mcmullea at kl.com
Tue Aug 31 12:23:28 EDT 1999
Melissa wrote about recommending books to her young friend:
"Yesterday my husband spoke to both her and the boy's father and it
> they are relaxing a little because they trust us to guide him."
This is the part where I would have said - Mwah Haa haa Haaa! Hmm,
but then I wouldn't be trusted to do any guiding ;)
"(We have also been requested to put in a good word about not
reading until one's
> chores are done. Since I have laundry that has been sitting in my living
> room for four days, unfolded, I am perhaps the wrong person to send on
> task--but I'm afraid I was a little preoccupied with Miles Vorkosigan this
lol! They probably wouldn't want it mentioned about keeping a
flashlight concealed in the bed for late night reading under the covers....
though personally I wonder - wouldn't anyone's childhood/growing up be
enhanced by this experience?
I don't know what I would recommend to a first time Jones reader -
like others have said, it depends on the reader. I think I gave my b.f.
Archer's Goon first and held back on the Dalemark until he was well commited
to reading dwj.
I remember trying to get people to read Drowned Ammet first when I
was in junior high and high school, but that was a tactical error.
Fanaticism tends to put people off, I've found. <eg> lol! Plus, sometimes
people need to coax themselves toward something different to their previous
reading experiences - and something too different will seem distasteful if
there's been no chance to develop a taste for it. That's how I rationalized
my disappointment when they didn't like Drowned Ammet, at any rate ;)
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