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Great books that a Teenage Boy would like?

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    I was a fan of the entire Chronicles of Narnia series at his age. C.S. Lewis was a brilliant fantasy author.
     
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    Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is pretty good. And I was a Kurt Vonnegut reading fool in my teens.
     
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    When I was that age I was reading a lot of David Eddings and Terry Brooks. I also got into Stephen King.

    Now, I just read non-fiction stuff when I get the chance (rare).
     
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    Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, catcher in the rye, treasure Island, call of the wild, white fang,
     
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    Dune series. Asimov's Foundation series and Robot series. I loved SciFi at that age. Probably still do.
     
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    Some entry level fantasy is David Eddings' Belgariad series. Not as thick as The Wheel of Time, and not as verbose as The Lord of The Rings. +1 for The Hitchikers Guide.
     
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    As mentioned earlier, the Horatio Hornblower series.
    Also: Heinlein's Starship Troopers
    Pournelle and Niven's The Mote in Gods Eye
    Pournelle and Stirling's The Prince
    Sagan's Cosmos
    Harold Coyle's The Ten Thousand
     
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    I still have the Hardy Boys. Around 40 hardcovers, all read once, by me, 50 years ago. Most in pristine condition. Amazing, really, how much other stuff I've lost track of, but I still have these.
     
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    Andre Norton. Ursula K. Le Guin.
     
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    Yes, but borderline. I think I read the Hardys at age 10. Too much younger and the 'boys' would seem too much older to connect with. Everything they did seemed a little bit possible. But by the time I was 13-14, I was thinking of ... uh, girls probably.

    So maybe Hustler?
     
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    Starting in my early-mid teens, I got into Stephen King's Dark Tower series, gradually working my way through more or less in order as he wrote successive installlments...finishing with the final one several years ago. I have always liked how Stephen King handles dialog between characters.

    Another excellent character developer and dialog writer, but from a totally different planet than Stephen King, is Elmore Leonard. Probably doesn't have a bad book in his body of crime fiction.

    I love just about everything I've ever read by Robert Parker, particularly the Spenser detective series.

    I liked reading Clive Cussler's "Dirk Pitt" and "Oregon FIles" series of adventure fiction too. I still get a kick out of them once in awhile, but they seem pretty laughably heavy-handed now in some ways. Subtlety is not Clive Cussler's thing.
     
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    A lot of the best Sci-fi & fantasy stuff has already been suggested. Dune and Enders Game are pretty much teenage boy bibles. I got into Clive Barker around that time, but you may find it a bit too kinky for your kid... same goes, in a different way, for the Thomas Covenant books. Piers Anthony (Xanth!) is pretty good for tongue-in-cheek sword & sorcery.
     
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    Great literature + sports lover = The Natural, or Paper Liions
     
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    Sports & Baseball? You must get him "Moneyball". Even if he's seen the movie, the book is a lot better and goes into the technical theme.

    Robert E Howard Conan series, Anthony's Xanath series (first 4), Rosenberg The Sleeping Dragon series (first 4), Donaldson Thomas Covenant, Ender's Game, Asimov Foundation series (first 3) along with Adams Hitchhiker's guide (which is a spoof of a lot of Foundation), Asimov's I Robot, and Niven's Ringworld. Niven co-authored Footfall and Hammer Of The Gods and Mote In God's Eye that are all good. Louis L'amore Last of the Breed is good but western not sci-fi, would go well with Jack London (but his books are usually done in junior high classes). A little different you could go with the ann rice vampire chronicles series, barbara hambly Darwath series and Those Who Hunt The Night.

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    The Ashtown Burials (series)
    By Nathan Wilson

    Excellent (and not about burials in the sense you're probably thinking)
     
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    Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
    Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold
    The Dragon Waits
    Princes of the Air both by John M Ford
     
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    The most influential book in my life. It made me major in physics.
     
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