Your favorite first book

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Your favorite first book

Post by steve » September 10th, 2010, 9:12 pm

First books are mostly blah affairs.

But if an author is exceptional, talent is evident from the start.

My favorite first book is Walter Tevis's THE HUSTLER. It was based on a short story he published, and the novel is first-rate all around.

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Read one of the best stories by Borges.

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by One of the Mad Ones » September 11th, 2010, 3:30 am

This is easy because I just read it: Carole Maso's GHOST DANCE.

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by Mira » September 11th, 2010, 6:15 pm

The Hobbit. Can I count that? Or does it have to be more recent?

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by Down the well » September 13th, 2010, 5:43 pm

The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue. Such a strange book, but I thought it was haunting and brilliant.

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by craig » September 13th, 2010, 7:01 pm

WARCHILD by Karin Lowachee.

Blew my away. It was my first juicy taste of (1) darker sci-fi, and (2) intensely character driven sci-fi.

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by Nathan Bransford » September 16th, 2010, 12:02 am

I'd have to go with FRANKENSTEIN.

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by maggie » September 17th, 2010, 1:07 am

Little House on the Prairie. I learned to read on those books and I was obsessed with them. I even went through a phase at age 3 or 4 where I actually wore bonnets because I wanted to be just like the Ingalls girls. There is photo evidence (thanks a lot, Mom) and my husband will never let me live it down. :)

EDIT: Ha. Oops. I read the title of this thread and didn't read the first post well enough and took it as the first book that was your favorite, like when you were little. I was amazed at how incredibly sophisticated all of your tastes were when you were small children... I get it now. I should not try to post on the forums in the middle of the night when my brain is not fully functional. :)
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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by GerriB » September 17th, 2010, 6:52 pm

Legend by David Gemmell. One of the best first novels I've ever read. It didn't read like a first novel. Imagine my disappointment when I went to look for more of his books and there weren't any! Aargh! But eventually, there were. I was quite sad when I heard he died. :(

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by Leonidas » September 17th, 2010, 9:40 pm

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by Prudence » September 18th, 2010, 12:50 am

My favorite first book was Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed. The entire series nurtured my love of reading, really, but that was the first chapter book I remember finishing and loving.

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by TuraLura » September 18th, 2010, 2:42 am

Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare, which marked a return to reading historical romance for me. This book made me remember why I used to be so addicted to the (sub)genre.

Coming in a very close second is Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. Woah. That book was freaky and intense and awesome.

I actually just joined the forums to post in this thread. I'm hoping to be active around the boards, but not tonight. It is about 2:30 am after all. ^_^

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by stephendag » September 18th, 2010, 9:23 am

More recent: She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb--love his pop culture and history refs.
Of all time: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee--it never ceases to amaze me.

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Re: Your favorite first book

Post by arbraun » September 18th, 2010, 9:56 pm

Gord Rollo's The Jigsaw Man. Not only was it phenomenal, but also he showed you don't have to use twenty dollar words. Five centers did him well. I only remember one big word from the book, and I already knew what it meant.

Yes, it's true: even with most great authors, their first book is usually average.

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