Did you have a favorite book series as a kid

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  1. JHowdy

    JHowdy Country Gent

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    My first crush must have been the Tarzan series by E. R. Burroughs and I've got almost his whole series now in my bookshelf, in Finnish translations. My first love was the John Carter of Mars series from the same author and after that I went to all kinds of "serious" sci-fi, wholeheartedly.

    You all must know these two series so I won't have to go into details, I just mention that I fell in love with many of those proud and noble Martian princesses :).

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    In the 1970s, in the attic of my first cousin we used to read the Ryhmy and Romppainen war novels from 1940-50. This tile of a book below is a later edition containing ten of the original novels. These two characters were kind of anti-heroes, who newertheless outwitted the enemy over and over again with the help of their own smartness, their fearless War Cat Mörökölli and their secret weapon Sipuliviina (Onion Liquor), that must have been some kind of vodka with onions added to the recipe. Must have been a really peculiar smell and it does get noted many times in these books :). Mörökölli did not carry a fire arm in the novels however, this later illustration is stupid. It just meowed in a devilish voices that horrified the enemy in the night and scratched a few butts here and there whenever the enemy got too close.

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  2. Stonepicking

    Stonepicking Gretschie

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    Oh yes, Sherlock Holmes was and still is a big favourite. Coming from Portsmouth there is a certain amount of civic pride in Sherlock Holmes.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was based in Portsmouth when he wrote the first two Holmes stories and even played in goal for a precursor of Portsmouth football club!
    Jeremy Brett was the ultimate Holmes to me also. I've watched those series endlessly.
     
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  3. snakestretcher

    snakestretcher Gretschie

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    If you like novels with a maritime theme I recommend Alexander Fullerton's 'Mariner of England' series. The attention to technical detail is as fanatical as O'Brian's but the stories are first set in WW1 and progress through to WW2, following the Everard family's experiences in the Royal Navy, both on surface ships and submarines. The author was himself a submariner during WW2 so knows what he's talking about. There are nine books in the series altogether. Exciting stuff!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicholas-E...PMXSRZNBPME&psc=1&refRID=51JFP9HWDPMXSRZNBPME
     
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  4. DennisC

    DennisC Synchromatic

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    My former BIL's sister made onion liqur once and mentioned she had the idea from a book. I was wondering what kind of book might suggest something tasting that disgusting - it was a dare-game then to drink this messed up ... uh ... is there a word like prepuke?

    I didn't know the series until now, but as I like antiheroes and love cats (only thing that can outpurr a cat is two of them), I'll have a look into it, thanks for this suggestion!
     
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  5. JHowdy

    JHowdy Country Gent

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Finland
    Haha. I think you'd have to be able to read Finnish then, I very much doubt that these novels have ever been translated into some other language.
     
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  6. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

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    The Three Investigators. Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews,..... oh yea.... I especially liked the junkyard trailer office and limo service complete with working phone. 3 investigators.png
     
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  7. DennisC

    DennisC Synchromatic

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    Seems at least not easy to find - looked for them and didn't find other languages.

    Well... Don't speak/read finnish yet. May be subject to change.
     
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  8. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    I can’t remember how many I read of the series starting with Master and Commander. I think I will start the series again.

    thanks for the reminder
     
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  9. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    I loved the Three Investigators too.
    Jupiter got the limo service by guessing how many beans were in the jar lol. Then, since the contest said ' limo service for 30 days ( of 24 hours each!) ' he made them give him 24 hours X 30 days worth! :D

    And +1 on the Hardy Boys also..
     
  10. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Electromatic

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    Feb 17, 2020
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    Ha! After unsuccessfully searching a few times over the years I found it! The Red Car by Don Stanford.
    On Amazon the 2000 reprint (new) is $441 for the hardcover and $989 for paperback!!! The cheapest used copy is $135, damn. Not worth that much money to me, maybe I can find a copy at a library somewhere.
     
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  11. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

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    I don't think that kind of argument (on the limo service) would hold up these days..... (read the fine print)
     
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  12. latetotheparty

    latetotheparty Gretschie

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    I know there are some German language movies of the series
     
  13. snakestretcher

    snakestretcher Gretschie

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    Deliverance. There's scene in the film where the trippers do the Duelling Banjos stuff, and in the background I swear I saw a British made Ford Anglia (the Harry Potter flying car), like my dad owned, on a load of scrap. Can anyone confirm if the Anglia was actually exported to the US, and why on earth anyone would want to import such a tragic car?:D
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  14. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    There are even more audio dramas. The speakers are celebrities in the scene.
     
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  15. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

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    Wow - a lot of you guys read the same stuff I did - HG Wells, Alistair MacLean, the Hardy Boys, Jules Verne ... I'll add one more to the mix: Lester Del Rey.

    A fair amount of his stuff was written for kids. I think I was reading Lester well before HG Wells or Issac Asimov, neither of which were written specially for "juvenile readers". I remember reading War of the Worlds and asking myself "what the heck is a Vicar?" LoL!

    Lester was more like 4th grade, Wells was 6th. But he had some great titles:

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    Anybody else a Lester fan?
     
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  16. Thass

    Thass Electromatic

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    Growing up on the east coast I played an incredible amount of hockey as a boy and watch a lot too thanks to Hockey Night in Canada thanks to the roof antenna.
    But I do remember this series very fondly
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    I then read this while in college... actually I remember read this series while I should have been studying for finals.
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    Then I was completely obsessed with these novellas; I would go to the local Waldens book store at lunch the day they were released.
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  17. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

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    Are you kidding? Neil Adams' art on the cover of Tarzan paperbacks....I was hooked!
    Actually, in the late 70's early 80's I was also into the X-men and Avengers (John Byrne and George Perez stuff).
     
  18. snakestretcher

    snakestretcher Gretschie

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    I never heard of the guy until today, but if you like early SF a short story by Arthur Porges, 'The Ruum' (1953)-captured my imagination. An indestructible robot left behind by aliens during the age of the dinosaurs becomes reanimated and proceeds to chase down a man at a sedate 5 mph. The Ruum never stops moving, cannot be stopped, and the man's ingenuity in evading the inevitable, versus the robot's inexorable pursuit is tested to the limit...
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    https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&...RvbWFpbnxlZ2poN2xhfGd4OjM3MjllZDY0YTFlM2JmMzg
    I also recommend the 'Mars' trilogy by Ben Bova, part of the 'Grand Tour' series.
     
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  19. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    I can't think of a series, but I suppose all the Sci Fi Heinlein books could be called a series.
     
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  20. Roy Clark

    Roy Clark Gretschie

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Bat cave.
    As a kid I really disliked school. And reading was in school. I love the Bible. As a kid I went to church and read the Bible. But not any other books really. I played with Master Of The Universe He Man toys. And He Man style toys. I had about every one of them. Reading I guess reminded me of school? I had a few books. Lol. Funny I know. I read the comics in the news paper.
     
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