changed my life small-scale, possibly. I still don't know whether it was for the better or for the worse, but I'm guessing there were both. I was 15 when I read it, and it was so much better than 'Lord of the Flies,' the other classic we were supposed to read in English that year. If I had to say there was a first book, I'd say it was 'Silverwing', by Kenneth Oppel. I was about, oh what, 10 at the time? Great book, no matter how old you are, although much more catching when you're young. Lacking in thick plot and philosophy, but still an awesome book, in my opinion. view post

Re: Your First Time posted 22 Aug 2008, 23:08 by Cnaiür, Peralogue

I've been reading since I was too young to remember, starting with books on animals to Curious George to Choose Your Own Adventures to Sherlock Holmes to Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books to Stephen king books to Jim Morrison poetry (which really got me savagely going with writing), up until I was 15... but the one that opened my brain up was when I was seventeen: [b:36gtq5wi]John Fowles - The Collector[/b:36gtq5wi]. Something about it really kicked me and my brain into gear. I'm no butterfly collector and I've never trapped any woman in my house, but, there was just that... [i:36gtq5wi]something[/i:36gtq5wi] - something about the 2 perspectives, something about both characters' thoughts and emotions - just something I really related to that really got me going. view post

Re: Your First Time posted 17 Jan 2009, 03:01 by Isûphiryas, Candidate

In comparison to my younger days, I am not the reader I used to be. I started with Hardy Boys mystery books and an informational book called "Tell Me Why". Actually the only classic that I enjoyed was Lord of the Flies. I think the two novels that influenced the reading I do now were "Black Company" by Glen Cook and of course "The Hobbit". The other influence for me would have to be the pencil and paper role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Realizing that there was more to reading than Shakespeare...which I appreciate more now than when I was a child....I probably called it a complete waste of time when I was younger :lol: ...... that I have completely dated myself... :roll: view post

Re: Your First Time posted 24 Jan 2009, 22:01 by AJD, Candidate

For me it was reading John Grisham at 14. I read A Time To Kill and then blew through the rest of his stuff then oddly moved onto Crichton. My first foray into fantasy was like everyone else pretty much. The Hobbit, I loved that series up until the third false ending. I still enjoyed the hell out of it though. The last thing(s) I read that really connected with me in the fantasy genre were The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss and The Lies of Locke Lamorra (one of the funnest experiences I have ever had was just reading the book, I know I am boring) by Scott lynch. view post

Re: Your First Time posted 08 Jun 2009, 19:06 by Ilyich, Commoner

The Soulforge (The Raistlin Chronicles) view post

Re: Your First Time posted 24 Aug 2009, 03:08 by Mochi, Commoner

Benjamin the True. I was 3 years old. My babysitter had an old copy of this now out-of-print book. I made her read it to me every time she tucked me in for bed. Many years later, I obtained a copy for myself. It's still my favorite. It has everything a kid could need in a fantasy novel--a mysterious witch, an anti-social and frightening old man who lives in a house full of dust and creepy old things, mysterious disappearances, and transport via flying birch pole, all experienced by a young boy named Benjamin. view post

Re: Your First Time posted 14 Apr 2010, 02:04 by Trinket, Candidate

The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold. This is the first book I read that instantly became my favourite. I don't have a copy anymore but I'm sure I will again someday. view post


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