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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
What books first excited you about your favorite genres and caused you to read more?

Two come to mind for me.

Raymond Feist: Magician. I read the AD&D stuff as a teen but the level 2 fantasy like Goodkind and Brooks really turned me off of the genre. It wasn't until I read Feist that I really got in to fantasy literature.

Kim Harrison: Dead Witch Walking. I read DWW roughly two years ago not even knowing that 'urban fantasy' existed and I have read ~250 books in the genre since then.

Honorable mention goes to Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers. After I read that I read every book Heinlein wrote and then a few other authors like Scott Card, Herbert and Asimov. The only rub is that I didn't really stick with the sci-fi genre.

 

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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
sword of shannara is prolly responsible for hooking me on fantasy although thats somewhat murky, it might have actually been something piers anthony that did it. could have been the first few xanth books.

the early vampire books by anne rice are likely responsible for my interest in the paranormal genre even though they came out long before it was really an established genre.

various early stephen king novels would be what hooked me on horror. i got hell from my 8th grade english teacher for reading the stand in his class. he shut up after i proved to him i'd already read all assigned reading and done the paperwork for them laugh

i can't really remember what my earliest sci fi was. i think it might have been piers anthonys split infinity although its half sci-fi and half fantasy.

historical fiction was likely clan of the cave bear.

i'm not a big mystery reader and i can't say anything has ever hooked me on mystery. closest i come is preston and child and some urban fantasy like dresden files and the hollows.

 

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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
I read a collection called "The golden age of Science Fiction" when I was in grade school....and never looked back. I was a SciFi geek from that moment forward. My first heroes were Asimov and Heinlein.

I started reading fantasy novel in earnest in the 1980's after having fell in love with Lord of the Rings in the early 70's but having found nothing to equal them after that. I picked up "The colour of Magic" and was hooked forever. Terry Pratchett is god.

 

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dragonlance hooked me on fantasy. blush

 

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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
Yossarian_42 posted:


Raymond Feist: Magician. I read the AD&D stuff as a teen but the level 2 fantasy like Goodkind and Brooks really turned me off of the genre. It wasn't until I read Feist that I really got in to fantasy literature.


Honorable mention goes to Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers. After I read that I read every book Heinlein wrote and then a few other authors like Scott Card, Herbert and Asimov. The only rub is that I didn't really stick with the sci-fi genre.


You know, as much as we disagree on some things, we really do have similar taste. Although I would but Heinlein as way, way above honorable mention. Grandmaster is the correct phrase.

 

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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
Heinlein is my all time favorite author, I just don't think it applies to this topic as I was never a huge Sci-Fi reader beyond what he wrote.

One of my favorite quotes is from George RR Martin; paraphrased, 'If the Hugos gave an award for best author instead of best novel Heinlein would have won it every year from 1947 until his death'.

 

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I played the Sierra Online game Betrayal of Krondor, and found out they were based on a series of books by Raymond E. Feist. Read Magician and haven't stopped reading fantasy since.

 

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enders game i was 8 and have been a sifi fan ever since

 

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I read the Twilight series, and figured there had to be something better out there because the "idea" - or whatever - was awesome. I just looked up my ebooks.com account to see what the first one I bought was, and it was Be Still my Vampire Heart, by Kerrelyn Sparks. That series hooked me. After her I bought e-books almost every couple of days lol...Lara Adrian, Gena Showalter, Karen Chance, Kim Harrison, etc.

Which is funny, seeing that Kerrelyn Sparks' series was the first I bought, as I won her complete set autographed on eBay there a few months ago!

 

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A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs got me hooked on Sci-Fi. I found it on my dad's bookshelf when I was about 8-9 years old. Either before or after Star Wars came out in the theaters.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - Fantasy. My dad read those books to my brothers and I when we were kids, about 8-9 years old. happy

 

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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
Wheel of time book 1.

I had read both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings before I read that one, but wasn't hooked. Read "The eye of the World" and haven't read much other then fantasy since. (Except some sci-fi, including Heinlein happy )

 

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sci-fi, it was RAH, starship troopers. still one of my favorite reads. if i could, i'd get a dart board with paul verhoven's face on it. for westerns, it was Louis L'amour, the Sackett brand, 3rd of his Sackett family series. fantasy was the hobbit.

 

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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
First fantasy I read was The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Was hooked before even finishing The Hobbit.

 

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Subject: Books that hooked you on their genre.
long ago it was westerns, hopalong cassidy, the sackets, and many many more

now, i like cozies (mild, usually humorous mysteries, as apposed to your more hard boiled mysteries). there are many many authors and i honestly cant remember what first lead me to them.

 

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The Hobbit, read it when I was 10 or 11.

 

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Not sure which started it, read both of these around the same time and kinda got hooked on fantasy books after it...

Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold! by Terry Brooks
The Zork Chronicles by George Effinger

Shortly after that I started reading a lot of Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance books along with Piers Anthony and Robert Jordan.

Maybe they were proceeded by Bunnicula, a childrens book I read years earlier about a vampire rabbit that sucked carrot juice.

 

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Reading the Dragonlance books when I was in 6th grade.

Haven't looked back since.

 

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Frank Herbert's Dune. Was hooked from there.

 

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Never could have guessed that...Vlad

 

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vn_jurojin posted:
Never could have guessed that...Vlad


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Dragonlance :P Got me into RPG's

 

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Can't really say. The two that come to mind are Chronicles of Narnia and Incarnations of Immortality, though Anthony's Xanth series was entertaining for me at a young age as well.

 

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