|Yes, I also collect Medieval weapons and armour.|
Hmm, where to start? I'm from the mystical (read 'perpetually rainy') land of Wales, and despite the best efforts of most adults I knew I was hooked on mythology. Egyptian, Norse, Celtic, anything that involved gods and mythical beasts I was there. I remember being given an old battered book by a neighbour called Creatures From Elsewhere when I was about 5 years old and, despite being frightened of the picture of the Wolfman in there, I read it continuously.
The first (real) book I read was Jurassic Park by Michael Critchton at age 11. A 400 page novel at that age was a pretty damn monument task to me, but it soon got me hooked on speculative fiction. I'd been reading R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series religiously up until that point, but Jurassic Park opened my eyes to the world of adult fiction, and I loved it.
I didn't read much fantasy for a good few years after that. I was more of a sci-fi reader, picking up short stories and whatnot. My parents got me Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind when I was about 15, just because it had a dragon on the cover. I read through about 50 pages, got extremely bored and gave up on it. Then, for some reason, I went back to it and devoured all 800 pages (and 13 volumes) of the series. I couldn't get enough. I know Goodkind has had really bad press regarding his books, but they are what started me off on the long, awesome road to fantasy and so I'm grateful for that (plus, I still get a kick out of the Sword of Truth books. So sue me :P)
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How did you all get into the fantasy/sci-fi genre? What was your first exposure to this awesome world?