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18 December 2013 @ 09:26 am
birthday books  

Upon the occasion of his 11th birthday, we gave our older nephew THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, A PRINCESS OF MARS and the Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes.

He opened the Shannara book and looked at it with great dubiousness, proclaiming, “I’ve never heard of Terry Brooks.”

“This time last year, you hadn’t heard of David Eddings, whom you now love,” I said.

“Oh yeah,” he said thoughtfully. “How did I find out about David Eddings?”

“Aunt Catie gave you the books,” my sister Deirdre said dryly, and he c said, “Oooooh….heh heh heh.”

As of last night he was halfway through the first book and asking my Dad to read it so they could discuss it. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 18th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
Aunt Catie for the win!
Jenindiana_j on December 18th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
As a life-long Terry Brooks fan - who started a little earlier than your nephew - I have two things to say:

a) MUWAHAHAHA
b) He's got something like 40 books out there, and more coming - welcome to the joy of having something to read FOREVER. :D
cypherindigo on December 18th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
A friend and I spent one winter reading the Belgariad out loud to each other.
Liralen Liliralen on December 18th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yay for introducing amazing authors to kids that love them! *laughs*
anthony_lionanthony_lion on December 18th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe he's old enough to also like the works of Fritz Leiber?

I mean, you can't go wrong with a book that contains Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. ;-)

Those books were what started my interest in Fantasy.

A large duckburger_eater on December 18th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
Excellent.

As a counterpoint, let me quote my own son when I gave him Sword of Shannara (or maybe it was a similar book) years ago:

"Dad, if there's a guy with a sword, and he has to travel far away to do something that will save everyone... Yeah. I'm not really into that."

My response: "Alien creature, get out of my home!"
kitmizkit on December 18th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
That seems like a perfectly reasonable response. :)
TuftEars: Wynxtuftears on December 18th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
You're giving him the gift of being able to read those books for the first time. ^_^
kitmizkit on December 18th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That's it exactly. :) <3 (And frankly, myself the gift of watching it!)
Carlton Maxc_maxx on December 24th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Have you ever read any Marion Zimmer Bradley?
kitmizkit on December 24th, 2013 07:16 am (UTC)
Not much; she mostly doesn't work for me as a reader. :)