I love tortoises and turtles. They’re one of the many things I have gained affection for purely through literature. In this particular case, my affection was borne of reading Terry Pratchett’s SMALL GODS on one of the flights around America in 1996 while going to meet my net friends. I had run out of reading material and bought SMALL GODS in desperation, not because I thought it would be good, but because I had read several earlier Pratchett novels, loathed them all universally, and figured that at least I knew what I was getting into with SMALL GODS.
It was a more-than pleasant surprise to discover he’d evolved from the straight parody of the earlier books, and that SMALL GODS was in fact an extremely entertaining story. And I came out of it with a great love for turtles and tortoises. :)