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(London Times)   The 160 books boys must read: No Dickens, no Rowling, but yes to Pratchett and Pullman   ( divider line
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2007-05-16 07:26:51 AM  
give me doughnuts
Heinlein was a fascist with a hard-on for young men in uniform.

Ok, I ought to read some before I say that, but I'm reliably informed by a very respectable and better read friend.
2007-05-16 07:27:25 AM  
Ender's Game was good, but maybe they didn't want to introduce children to that crappy series. It's been years and years since I read them, but didn't that series spiral into some crappy story line involving bat people, time travel, homeless children, alien-humans controlled by a giant computer in the sky and a bit-too-graphic depiction of child sex?
2007-05-16 07:29:55 AM  
Also mole people and incest, IIRC.
2007-05-16 07:31:32 AM  
...but didn't that series spiral into some crappy story line involving bat people, time travel, homeless children, alien-humans controlled by a giant computer in the sky and a bit-too-graphic depiction of child sex?

Damn... now I wish I'd read that when I had it in my collection. 'Scuse me while I hit the used bookstore for a minute.
2007-05-16 07:33:19 AM  
Potter isn't all bad, As has been said, Kids read the HP books. Anything that gets kids to read for recreation is a good thing. I used to work in a library, back when book 4 came out we couldn't keep the 30 copies we had on the shelf. We even printed out a list of things to read while waiting for it, wich included many of the works that have been mentioned here. Those books also flew out the door. Never would have happened under normal conditions.
2007-05-16 07:47:08 AM  

...but didn't that series spiral into some crappy story line involving bat people, time travel, homeless children, alien-humans controlled by a giant computer in the sky and a bit-too-graphic depiction of child sex?

Damn... now I wish I'd read that when I had it in my collection. 'Scuse me while I hit the used bookstore for a minute.

You know what? I'm wrong about this series. The Ender's Game series does not contain the things I mentioned, it's Orson Scott Card's "Homecoming" saga that contained all those weird plot elements I mentioned in previous posts.
2007-05-16 07:51:22 AM  
nmrsnr: No Ender's Game = automatic invalidation.

2007-05-16 07:53:21 AM  
GiantRobot: KamelRed I read like 25 pages of Snowcrash and returned it to the owner as I couldn't handle how over descriptive it was.

You should really give it a second go - it's a fantastic book.

I've read it twice, hated it the first time but it has grown on me. The first 2/3 of the book are fantastic, didn't care much for the end.
2007-05-16 07:53:34 AM  
I always referred to Calvin & Hobbes as "The Anarchist's Cookbook for six-year-olds." Happy to see it there.

Concur that the list is deficient in SF. Stainless Steel Rat should have been a no-brainer. I wonder if Slippery Jim's frequent drug use kept it off (IIRC, he shoots up in the first five pages of the first story)?

And no Shel Silverstein? My son loved it when we read Where The Sidewalk Ends. Poetry that a kid actually likes? Priceless.
2007-05-16 07:55:26 AM  
No Hunter S. Thompson? What kind of shiat list is this?
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2007-05-16 07:56:20 AM  
Weird that they had Christopher Paolini's Eldest, but not Eragon. Actually, weird that they had any of his stuff on at all.

Actually, I thought it was weird they had ANY Maximum Ride book, unless the third one was a hell of a lot better than "School's Out Forever".

You know what? I'm wrong about this series. The Ender's Game series does not contain the things I mentioned, it's Orson Scott Card's "Homecoming" saga that contained all those weird plot elements I mentioned in previous posts.

I'll keep that in mind.
2007-05-16 07:57:15 AM  
GungFu: Meh. No Trainspotting.
Perfect book for growing up.
Gotta have swearing and drugs to keep kids interested.

A Clockwork Orange.

THAT will make them grow up fast.

/read it at 16
//still a favorite
2007-05-16 07:58:48 AM  
Here's the list. 167 for some reason..

