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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.


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1 posted on 11/30/2012 8:05:23 PM PST by Vinylly
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To: Vinylly

Get him his first gun.


2 posted on 11/30/2012 8:06:25 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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Get him a .38 Taurus or a CZ52 and a copy of “Starship Troopers”


3 posted on 11/30/2012 8:10:50 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Vinylly

How about a trip to Vail wuth snowboard lessons


4 posted on 11/30/2012 8:11:27 PM PST by KTM rider ( , you'd be lucky to get $7)
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To: Vinylly
17 is about when I got hooked on Clive Cussler Raise the Titanic.
5 posted on 11/30/2012 8:12:17 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Vinylly

+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.


6 posted on 11/30/2012 8:12:43 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: GladesGuru

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.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 8:13:22 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Vinylly

A trip to the shooting range?


8 posted on 11/30/2012 8:13:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

With any luck, anytime the Food Stamp President appears on TV, a natural reflex will be to reach for his bible and his gun.


9 posted on 11/30/2012 8:15:12 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Vinylly
More entertaining (and more likely to be read):

"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.

10 posted on 11/30/2012 8:16:57 PM PST by AUTiger83
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To: Vinylly

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.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 8:17:39 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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Rand for a sixteen year old? Been a while since you were 16, huh.

The gun is a better idea.


12 posted on 11/30/2012 8:19:26 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: Vinylly

Get him a gun, or a bow and arrow, or a good rod and reel.


13 posted on 11/30/2012 8:20:05 PM PST by fso301
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To: AUTiger83

Probably the most depressing book I’ve ever read. The diabetic kid, the nursing home visit...Not to give anything away of course.


14 posted on 11/30/2012 8:20:05 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: struggle

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
Thoreau’s Walden
Emerson’s “American Scholar”
Solzhenitsyn’s “Denisovitch” and “Archipelego”

but the biggest of all:
THE BIBLE.

Whether you believe it or not, the Bible gave me a depth of understanding of literature and psychology that transcends everything.


15 posted on 11/30/2012 8:21:05 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Vinylly

They want CASH.


16 posted on 11/30/2012 8:21:05 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Vinylly

I loved George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984.


17 posted on 11/30/2012 8:21:59 PM PST by Gritty-Kitty
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To: annieokie

This'll get him off of the videogames..

18 posted on 11/30/2012 8:24:49 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Vinylly

A set of drums!


19 posted on 11/30/2012 8:24:52 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: struggle

Try Earth Abides by George Stewart.


20 posted on 11/30/2012 8:25:21 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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