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Favourite Books

So, digitalwave was asking about favourite books and I thought I'd just post my own thoughts.

My favourite author is Robert B Parker. He wrote a series of novels about a private detective called Spenser. One of those books is a particular favourite. It's called Early Autumn.

Just to summarise, Spenser is called in to help a fifteen year old boy who is caught in the middle of a messy divorce. Neither of his parents really want him and the boy is a mess, emotionally and physically. At first, it's just so he can get the boy back from his father and take him to his mother, who has custody. Only he gets the sense that she doesn't really give two hoots about the boy and only wants him because she thinks his father wants him.

Anyway, there's a bit of criminal activity going on and to protect him, Spenser takes the boy out into the wilderness where he starts teaching the kid about autonomy, becoming his surrogate father. He doesn't have kids of his own, but he is in a long-term relationship and this causes issues.

Still, there are some important lessons in the story. It makes me wish I had a mentor like Spenser when I was that age. I probably wouldn't be as screwed up as I am now. I've read the book several times and I still love it.

I do have a classic literature favourite. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. It's not for amateurs, I will say that. In paperback form, it is over 1200 pages and it is very heavy going. I couldn't say for sure how long it would take me to read it. Probably about a week if I was just reading for those few days, but then again, I have read about 400 pages in one night. Yes, I have seen the movies but I still prefer the book. Many years ago, my mother found Classics Illustrated comics and this story was one of them. I had those comics for years. I still haven't read the Prisoner of Zenda or Don Quixote - I had the comics versions of those, but the Count is still my preference.

One book I read when I was in my teens was The Changeover, by Margaret Mahy (a New Zealand author). She mostly wrote children's books and this was one of her first forays into teenage fiction. The Changeover is about a girl who is a 'sensitive'. I guess she can tune into the supernatural world. Unlike a certain show, which I won't name, but does seem to have a negative angle about witchcraft, this is about some good people who practice the craft and they work together with the girl to save her little brother when a demon, or whatever he is, tries to take the boy's life force. The changeover means she becomes a witch. It's a little bit like Charmed, where the witches have 'natural-born' powers. The girl also falls in love with a teenage boy who is one of the witches. It's completely fantastical but I do love the story.

I've always wanted to write a sequel of a sort to The Changeover, exploring the two teenagers' lives when they're grown up and married and have a family of their own. Maybe I will one day, but probably only as a fanfic type thing. Margaret Mahy sadly passed away not too long ago.

I've always been a reader. That and writing I guess go hand in hand. I've had some other favourites over the years but these three are my absolute favourites.

I'd love to read about your favourites too.

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jlvsclrk
Dec. 28th, 2014 07:49 am (UTC)
I have two sets of favourites: treasured classics and trusty re-reads. Austen is the only author who falls in both categories, although I suppose Tolkien could almost be considered a classic by now (genre snobbery notwithstanding). Most of my re-reads are sci-fi: McCaffery's Pern books, everything by Lois McMaster Bujold and Connie Willis, Weber's Honorverse and A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge. There's more too: Dorothy Sayers, Colleen McCullough's Rome books, Mary Renault... I do love my books!

I've never read Parker. I'll definitely have to check out Early Autumn - thanks for the rec!

phoenixnz
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:13 am (UTC)
It's one of his early ones in the Spenser series, but still my favourite. If you've ever seen a tv series called Spenser For Hire, with Robert Urich, that's the character. I think they did a few episodes based on the novels and a couple of tv movies also.
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