1. The Top 10 of Everything 2007 by Russell Ash, Hamlyn (2008 edition available in the autumn)

2. Strange Powers of the Human Mind (Forbidden Truths) by Herbie Brennan, Faber

3. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, Black Swan,

4. I Know You Got Soul by Jeremy Clarkson, Penguin

5. Guinness Book of Records 2007, Guinness (2008 edition available in the autumn)

6. 101 Things You Need To Know (And Some You Don't) by Richard Horne, Bloomsbury

7. 101 Things To Do Before You're Old and Boring by Richard Horne, Bloomsbury

8. Ripley's Believe It or Not! by Robert LeRoy Ripley, Century

9. The Boys' Book; How to be the Best at Everything by Guy McDonald, Buster Books

10. Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser, Puffin

11. How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue by Andy Seed, Hodder

12. How to Avoid a Wombat's Bum by Mitchell Symons, Doubleday

13. Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? by Mick O'Hare, Profile Books

14. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Macmillan

15. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Puffin

16. King Solomon's Mines by H Rider Haggard, Penguin

17. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman, Scholastic

18. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Bloomsbury

19. Kidnapped (adapted by) Alan Grant, Barrington Stoke

20. Treasure Island by R L Stevenson, Bloomsbury

21. The Hobbit by J RR Tolkien, HarperCollins

22. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Penguin

23. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Penguin

24. Like Father Like Son by Tony Bradman (ed), Kingfisher

25. Unreal! by Paul Jennings, Puffin

26. Flight by Kazu Kibuishi, Image Comics

27. One Beastly Beast by Garth Nix, HarperCollins

28. The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Puffin

29. It Was A Dark and Silly Night by Art Spiegelman, HarperCollins

30. Scientific Progress Goes Boink (Calvin and Hobbes) by Bill Watterson, Time Warner

31. Talking Turkeys by Bejamin Zephaniah, Puffin

32. Arthur and the Invisibles by Luc Besson, Faber

33. The Spellgrinder's Apprentice by N M Browne, Bloomsbury

34. The Forgotten Spell (Spellcaster Gamebooks) by Louisa Dent, Wizard Books

35. Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad) by David Eddings, Corgi

36. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, Chicken House

37. Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Bloomsbury

38. Samurai (Saint of Dragons) by Jason Hightman, HarperCollins

39. Blade of Fire (The Icemark Chronicles) by Stuart Hill, Chicken House

40. Eldest by Christopher Paolini, Corgi

41. Clash of the Sky Galleons (The Edge Chronicles) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, Doubleday

42. Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess, Puffin

43. The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer, Puffi

44. Small-Minded Giants by Oisin McGann, Corgi

45. Takedown by Graham Marks, Catnip

46. Jango (Noble Warriors) by William Nicholson, Egmont

47. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride) by James Patterson, Headline

