The age to start

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Chazel1972, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    I like the idea of directing him toward the short stories. Although he isn't chomping at the bit to pick up any of them; this may be a case of me hyping it too much (but forgive him he's just a silly boy!)
  2. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member


    He said "I don't like horror books"
    Never fear I explained, over and over I clarified the genre.... but he just. didn't.

    :nope: I am so ashamed.
  3. tee

    tee Member

    Hello Everyone, I am a fairly new member. I agree w/all the above posted.The 1st book I read @ 14 or 15 was Cujo. Had a hard time getting into the start but, glad I did,loved it. Of course if a child has a fear of dogs, not a good pick. Last Rung on the ladder (Night Shift) reminded me of my brother & I . I agree w/ The girl who loved Tom Gordon. Misery, Christine, The Green Mile, just to name a few may be other good choices to start with. If I may chime in on the subject. Things have changed a lot in one generation, more advanced learning, shall we call it. I worked in food service and drove school bus. Let me tell you, that's a full day. As everyone has stated, you know your little Ben best :) It's been a few months, hope he has read one by now, please update us.
  4. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I was 13 when I read my first SK book. Salem's Lot. I finished about 2am and turned off the light for sleep. Aftereffects of the novel and various churning thoughts found me with the lights and TV on about 15 minutes later because I was scared. I loved it!!!
  5. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    He is being stingy with me. I over-hyped it. Teen-agers are so contrary.
  6. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Leave 'em about & he'll pick up what he's ready for when he's ready for it :) While you're at it, leave a copy of Heart-Shaped Box (Joe Hill) lying about--my two oldest ate that one up when they were about your son's age or slightly older. They still love it.
  7. Chelle71

    Chelle71 Well-Known Member

    I started reading SK books when I was 13...imagine the chats you and he will have, so exciting for you, I am sure he will love them :)
  8. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member


    He started the DT!!! He's about 1/4 of the way in!!!! EEEKKKK I should have unplugged the house Wifi sooner!
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  9. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    :lol: You dirty trickster, you!!
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  10. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Peter Straub has been quoted as saying that Steve hasn't discovered sex yet. (writing about it in his books, that is....)
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  11. muskrat

    muskrat Bone-chizzler Extrordinare

    Heh, I remember that, can't remember where. What was his comeback? Something about how his three kids are proof that he indeed HAS discovered sex.

    Anyhow, I have an eleven year-old son, and if I caught him reading a King book (hell, ANY book) I'd fall to my knees in a prayer of gratitude. Let the kids read, sez I. Make them read, if need be. What, sex? Violence? Well damn, there better be a little of both if you hope to keep em reading. Books have to compete with TV, Film, Internet, Grand Theft Auto--all things they're getting somewhere, no matter how hard you try to shelter them. I wouldn't care if my lil punk was reading Justine by De Sade, just so long as the kid was actually READING!

    (Okay, De Sade was an exaggeration, but you get my drift.)
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  12. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    My son has been reading (actual printed text) since he was 3. I've never seen a kid read like he does (he actually did read more than half of War and Peace last year). The problem has always been that his reading ability outpaced his maturity. He was one depressed 4th grader when Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings ended. When he would get in trouble for something his punishment was always that I'd clear off his book shelves (I know sounds ridiculous but books were his #1 currency, he used to forget to do homework and stay up all night reading if I didn't unscrew his light bulb!) I knew he'd love a big series like DT, I'm glad he eventually listened to his brilliant mom.
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  13. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    He reads so fast he is starting Wastelands tonight!
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  14. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    wow! Excellent
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  15. CortyCort

    CortyCort New Member

    My son is 12, I can't wait for him to get started!

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