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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Books you've just GOTTA read!! #4

(Or our favorite under-appreciated, under-loved, long-forgotten or never heard of books that we know you'll love just as much as we do when we convince you to finally read them!...phew....books....)

Let's continue with DesLily's favorite long-forgotten books:

......Then there is David Eddings and his Belgariad series. Sadly Mr Eddings recently passed away, but he did leave a legacy of his books behind so that others may still find his world and his characters and his wizards!

This series of books began in 1982 (well that means some of you were born!) and is a series of 5 books.

Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, Enchanters' End Game.

It is followed by The Malloreon which is a five book sequel that continues the story started in the Belgariad. The two books added later: Bergarath the Sorcerer and Polara the Sorceress.

Besides being an adventure filled with wars and secrets, it is a very character driven series of books. Once again I found that the characters felt like I knew them. (or wanted to know them) This is just another example of a series of books that no longer gets talked about or mentioned. They too have found their way onto the "forgotten list of extraordinary books.".. and yet I so wanted to meet Belgarath and Polgara!! (and still do!)......

Eddings is yet another author that I haven't read. He died in June of this year and while googling him, I found a great article about him on Starlog.com.
Eddings had some strong reservations about how fantasy is written today, especially concerning the genre’s prudishness. He charged the veritable father of fantasy with starting the trend. “Papa Tolkien was such a prissy guy,” Eddings claimed. “I would also say that this is the prissiest art form that there is. That’s what fantasy is about now. Tolkien didn’t want boy-girl relationships. [But during that time], there was a certain amount of hanky-panky going on. Click here to read the article in its entirety.

DesLily has convinced me, I'm going to check out this genre, and I'll certainly begin with her favorites.

(The last part of DesLily's discussion of her favorites will continue on Saturday..You're just gonna have to wait and see what's in store.. I know...I'm evil....)


Anonymous said...

Intriguing remarks about Tolkien. I mayy have to check out Eddings!

DesLily said...

I went around for a long long loooong time joking that I was engaged to Belgarath the Sorcerer after reading these books LOL