I took a break yesterday because my daughter and family were here. So we were busy playing Scrabble. Today we are back to just the two of us--hillgrandmom and granddad and so there is time to blog.
The school year starts tomorrow. So I start work tomorrow.
Well here goes in the Ato Z. (I wish now I hadn't started!)
F is for Fantasy. I am a big fan of the Fantasy genre of fiction. In my childhood there was no such specific genre as I remember. I read a great deal of Enid Blyton's stories about fairies and elves and pixies and that was the sum of the Fantasy reading then. When I was a teenager, I did read occasional science fiction. But there was nothing like the kind of books available now. I had not read C. S. Lewis' the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe as a child.
Then came the original Star Wars trilogy, by which time I was married and a mother, and I was completely hooked. I then read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series only much later and they made my fondness for Fantasy a passion. I passed on this love to my children and through them I read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I was introduced to Terry Pratchett's books by my children's friends and I loved them. To me Terry Pratchet, from the pictures of him that I saw, was like a Gandalf come to life. I am really sorry that he is gone. Since first reading the Hobbit, I have read a great deal of Fantasy and totally enjoyed myself escaping into that world.