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Andre Norton

I started out reading child versions of King Arthur and Greek and Roman mythology. When I was 8 I read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. After this came Narnia and Earthsea.

It wasn't until Andre Norton where I discovered reading Science Fiction. I actually started out reading some of Norton's Witch World books and then, because I enjoyed them so much decided to give one of her "other" books a try. And I began devouring any Andre Norton book I could get my hands on. I received many as birthday and christmas gifts. I saved up my money and took the long bus ride from the Bronx to Cross County Mall to buy some. I even read whatever the school library had.

We recently moved and half of my books are still in boxes (where they will remain for a while as I don't have enough shelf space for them all). Today, I was rearranging my boxes, specifically moving my Andre Norton box up to the top when I decided to count how many Andre Norton books I actually own.

It turns out I own 47 Andre Norton books. And I know I've read at least 20 more from libraries over the years.

This places Andre Norton at the top of my most read and most owned author.

And in case anyone is interested I'd have to say The Crystal Gryphon is probably my favorite.

That said, Here Abide Monsters and the Witch World books have been more influential than anything except Tolkien's work on my early development in world building and storytelling.

I've heard for many other people Andre Norton was a similar bridge from Fantasy to Science Fiction.

Do you have an author who opened up a whole new reading world for you?


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Sep. 8th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
I don't think it was a single book or author for me. At some point between the ages of 10 and 14, I started reading my dad's Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and then searching out more works by the authors whose stories I'd enjoyed. Before that, I'd read a lot of mysteries, because that's what my mother enjoyed. But, our house was also full of books, with many floor to ceiling bookshelves, and my mom took us to the library on a regular basis. Exactly what I was reading when becomes a very fuzzy line, unless I can peg my reading to a dated event. I've got a memory of noticing The Hobbit in a boy's hands back in third grade, but I didn't read it until after I'd read The Lord of the Rings when I was thirteen (and pretended illness, so I had an excuse to stay home and finish the whole trilogy *g*).
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
Stephen King is my Andre Norton. I started with 'Salem's Lot at twelve and I'm still going strong. I have a bookcase devoted to my collection.

I love fantasy too. I especially like the authors David Gemmell and C.S.Friedman. My favorite fantasy author and book is Raymond E. Feist's Magician. I haven't read any Andre Norton, but will check out the library's collection and give one a go.

I'm going to add you to my list of "friends". I enjoyed your blog entries and think you will provide insight for my current project which is a middle-grade fantasy adventure.

Nice to "meet" you.
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