48. A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet) by Philip Reeve, Scholastic

49. Storm Thief by Chris Wooding, Scholastic

50. Darkside by Tom Becker, Scholastic

51. The Spook's Secret (Wardstone Chronicles) by Joseph Delaney, Bodley Head

52. The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven, Doubleday

53. Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Bloomsbury

54. Setting of a Cruel Sun (The Lost Souls Stories) by Alan Gibbons, Orion

55. Nightrise (Power of Five) by Anthony Horowitz, Walker

56. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, HarperCollins

57. Breathe by Cliff McNish, Orion

58. Devil for Sale by E E Richardson, Barrington Stoke

59. The Intruders by E E Richardson, Corgi

60. Blood Beast (Demonata) by Darren Shan, HarperCollins

61. Crazy Creatures (Reality Check) by Gillian Arbuthnott, Barrington Stoke

62. The Fighting Pit (Bear Kingdom) by Michael Coleman, Orchard

63. Flanimals of the Deep by Ricky Gervais

64. High Rhulain (Redwall) by Brian Jacques, Puffin

65. The Dark Portal (Deptford Mice) by Robin Jarvis, Hodder

66. Mouse Noses on Toast by Darren King, Faber

67. Soul Eater (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) by Michelle Paver, Orion

68. Fall 1152 (Mouse Guard) by David Petersen, Archaia (Publication due in June)

69. Nathan Fox by L Brittney, Macmillan

70. Mines of the Minotaur (Companion's Quartet) by Julia Golding, Oxford

71. The Ship Between the Worlds by Julia Golding, Oxford

72. The Black Book of Secrets by F E Higgins, Macmillan

73. Here There be Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica) by James A Owen, Simon & Schuster

74. Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve, Scholastic

75. Larklight by Philip Reeve, Bloomsbury

76. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, Puffin

77. Physik (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage, Bloomsbury

78. My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick, Orion

79. Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton, Puffin

80. Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus Trilogy) by Jonathan Stroud, Corgi

81. Bloodline by Kevin Brooks, Barrington Stoke

82. Johnny Delgado Like Father Like Son by Kevin Brooks, Barrington Stoke

83. Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer, Puffin

84. Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer, Puffin

85. Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Macmillan

86. Grk and the Hot Dog Trail by Joshua Doder, Andersen Press

87. Final Lap (Traces) by Malcolm Rose, Kingfisher

88. The Crime Lord (F.E.A.R. Adventures) by Jak Shadow, Wizard Books

89. Tins by Alex Shearer, Macmillan

90. Great Britain (Jack Stalwart) by Elizabeth Singer Hunt, Red Fox

91. The Curse of the Nightwolf (Barnaby Grimes) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, Doubleday

92. Montmorency's Revenge by Eleanor Updale, Scholastic

93. The Obsidian Dagger (Horatio Lyle) by Catherine Webb, Atom

92. The Boy who was Wanted Dead or Alive - or both (Blart) by Dominic Barker, Bloomsbury

93. Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Cavney, Bodley Head

94. The Moomy's Curse (Cows in Action) by Steve Cole, Red Fox

95. Toonhead by Fiona Dunbar, Orchard

96. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Bloomsbury

97. So You Think You Know the Simpsons? by Clive Gifford, Hodder

98. It's True You Can Make Your Own Jokes by Sharon Holt, Allen & Unwin

99. Ryan's Brain (Jiggy McCue) by Michael Lawrence, Orchard

100. Measle and the Slitherghoul (Measle Stubbs Adventures) by Ian Ogilvy, OUP

101. Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Dav Pilkey, Scholastic

102. Urgum the Axe Man by Kjartan Poskitt, Scholastic

103. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett, Doubleday

104. Zip's Apollo by Philip Ridley, Puffin

105. The Great Cow Race (Bone) by Jeff Smith, Cartoon Books

106. Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl, Puffin

107. Once by Morris Gleitzman, Puffin

108. Crusade by Elizabeth Laird, Macmillan (Publication due in June)

109. Secrets of the Fearless by Elizabeth Laird, Macmillan

110. The Highwayman's Footsteps by Nicola Morgan, Walker

111. Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo, Collins

112. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, HarperCollins

113. Rebel Cargo by James Riordan, Frances Lincoln

114. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Bodley Head

115. Divided City by Theresa Breslin, Corgi

116. Game Boy (4u2read.ok) by Alan Durant, Barrington Stoke

117. Stat Man (FYI) by Alan Durant, Barrington Stoke

118. Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom) by Garth Nix, HarperCollins

