Skip to comments.Seek Suggestions for 17 Year Old Grandson's Chirstmas Present:
Posted on 11/30/2012 8:05:10 PM PST by Vinylly
I have a 16 year old grandson that spends too much time on the computer and playing X games. He doesn't read books. So, I am thinking of giving him a couple of books for his christmas present. Two books I am thinking of is; 'The Richest Man In Babylon' by George Clasan and 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand. I would like suggestions from other writers that counter act the teaching he is getting in his school, and still be interesting for a 16 year old.
Get him his first gun.
Get him a .38 Taurus or a CZ52 and a copy of “Starship Troopers”
How about a trip to Vail wuth snowboard lessons
+1 on the gun idea. I suggest a semi-auto .22 like the Ruger 10/22. Can target shoot with it, hunt, plink, all kinds of things. Or, maybe a pellet gun, if he has not had experience with firearms yet.
Get him his first gun.
And membership in a gun club, a lot of ammo to practice with, and an experienced instructor or friend that knows how to shoot. If done right, he may find a life time interest that has additional value.
A trip to the shooting range?
With any luck, anytime the Food Stamp President appears on TV, a natural reflex will be to reach for his bible and his gun.
"One Second After" by William R. Forstchen. Will definitely drive home the fact that the government can't be everywhere all the time (i.e., the government can't be Santa when it all collapses). And the novel will challenge him to ask himself, "What would I do, in situations like this?"
And just as entertaining and challenging for adults.
A firearm — .22 would probably be best if he has no experience with guns. Also if he no experience, a semi-auto is less of a good idea. A bolt action would teach him to make his shots count.
Rand for a sixteen year old? Been a while since you were 16, huh.
The gun is a better idea.
Get him a gun, or a bow and arrow, or a good rod and reel.
Probably the most depressing book I’ve ever read. The diabetic kid, the nursing home visit...Not to give anything away of course.
BTW, I am an English teacher, and the books/works of lit. that counteracted all of the liberal crap are as follows:
Starship Troopers by Heinlein
Lord of the Flies by Golding
1985 by Burgess
Any Ayn Rand
Emerson’s “American Scholar”
Solzhenitsyn’s “Denisovitch” and “Archipelego”
but the biggest of all:
Whether you believe it or not, the Bible gave me a depth of understanding of literature and psychology that transcends everything.
They want CASH.
I loved George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984.
This'll get him off of the videogames..
A set of drums!
Try Earth Abides by George Stewart.
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