For my final post tonight, I thought of my passion for reading; especially in bed at night.
Ever since I could string words together, I have loved reading; mostly fantasy or sci-fi. Over the last few years, I’ve expanded into crime, thrillers and the odd biography. So this Top 5 was tough, there are so many great authors out there; creating worlds and characters that stick with you. Like the small skirmish post, I set myself criteria –
- Influential story
- Memorable characters
- Great writing
- Orson Scott Card, from fantasy to sci-fi; Card has the ability to draw you into his characters and make you believe they are real. Anyone who has read Enders Game or Enders Shadow, will know exactly what I mean.
- Melanie Rawn – I have always had a passion for medieval dragons (rather than oriental), so seeing a book with a dragon and the title of Dragon Prince on it; I was hooked. For me Rawn is a better storyteller, than McCaffery will ever be. Her characters have such depth to them, you feel everything they go through. Like George RR Martin though, she is not above killing off characters.
- Joel Rosenberg – I’ve just had a shock, I just looked him up and noticed that he died this year. Guardians of the Flame, is perhaps the most influential series of books for me. What started out as a RPG cross over, became a fight for justice and equality. I particularly remember the character of Ahira aka James Finnigan, a young lad with a disability; who actually becomes his RPG character. It struck a cord with me, that no other book has since. RIP Joel, so many thanks for the inspiration.
- Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman – If you don’t know who these ladies are, then you have obviously never roleplayed. Hickman/Weiss, create the mythical world of Krynn; from which Dragonlance was born. Like nearly everyone I know, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, has to be my favourite character *ever*.
- Stephen Laws – This guy is no Stephen King, Stephen Laws is better than King will ever be. Laws has to me, an almost Lovecraft edge to his writing. Able to translate on to paper, the Macabre and Daemonic horrors he is imagining. He also has, perhaps one of the most twisted minds, I have every come across in a writer.