119. The Penalty by Mal Peet, Walker

120. Dream On by Bali Rai, Barrington Stoke

121. Goal 2: Living the Dream by Robert Rigby, Corgi

122. Agent Orange (Spy High) by A J Butcher, Atom

123. Sakkara (New Heroes) by Michael Carroll, HarperCollins

124. Jimmy Coates: Revenge by Joe Craig, HarperCollins

125. True Spy Stories (Usborne True Stories) by Paul Dowswell and Fergus Fleming, Spies (Publication due in June)

126. The Flight of the Silver Turtle by John Fardell, Faber

127. The Devil's Breath by David Gilman, Puffin (Publication due in June)

128. Double or Die (Young Bond) by Charlie Higson, Puffin

129. Ark Angel (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz, Walker

130. Meltdown (Special Agents) by Sam Hutton, HarperCollins

131. Deep Waters (Zac Power) by H I Larry, Egmont

132. The Fall (Cherub) by Robert Muchamore, Hodder

133. Deadline by John Townsend, Barrington Stoke

134. S.T.O.R.M. by E L Young, Macmillan

135. The Hand of the Devil by Dean Vincent Carter, Corgi

136. The Aztec Code by Steve Cole, Bloomsbury

137. Bunker 10 by J A Henderson, OUP

138. Sure Fire by Jack Higgins and Justin Richards, HarperCollins (Publication due in May)

139. Bloodbones (Fighting Fantasy) by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, Wizard Books

140. Troll Blood (Troll trilogy) by Katherine Langrish, HarperCollins

141. The Beast Within (Nemesis) by Catherine Macphail, Bloomsbury

142. Avenger (Boy Soldier) by Andy McNab, Corgi

143. Operation Typhoon Shore (Guild Trilogy) by Joshua Mowll, Walker

144. Boffin Boy and the Invaders from Space (Boffin Boy) by David Orme, Ransom

145. Time Runners: Freeze Framed (Time Runners) by Justin Richards, Simon & Schuster

146. Flash Flood (Code Red Adventures) by Chris Ryan, Red Fox

147. Book the Thirteenth: The End by Lemony Snicket, Egmont

148. The Web of Fire by Steve Voake, Faber

149. Smokescreen by Bernard Ashley, Usborne

150. Mutant (Gr8reads) by Theresa Breslin, Barrington Stoke

151. Being by Kevin Brooks, Puffin

152. Billy Elliot by Melvin Burgess, Chicken House

153. The Bone Room by Anne Cassidy, Barrington Stoke

154. Moon Man by David Donohue, Egmont

155. The Road of Bones by Anne Fine, Corgi

156. The Thing with Finn by Tom Kelly, Macmillan

157. Flush by Carl Hiaasen, Corgi

158. Under the Skin by Catherine Macphail, Barrington Stoke

159. Captives by Tom Pow, Corgi

160. BurnOut by Robert Swindells, Barrington Stoke

161. Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama, Gollancz

162. Help I'm a Classroom Gambler by Pete Johnson, Corgi

163. The Paradise Plot by Natasha Narayan, Egmont

164. The Inventors by Alexander Gordon Smith, Faber

165. Tide of Terror (Vampirates) by Justin Somper, Simon & Schuster

166. Running the Risk (Shapeshifter) by Ali Sparkes, OUP

167. H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) by Mark Walden, Bloomsbury
2007-05-16 08:00:01 AM  
GungFu- The Ancient Art of Sack-Kicking.

I loved that book. It got me thru junior high relatively unscathed.
2007-05-16 08:09:38 AM  
I was a big fan of Delta of Venus by Anias Nin. I read it many times through junior high and high school. Young men are going to fap. Might as well introduce them to fine literature while they're doing it.
2007-05-16 08:17:21 AM  
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Unavailable for comment, CRIVENS!!
2007-05-16 08:17:38 AM  
List is missing Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.
2007-05-16 08:22:50 AM  
Looks like this is actually some get kids to read promotion. Nothing to see here, folks. It's a decent list...but there's also a lot of junk I've never heard of.

