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First fantasy novel you ever read - and how did it knock you off your feet?


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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012, 10:22:06 AM PDT
Stant Litore says:
For me too! I definitely want to reread Dune this summer.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012, 1:25:37 PM PDT
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Mrs. Garside says:
It's worth it. I read it again every 3-4 years. None of the sequels are anywhere near as good.

Posted on May 18, 2012, 4:04:03 PM PDT
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This is tough to remember (we're talking 40 years ago). The very first was a book of international fantasy tales of which the only one I remember was about these chinese guys who could do things like drink up all the water in the bay. I also remember reading Just So Stories and the first 30 Hardy Boys books around that time too. I think I was in the 3rd grade. It was at that point I was given Dune and the Hobbit. Never looked back after that. Early reads also included Heinlein's The Past Through Tomorrow, Howard's Conan the Cimmerian, Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books and (of course) LOTR.

Posted on May 18, 2012, 4:58:27 PM PDT
Jackie Lee says:
Keli - are you telling me Tarzan is a FANTASY??

Posted on May 18, 2012, 5:41:55 PM PDT
J. Bergin says:
First fantasy novel was The Hobbit -- assigned reading in the 7th grade. It changed my life because it turned me into a recreational reader.

Posted on May 18, 2012, 5:43:22 PM PDT
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Curmudgeon says:
Moon of the Three Rings, Andre Norton. Then the Witch World stories
Norton continues to blow me away with her elegant, minimalist style. She introduced the bones of the scene and let my mind take off

Posted on May 18, 2012, 7:21:03 PM PDT
The first one I remember reading was Robin McKinley's "Hero and the Crown" at the recommendation of my fourth(?) grade teacher. I wasn't the most popular child nor have I ever been the boys' favorite, so it was great to read about a heroine who was an outcast like me but kickass enough to kill her some dragons. :)

Posted on May 18, 2012, 9:19:24 PM PDT
Maren S says:
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I met her once. She was a very nice lady.

Posted on May 18, 2012, 9:39:33 PM PDT
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Posted on May 19, 2012, 4:54:51 AM PDT
Lynda Rogers says:
It was either Pawn Of Prophecy by David Eddings or Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. I read Pawn of Prophecy and the others in the Belgariad when I was sick for a week or so in year 7 ('nicked' them from my parents room, Dad took them back and I just 'nicked' them again). Wild Magic I remember coming home from school (year 7 again) and reading about a quarter of it before tea.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012, 4:18:34 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
I miss her.

Posted on May 19, 2012, 4:38:58 PM PDT
The lion the witch and the wardrobe was technically my first. It was required reading on a school reading list. I liked it because of Lucy's secret world. It was a place for her to go and be seperate from those who defined her by their relationships with her... though at the time I just liked the book because I did and my understang of genre was along the line of "hardy boys are for boys and the babysitters club is for girls ". I read. It didn't matter the material, if it was there I read it. Nexqt up would be the hobbit which I read after the first lotr movie appeared. To my utter astonishment, I loved the movie and had to read ALL of the books in order tocatch up. In the hobbit I was hooked on gandalf and his faith in bilbo. Ive not strayed from the genre for any significant period of time since. :)

Posted on May 19, 2012, 5:30:19 PM PDT
Wonderful tales, very clever.
Half Magic
Edward Eager (Author), N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator) (Author)

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012, 5:31:12 PM PDT
So do I. :-(

Posted on May 20, 2012, 8:22:19 PM PDT
I read the Oz books and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic. I enjoyed them, but it didn't hook me on fantasy.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 8:17:55 AM PDT
Z. Parker says:
Stranger in a Strange Land started my love of sci fi/fantasy!

Posted on May 21, 2012, 8:27:28 AM PDT
Juzbyosef says:
** The very first was a book of international fantasy tales of which the only one I remember was about these chinese guys who could do things like drink up all the water in the bay. **

Wow, just last week my friend and I were remembering that book about those Chinese guys. I think the name of the book was The 5 Chinese Brothers. It was part of a collection of stories, but we couldn't remember the name of the book.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 9:32:13 AM PDT
Maryam says:
The Narnia books and Andre Norton, by the time I was ten. Then a lot of SF, some of it by people who later became vary famous authors-Ace doubles, Heinlein and many others. The Once and Future King, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, The Crystal Cave. It was the sense of stepping outside the regular world, and reading about people in non-mundane situations.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 11:49:33 AM PDT
TravelingGal says:
I think Narnia was first but I read so much "kid's" fantasy (like E. Nesbit and Edward Eager) that I'm not positive. If it wasn't, it certainly made the biggest impression. Andre Norton and the Witch World series were definitely the ones that hooked me as I got older.
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Posted on May 21, 2012, 2:00:02 PM PDT
I enjoyed the Narnia books, but it didn't really get me into fantasy. Stranger in a Strange Land got me started on science fiction, although it is hardly typical.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 4:23:29 PM PDT
That sounds about right. I remember there being other tales in the book. I think it was part of a greater set, too.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 4:45:28 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
I think my first fantasy book as a kid was Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. I'd been reading science fiction for a while, mostly Heinlein's juvenile books, and was looking for more things to read in the small library's miniscule science fiction shelf.

I still reread Dragonsong and Dragonsinger every two or three years. They're kind of like comfort food.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012, 2:21:22 PM PDT
My first fantasy series was David Eddings: The Belgariad. I think David Eddings is overlooked as an author--sadly, because his books are fantastic! I followed this with Terry Brooks, Tad Williams, and every Dragonlance book written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman--the Death Gate Cycle too. Wow, maybe I need to go back and reread them, just writing this made me happy!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012, 3:30:21 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
I loved the Belgariad and Malloreon, as well as the books Belgarath and Polgara, but I really couldn't get into his other series. I keep hoping that someday his books will be available on the Kindle.

Posted on May 24, 2012, 10:18:08 AM PDT
I picked my first fantasy book was DragonFlight By the late Anne MccRaffrey and of course The hobbits in LOTR series and Narnia and in Star Trek ,Star wars, And Stargate
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