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Old 09-04-2015, 09:42 PM   #1
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Warn Your Children about Books

Don't let them get Hooked-on-Books.™ An innocent Dr Seuss, or Shel Silverstein, can lead to a lifelong habit of the book junkie. Hanging around sleazy dive libraries, consuming paperbacks in the alley while looking furtively for someone who might reveal their corruption. Just say no.
If you don't believe me, listen to the great minds from the past...

Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.” — Benjamin Disraeli

“The multitude of books is making us ignorant.” — Voltaire

“We live in an age that reads too much to be wise.” — Oscar Wilde

“The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no measure or limit to this fever of writing; everyone must be an author, some for some kind of vanity to acquire celebrity and raise a name, others for the sake of lucre or gain.” — Martin Luther

“There are times when I think that the reading I have done in the past has had no effect except to cloud my mind and make me indecisive.” — Robertson Davies

“The road to ignorance is paved with good editions.” — Bernard Shaw


If you fail to protect your child from this scourge, Nelson will point you out in public and say, "HA HA"
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:37 PM   #2
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"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" is the one that hooked me. I was 8, or, 9 years old. It's been downhill ever since.
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Old 09-05-2015, 04:14 PM   #3
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Rats in the National Institute of Mental Health? At a young age that's a scary thought. No wonder you avoid mental health.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:56 AM   #4
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In my world, mental health is about as attainable as a Lamborghini Veneno.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:17 PM   #5
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For me, it was World Book Encyclopedia.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:21 PM   #6
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Oh, I used to read the shit out of those...granted, they were my grandma's and about 20 years old, but no matter.
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For me it was Janet and John.
As soon as I realised Laura could do something I couldn't, I wanted in on it. Never looked back.

When I read To Kill a Mockingbird (years later, obvs) I identified with Scout immediately - no-one asked me if I liked breathing; reading was that essential.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:57 AM   #8
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I read comics before and was read too as a child, but the first novel I remember getting into was Poul Anderson's Brain wave. I think I was about 10-11ish.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:33 PM   #9
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You people prove my point, the danger of books, getting children hooked on the filthy habit. Just say no.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:57 PM   #10
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Every page of every volume.

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When I was 14.

Vintage ~1965, btw.
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:04 PM   #11
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How appropriate... "Muscle and Shovel" on Gravdigr's top book shelf
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Every page of every volume.
Yeah, I bought a set in '66 and everyone rolled their eyes (except the ones who laughed outright), when I made the mistake of telling them.
But I have to admit they ruined my TV watching. I'd park my ass in a comfy chair and usually before a half hour was up someone on the TV would mention something I didn't know about and had to look it up, like a prehistoric Google. Especially bad when the news or quiz shows were on. I became a veritable cesspool of information, clear as mud, but it covered the ground.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:57 AM   #13
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When I was maybe 11, my dad cleaned out his childhood home to sell it, and brought home his World Book set from when he was a kid. It was probably from the early 50s and was in black and white. Many of the entries were outdated, but I still loved to read it.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my gateway drug. I broke my arm and dislocated my shoulder during the first week of first grade. My father read me a chapter every night.

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Old 09-10-2015, 10:52 PM   #15
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Ah Ha, so that's what attracted you to the dark side. See people, see what I was warning you about?
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