Bruce Rioja wrote:
I've always found not reading fiction a bit of a headscratcher. Lack of imagination? Or maybe they think we have too much of it.
I did talk to someone once who said he couldn't see the point in fiction. Barely watched fictional films either. He needed some kind of historical reference to keep him interested.
Certainly it's better than my dad's approach. He's only read one book for fun in his entire life. Makes Christmas shopping a bit difficult...
I'm a lot like your pal, Jakerbeef. Even the last two novels I read (and I think I've read no more than five) one was To Kill a Mockingbird which is pretty much autobiographical, and therefore believable, and the other one was Found Wanting by Robert Goddard, and that is based around what is known of Anna Anderson's claim to be Princess Anastasia.
I can see the logic to it. I've always had my head too far in the clouds to do much grounded reading. If I'm interested in the topic I'll devour it though.
For better or worse books like Harry Potter, Twilight and the Game of Thrones/Lotr adaptations are pushing fantastical stuff into the mainstream, which is fine by me. Pratchett and Gemmell novels were a bit of a dirty secret when I was younger.
Which is a shame as Pratchett should be lauded for what he's achieved and has written some genuinely great novels. But he's populist and writes about witches and stuff so he'll always be 'niche'.
You wanted to try getting Chronicles of Thomas Covenant in the late 70's early 80's. The seller used to look round the shop, before reaching past Escort Readers Wives and back editions of under the counter Hustler, before getting to the book requested.