For the people in this thread that said "I got about 30 pages into HP and got pissed at the writing style..." Honestly, the first two books are bland and boring. Read past them to get the story. The third book is where Rowling's writing really starts evolving. Her style has grown and changed considerably over the years. Comparing the first book to the fifth/sixth book is like night and day.
2007-05-16 08:24:13 AM  
Sure, this list may be useful for boys who want to read about blood, guts and heroes, but it contains no titles such as Snow Crash where the boys can read it and then become part of the self-important pseudo-intellectual subculture that frequents independent book shops.
2007-05-16 08:24:19 AM  
90% of those books are worthless drivel. Was there even a single Hemmingway or Steinbeck on there?
2007-05-16 08:27:36 AM  
WTF is "derring-do?" Any boy that ever uses that term should get his ass kicked.
2007-05-16 08:32:08 AM  

God I loved those books.
2007-05-16 08:33:45 AM  
The list is heavy on sci-fi, fantasy drivel, I like that stuff, but is it important for young men to read? What lessons does it teach?
2007-05-16 08:34:03 AM  
kyuzokai: Dickens blows goats.

As a lit major I must say: I agree.

The only other writer I despise as much as Dickens is Thomas Wolfe (the boring one from NC, not the entertaining one currently living in NYC).

Glad to see Mark Twain on the list. So easy and entertaining to read - if you don't watch out you might learn something.
2007-05-16 08:36:50 AM  
You know, I can't argue. But please, add this:

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Yeah, it's obscure as hell. But that is a great, great trilogy of books. Farkin' hilarious. The first one is best, Bridge of Birds.
2007-05-16 08:38:35 AM  
Very glad Philip Pullman is in there - the His Dark Materials trilogy should be read by every teenager everywhere.

/Any Pratchett is strong enough to pull people into the Discworld*. Stop whinin'

*Except the first couple, which don't really have the same charm
2007-05-16 08:39:07 AM  

God I loved those books

Holy crap, how could I have forgotten those? For that matter, how could the list have omitted them? Brilliant series!
2007-05-16 08:41:42 AM  
Usual random comments...

-I would add "I am the Cheese" by Robert Cormier & "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury.

-I've tried to read Foundation a couple of times, and it just seems way too contrived for me. I don't know, maybe I should go back and try again. (or start with Foundation and Empire)

-Harry Potter doesn't suck. Not great literature, but better than Tiger Beat.

-First time I read Dickens (Great Expectations) I remember thinking how unexpectedly great it was - it's a classic, isn't it supposed to be boring? Second time I read it I remember thinking 'this book sucks, what was I thinking the first time I read it?'

-Although I loved books of lists when I was a kid, I don't exactly know how they qualify for a list like this. Same with Guinness World Records - bunch of useless tripe if you ask me.

OT: Greatest "Harry Potter" movie scene: in the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron, Hermione, and Harry watching from behind the rock as the executioner's axe falls on Buckbeak. After the chop, Hermione turns to her right, puts her arms around Ron's neck, and puts her head against his chest. Harry turns to his right, and puts his arms around Hermione. If that isn't the prelude to a Hermione DP I don't know what is.
2007-05-16 08:44:06 AM  
Harry turns to his right, and puts his arms around Hermione. If that isn't the prelude to a Hermione DP I don't know what is.

Now that was a surprise ending.
2007-05-16 08:44:30 AM  
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Puts Harry Potter to shame. Looks like they're making a film adaptation as well.
2007-05-16 08:44:36 AM  

Hell yeah! Tbh, I'm not ashamed to say I looked at the cover of the first book and thought to myself that they looked way to childish. Then I read them, and boy they are excellent stories. Found most of them in a secondhand shop the other day, and bought all 7 that they had.

Nowadays I read what I want, whether aimed at my age range or not. Screw the naysayers who say HP, or others, is for kids; if you enjoy it, then read it.

Badgers in suits of armour FTW!
2007-05-16 08:46:02 AM  
korovaorange: 1. The Things They Carried.

Trendy wanking about Vietnam. Try Wallace Terry's Bloods for writing about Uncle Ho's Most Excellent Southeast Asia Adventure that isn't directed at the New Yorker editors. A heart-breaking book.

There's no lack of dry-eyed writing about the horror of war.

The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sassoon. His war poetry is astonishing as well.
With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge

My favorite: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. The abandonment of the idealists who came to fight for republican government in Spain has almost been forgotten.
2007-05-16 08:46:45 AM  
I don't see how they could have missed How To Eat Fried Worms.
2007-05-16 08:47:57 AM  
Crap list.

