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    I wouldn't recommend the Space Trilogy for kids. I tried Out of the Silent Planet when I was maybe 10 or 11, and it was a weird experience. Didn't read it again until I was in my 20s, I think.

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    The older lad is nearly ready for Terry Pratchett's Discworld. And the younger older ones ones should be good for his Carpet People and the Bromilliad series (and Maybe the Johnny series...but read it first)
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    I found those really tough going, for some reason.
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    I wouldn't recommend the Space Trilogy for kids. I tried Out of the Silent Planet when I was maybe 10 or 11, and it was a weird experience. Didn't read it again until I was in my 20s, I think.
    I really liked science fiction as a kid so that may make a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robrecht View Post
    I really liked science fiction as a kid so that may make a difference.
    So did I. I read a lot of Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton growing up, as well as a few anthologies of 50's/60's SF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    So did I. I read a lot of Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton growing up, as well as a few anthologies of 50's/60's SF.
    Arthur C. Clarke was my favorite, then a huge collection edited by Asimov of very short stories ruined the longer works for me. The essence of the idea, distilled into the minimally publishable unit. This was taken to the extreme by Kurt Vonnegut's thumbnail sketches of the works of Kilgore Trout, each encapsulated into a small paragraph with a mind blowing idea. From there it was a natural progression to Voltaire in high school and the Colloquies of Erasmus in college. But I digress.
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    There's a good list over on John C. Wright's blog here:

    http://www.scifiwright.com/2014/11/building-a-library/

    I've bought the complete Father Brown mysteries and will be picking up the Chronicles of Prydain when I next visit England, I also found a used copy of Mad Scientists' Club and some Calvin and Hobbes books for basically just postage, so I grabbed those, plus a lot of Robert Louis Stevenson classics for free on kindle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Zwycky View Post
    There's a good list over on John C. Wright's blog here:

    http://www.scifiwright.com/2014/11/building-a-library/

    I've bought the complete Father Brown mysteries and will be picking up the Chronicles of Prydain when I next visit England, I also found a used copy of Mad Scientists' Club and some Calvin and Hobbes books for basically just postage, so I grabbed those, plus a lot of Robert Louis Stevenson classics for free on kindle.
    If you're looking for comics, Foxtrot is good too.
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