(Into the Past)
Favorite books at ages 5, 11, 16, and 20.
At 5, Carlyle was enthralled with all things Seuss & Silverstein. Yes he liked green eggs and ham! By 11 Carlyle was a staunch adherent to the belief that The Three Investigators series was the epitome of detective fiction. Already quite the snob, he sneered at the obvious inferiority of The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew , though admittedly, he never stopped to read them to verify this belief. He did, however, stop sneering long enough to discover the fantastical works of Raymond E. Feist and his Magician Quadrilogy. At 16, Carlyle was still mired in detective fiction but now he was fervently reading and re-reading the adventures of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser Series, the character the TV show Spenser for Hire was based on. He also loved the Dragonlance books. Yes – he was a nerd! At 20 Carlyle was enjoying Gordon R. Dickson’s Dorsai saga and the John D. MacDonald’s Travis Mcgee series.
At 5, Suki was getting lost in the adventures of Dick and Jane. They were classroom readers, but she couldn’t get enough. She loved the dog, Spot, and the little cat, Puff. The teacher was impressed with her reading skills but dismayed when she saw that Suki absolutely refused to color within the lines.
At 11, Suki was barely visible behind stacks of Superman comic books. She and her best friend would read those comics for hours on end in a state of wonderment. Suki was most fascinated by Bizarro world where everything had sharp edges and faces looked like multifaceted diamonds and everything was topsy turvey. At 16, Suki was immersed in The Lord of the Rings and The Little Prince, reading choices offer by her high school English teacher. Those books changed her world view, and the memory of that teacher and all he inspired stayed with her for the rest of her life. He even appears in The Apocalypse Gene as a character by the name of Mr. Gragg. At 20, Suki was heavily into horror and was a huge fan of Stephen King. Thought highly entertained by day, she didn’t have a good night’s sleep for more than ten years!