Note: We invited readers to share books that have made a lasting impression, or books that are read again and again. Here are a few responses.
"Star" is great work of science fictionCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Robert Silverberg's book "Star of Gypsies" is the greatest work of science fiction I've ever come across. The main character Yakoub (a sort of Zorba the Greek in space) is a unique and satisfying characterization. Fascinating, sprawling, ambitious, slightly alien and yet very human, uplifting and edifying. A true flesh-and-blood creation that has cosmic irony, insightfulness, and lusty derring-do. It breathes!
A shining triumph of a read that belongs alongside of the greats of classic literature! Star soars!
If horror is your cup of tea, I recommend H.P. Lovecraft. For my money he's better than Poe or King!
The Complete Works of Shakespeare, of course, eclipses all poets. But in the Army, I came across the Works of Percy Shelley -- and the universe changed. I started writing poetry. And I wrote. And I wrote. I paid to get published; I won awards, I lost awards; no matter. I got published and I was serenely happy.
And after the Army I wrote. Now with 21 books published, verse in 130 anthologies, eight musical CDs released nationally, and so forth. Great gawds! I'll be writing (or trying to write) when they come to bury me. Tired but happy, happy, happy!
There's reading for education and for escapism. I read for both. In fact, if it stirs the imagination, how can you separate the two? So, there's romantic love, platonic love, sexual lust -- yet, book lovers down the ages the world over knew that reading had a bit or a lot of them all. More love to you -- and read a great one just for you. And if you're not obsessed by a book -- then one partner has failed the other. Kiss and make up.
'Aesop's Fables' served reader wellAs a Baby Boomer, I remembered watching "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" in my youth. One segment on the show was titled "Fractured Fairy Tales." There was a short, very improbable fairy tale that was animated and included at the end of the story "And the moral of the story is." I watched the credits and saw where the Fractured Fairy Tales were based on Aesop's Fables.
In the Children's Literature Class I took at Bluefield State College, I did a report on Aesop's Fables. Forty-six years ago, I become a teacher in the West Virginia public school system. Throughout my career, Aesop's Fables still serve me well and are just as timely now as they were then.
When I taught in the elementary grades, I used a fable a day as a read aloud when students returned from lunch. All of Aesop's Fables have a last sentence that gives the moral of the story. I would often read the story and ask students to predict what the moral might be. This would lead to some lively discussions.
As my friends began having families, they would ask for suggestions for bedtime stories, I would highly recommend "Aesop's Fables."
When I taught English at the high school level, I taught a unit on parenting skills that promoted reading to children at an early age. I always had one assignment where students had to read aloud to the entire class where they demonstrated their ability to do a reading of a bedtime story to their child. I required that the students select their reading from Aesop's Fables.