All is going well but no go on conception just yet, we have moved to the
next stage, which is promising, but unfortunately the last attempt did
The Hippos go berserk was for me :-)
From: clarissafarrington [mailto:clarissafarrington@...
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 4:09 PM
Subject: [Julian-May-discuss] Re: Happy Birthday!
Mike, does this mean all has gone well????
> Looks like I will have to get myself a copy of 'Hippo's go
> Mike Vallender
> -----Original Message-----
> From: clarissafarrington [mailto:clarissafarrington@b...]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 2:28 PM
> To: Julian-May-discuss@y...
> Subject: [Julian-May-discuss] Re: Happy Birthday!
> I cannot wait to teach Dylan to read! I get so much enjoyment out
> reading and have my whole life. He already has books and I have
> reading to him since I brought him home from hospital. I have
> off the bottom shelf of our bookcase in the living room (OK part of
> that was necessity!) and it has his books on it. He pulls them off
> and looks at the pictures! They have to start somewhere - although
> the moment his favourite is "Hippos go Beserk" - he is 14 months -
> 18 months too early to start on LOTR??????
> --- In Julian-May-discuss@y..., "g.norfolk" <g.norfolk@n...> wrote:
> > Re: [Julian-May-discuss] Happy Birthday!
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Leticia Anderson
> > To: Julian-May-discuss@y...
> > Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 6:25 AM
> > Subject: Re: [Julian-May-discuss] Happy Birthday!
> > Hi Helen - sorry about the misnomer 'Geoff'! Welcome to the
> > S'ok. I've figured out about identity creation for emailing and
> yahoo groups so at some future point (when I have time) I'll
> unsubscribe and re-subscribe with my *own* identity.
> > I found myself reading sci-fi as an extension out of fantasy. I
> guess I was started with the Narnia books but never realised what a
> world of sff was out there until I was 11 - I had a book voucher
> was going on holidays so wanted to pick some good books. Wandering
> around the bookstore I found a whole wall of books about the things
> really wanted to read about. It was definitely a revelation. I
> Jennifer Roberson's *Shapechangers* and Martin Middleton's *Circle
> Light*. Whilst on holiday I was leant the Hobbit and LOTR.
> > I encountered Narnia at school when I was about eight but I
> read the whole series until my mid teens. I read LOTR when I was
> working as a temporary mountain hut warden after finishing
> filling' of a BSc Computer Sci sandwich course. The book was so
> that I kept reading bits aloud to the boyfriend of the time who
> with other inmates persuaded me to read the ENTIRE thing aloud
> chapter by chapter each night. It took about six weeks! Then I went
> back for the Hobbit.
> > That was it for me - I started searching my library for more
> books like that. I didn't then - and still don't - know anyone in
> life who read books like that, so I found more books by getting out
> the books which were advertised in the back of other books, or by
> reading books by co-authors.
> > After discovering sf from old Analogue backcopies I scoured our
> mobile library for sf books. Fortunately the librarian kept
> me stuff she thought I'd like. As we were in the sticks, no buses
> trains within two miles of village and I had to cycle to reach the
> mobile library this was a good thing. I got thru Norton, Heinlein,
> Silverburg, Zelazny (loved Nine Princes in Amber et al), Clarke,
> Herbert, McCaffrey and so on. I particularly remember series with
> titles like 'Voyage to Venus' 'Mission to Mars' 'Journey to
> but cant remember authors name. Think it began with W. Any ideas
> good folk?
> > That's how I found Julian May - I had been a Marion Zimmer
> Bradley fanatic and gave JM a 'try' after reading Black Trillium (I
> also gave Andre Norton a try but her work didn't really agree with
> me). I was only about 14 or so when I started reading JM so it has
> effected me a lot. I think it is best to get them while they are
> young though! If you want some suggestions for young adult books
> your son I could recommend a fair few. My mother let me read what I
> wanted but I'm pretty sure I would give a bit of guidance for my
> (e.g. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which I read when I was
> That brings up an interesting point - do you think Jm's books
> be read by youngsters? I think they are pretty harmless but at the
> same time it has had very significant impact on the way I think...
> > I've encouraged my children to read since they were toddlers,
> spend hundreds on books often before they could read 'em but knew
> day they would. It seems to have paid off. They are all voracious
> readers. Chris ( 13 on 8th August) has just finished LOTR and asked
> for slipcased hardback copies of LOTR/Hobbit for his birthday. ( As
> he is threatening to abduct my JMs I am planning to buy him entire
> Pliocene/Milieu Saga also but don't tell him!) There are books
> everywhere in our house. I am always so sad when I go into other
> peoples houses and there is not a book to be seen. Anywhere. I help
> out with literacy/numeracy at the schools (want to complete teacher
> training when I return to PAID employment) and the saddest thing I
> ever encountered was a little lad of seven, very reluctant to read
> any time, who infomed me that 'he didnt need to read, his dad
> and said it wasnt really important' and who admited that he had
> been read to before entering school and that the family owned no
> books or never read even newspapers or mags. Hmm. You are quite
> right, it starts young.
> > I'm sure that Chris , Andrew and Laura would appreciate you
> recommending any good books. Chris has handed the Phillip
> Pullman 'Northern Lights' series to his brother who is getting thru
> them. Laura at 9 is firmly welded to the Famous Five and gets
> one book a day as her contribution to this years National Reading
> > I tended to read what I wanted and uncovered some *unsuitable*
> material *heh heh*. They tend to be self governing, Chris asking if
> the could read Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. I suggested he
> leave it a few years as there were better (for him) reads out
> So I guess I do practice a benevolent censorship.
> > Children are alot more astute that most adults give them credit
> for. If they are old enough to read it they will, if not they put
> down because they cant get into it. The trick is to persuade them
> return at a later date. As all mine read well above their ages I
> them free access to books and let them make up their own minds. Its
> wonderfull when your child comes rushing up to tell you about some
> bit that has really made an impression and wants to know what you
> think and ask questions.
> > The same goes for TV and films. All mine have seen Terminator
> I/II , Fellowship of the Ring, Star Wars Cycle, Supernova (what an
> underated film), Starship Troopers. Mine seem to be able to
> differentiate between reality and what if. But maybe thats because
> talk to them openly. I never refuse to awnser a question, just
> the awnser to their degree of understanding. Unfortunately
> is fleeting and at a point dangerous. They were more affected by
> Twin Towers pictures than any film they have seen. I am more
> concerned about news broadcasts (What would you do when your seven
> year old asks you 'Mummy, whats a paedophile?' after watching the
> o'clock news?)
> > I'm glad you've started using the internet to find people like
> us; if it wasn't for the net I would still be completely isolated
> from other people who read what I do...I had to improvise as I
> about lists etc as well and I am still learning a lot!
> > I agree. Its opening a world that I had put on hold for a
> This email in itself has been a learning experience.
> > AS for Robert Carlyle - if only he had a younger brother! He's
> definitely got the look and the charisma but is getting a little
> Aiken was only pretty young...
> > Sigh. Cant we just stick him in a regen tank. With an auburn
> job and minus twenty years he would have been perfect. Just check a
> headshot and compare to THAT portrait and you'll see what I mean
> > Sorry for the scads of paper folks...helen
> > Leda
> > on 20/7/02 3:20 AM, g.norfolk at g.norfolk@n... wrote:
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