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I probably should add my first SF book as well, although I don't read a lot of it. It was Sword of the Lamb, by M K Wren.
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 Post subject: Re: First Fantasy / Science Fiction novel that you read
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:23 pm 
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The Dark Is Rising, The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring and the Narnia books as a little kid, but I wasn't really hooked until 11, when I read Dragonflight and Julian May's Jack the Bodiless.

Haven't really looked back since.


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 Post subject: Re: First Fantasy / Science Fiction novel that you read
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:48 am 
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I would have thought Julian May to be a bit too adult for an 11 year old. Have you gone back and re-read it since?


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 Post subject: Re: First Fantasy / Science Fiction novel that you read
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I have indeed; they're special favourites of mine.

Jack the Bodiless at 11 is a slightly confusing, very exciting psychics romp. Apart from the framing story, it's very accessible to stand alone because it reads quite well as a teenage coming-of-age story for Marc, Jack and the Hydra. Diamond Mask works quite similarly as a female teenage coming-of-age sequel to Jack, though there is more of the Marc and Mental Man stuff going down. Magnificat was the one where the most went over my head back then.

Intervention was only readable at 11 because I was already in love with long, windy stories that tell you things in snippets, footnotes and very long digressions.

I couldn't get my hands on the Saga of the Exiles til I was older.


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 Post subject: Re: First Fantasy / Science Fiction novel that you read
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I couldn't get my hands on the Saga of the Exiles til I was older.

That would have meant a different perspective, as the first series explains the origin of one of the alien races in the later series, which is significant.


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That would have meant a different perspective, as the first series explains the origin of one of the alien races in the later series, which is significant.


Let's just say... YES. The very last line of Intervention, "Good night, Uncle Rogi", reads very differently if you first meet Marc as a precocious child, rather than as the Angel of the Abyss. I actually find it clever, because the line is quite reassuring if you come to Intervention via Jack the Bodiless and Diamond Mask, whereas I can see how it becomes a "We're screwed, aren't we?" moment if you come in from Saga of the Exiles.


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Yes, I do remember that line. Julian May would do that, finish a novel with a one line cliff hanger. Fury was identified that way too.


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