Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Fri Feb 7 18:15:52 EST 2003

Hallie said:

>- The Wizard of Earthsea (not sure when I read the other books, but 
>I think it was later)

Widdy hangs his head in shame. I can't believe I left this off my 
list. This is up there with Harriet for me. I remember reading this 
over and over again, both at home and standing in the fiction section 
of our school library. One of my strongest memories of elementary 
school is standing the library in 4th grade with this book in my hand 
for minutes at a time adming th cover: half man/half bird. Thankfully 
when I finally bought a copy of this book myself years later (you 
know, once you've borrowed it from the library so many times (at 
least 20) you might as well own it!) I got a copy at a used book 
store with this cover.

This book is also the reason I have a small (very small) fixation on 
fonts: It uses linotype Pilgrim which is, hands down, my favorite 
serif font. This was the Puffin edition with a 1977 printing date. 
I'm not sure if this edition was available in the US - I grew up in 

Oh dear, now my weekend reading is getting out of hand.

Is anyone else constantly torn between the desire to reread 
favourites and read new books?

Fairy tales are not true--fairy tales are important, and they are not 
true, they are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons 
exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.
G.K. Chesterton

Ian W. Riddell
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