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What was the first book you bought?

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  • #31
    Sadly i wasn't able to read well enough to read a whole book until i was in my very late teens(long story!)so i can remember the exact date i bought my first book.
    It was 10th 0f February 1985(my 21st birthday!) and it was a book by Robert Heinlein called Friday.
    Cant remember much about it except that it had a sexy android on the cover!
    I didnt have a clue what to buy because i never really knew anyone who read books but i was influenced by 2000 AD and the film Blade Runner to look for science fiction.
    Coupla months down the road i picked up an omnibus edition of Dancers at the End of Time and the rest,as they say,is history!
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    • #32
      Originally posted by thingfish View Post
      It was 10th 0f February 1985(my 21st birthday!) and it was a book by Robert Heinlein called Friday.
      Cant remember much about it except that it had a sexy android on the cover!
      This cover?

      If you don't remember that this is one of the later Heinleins, where the heroine's nipples go 'Spung!' whenever she has sex, then you may consider yourself lucky, tf.
      _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
      _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
      _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
      _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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      • #33
        I really can't remember the first book I bought, but one thing is for sure (like so many others here) it would have been a Target doctor Who novel... Not sure which one tho... there were so many and I had quite a few of them... Later it was Fighting Fantasy game books and Moorcock... And now my book buying has just got totally out of all control! Damn you, Target!
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        • #34


          The very one Dave!

          Although weirdly it says here http://www.wegrokit.com/museum.htm that that cover is a 1989 UK edition but i definitely got it in '85.
          Last edited by thingfish; 12-30-2011, 05:18 PM.
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          • #35
            That was the last book I bought by Heinlein. I was (and still am) a big fan of his earlier stuff but was becoming increasingly disillusioned by his later stuff. That pile of was the final straw.
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            • #36
              I agree with you Gov. I really enjoyed his earlier stuff but a lot of his later stuff just dragged. Part of the problem was that for some reason he, and a number of his contemporaries, started to write stories that tried to bring all their earlier works together and tie them in a package with a big red bow and a lot of it seemed forced. Why this became a trend back then I have no idea unless other publishers saw the sucess Mike had with the interleaving of his characters and figured they could do the same with other writers. unfortunately Mike laid the groundwork early for such a concept with his idea of the Multiverse so he wasn't just taking independent characters and stories and trying to force them to fit together long after the characters had seen the light of day. Heinlein himself had a central theme for a number of his stories in his alternate Earth/future history timeline but trying to pull everything together using Lazarus Long and the Methuselah story line just seemed too contrived.

              BTW, I preferred the Michael Whelen cover for Friday. She was much sexier.

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              According to Whelan he had a number of people ask who modeled or him but according to him, while he had a model to get the right lines for the drape of her clothes and such, she is a figment of his imagination. I like his imagination.
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              • #37
                The first book I actually bought with my own pocket money was probably Jewel In The Skull by Mr Moorcock. I usually read books from the school library or presents at chrimbo/birthday until I was 11. I saw the coolest looking cover ever, and read the blurb at the back, I thought, that is the kind of book I want to read. I think I read the Hawkmoon books before I read Lord Of The Rings.
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                • #38
                  Pebbles Major and Minor were impressed with the Alice exhibition at the Tate Liverpool.

                  I wonder if the Alice books are one that parents think their children should read, rather than what they (children) want.
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                  • #39
                    It's a bit of an irrelevancy in this thread. It's about the first book you bought with your own money, rather than had bought for you.
                    You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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