Where's The Anarchist's Cookbook or Ars Goetia?

But seriously, no Journey to the East, no Louis L'Amour, no Hardy Boys?

2007-05-16 08:48:28 AM  
No Count of Monte Cristo? How will boys learn to deal with adversity through intense patience, god-like planning, and remarkable coincidences?

/seriously, though, this is probably the best book I've ever read.
2007-05-16 08:48:28 AM  
Best book/novel of all times: To Kill a Mockingbird. Everyone should read that book.
2007-05-16 08:49:56 AM  
Puts Harry Potter to shame.

They were excellent until the end. Pissed me off enough that I doubt I'll read anything else of his.

And yes, I have read the end to the Dark Tower... I thought that was far better done.
2007-05-16 08:49:59 AM  
But seriously, no Journey to the East, no Louis L'Amour, no Hardy Boys?

Plus Encyclopedia Brown or The Mad Scientist's Club. Let's hear it for the smart kids playing the hero!
2007-05-16 08:52:10 AM  
Plus Encyclopedia Brown or The Mad Scientist's Club. Let's hear it for the smart kids playing the hero!

HOLY CRAP! I forgot about Encyclopedia Brown, and I was dicussing those the other day even...
2007-05-16 08:52:59 AM  
No "The Once and Future King?" What kind of farking list is this?
2007-05-16 08:56:32 AM  
Heh... as long as we're throwing out kids books, does anyone remember The Horrible Borribles? :)
2007-05-16 08:57:31 AM  
5. Guinness Book of Records 2007, Guinness (2008 edition available in the autumn)

8. Ripley's Believe It or Not! by Robert LeRoy Ripley, Century

97. So You Think You Know the Simpsons? by Clive Gifford, Hodder

/these are reference books. boys would be better off reading the dictionary.
//no longer wonders why kids are idiots
//off the lawn!
2007-05-16 08:58:23 AM  
RTFL. Missed C.S. Lewis in there. Some of the Narnia books were pretty good (I think I read "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" a dozen times or so).

Any chance one in ten boys today will read more than one or two of these?

/worries for the future
//stay off my lawn
///and away from my daughters
2007-05-16 08:59:10 AM  
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2007-05-16 09:01:16 AM  
As mentioned above, the list needs Ender's Game

I also question its lack of The Chronicles of Narnia. However it MUST be read in the original, non-chronological order. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the book that got me really hooked on reading back in 5th grade. If I had read The Magicians Nephew first, I probably wouldn't have bothered with the rest of the series.

Lets see, the list also needs the trilogy The Deed of Paksenarrion. And someone above also mentioned The Stainless Steel Rat. An excellent series. :)
2007-05-16 09:01:53 AM  
Puts Harry Potter to shame.

I disagree. I found the first book to be terrible.
2007-05-16 09:02:43 AM  
When I was a boy, my dad bought me some books by Richard Halliburton in a used book store. The Royal Road to Romance and The Flying Carpet are the two that I still have. Those were important to me because they made me realize that it was possible to go anywhere and do pretty much anything you can imagine. (Halliburton basically travels around the world, climbs mountains, swims in the Taj Mahal pool, hikes through jungles and deserts...)
Eric Hansen's Stranger in the Forest and Motoring with Mohammed are similar books and more modern. I'll give those to my son when he's old enough. If anyone can recommend other travelogues like these, I'd appreciate it.
2007-05-16 09:07:40 AM  
No Zane Grey?
2007-05-16 09:08:00 AM  

God I loved those books.

Yes! I remember reading The Outcast of Redwall and loving every minute of it.

Too bad that PBS made Redwall into a horrible cartoon series.

/Swords are for slashing, not pommel-bashing.
2007-05-16 09:08:08 AM  
Perhaps I am being a bit snooty here, but, what happened to The Iliad?
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