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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

David Eddings, at 77

I learned by Stephen Hunt that David Eddings passed away yesterday night, age 77. According to Hunt, "his commercial success paved the way for a whole generation of doorstopper sized fantasy series."

Apparently, he died of a stroke - the same thing that, in 2007, took the life of his wife, Leigh Eddings, with whom he had written several of his books. He never recovered from her loss.

Though I never read any of his books (yet), I was saddened by the news and I pay my respects to his family in the name of the FBC team.

1 comments:

Bel said...

Thanks for sharing the news, sad albeit it be. That being said...you haven't read David Eddings?! He was the author who turned me back to being a major fantasy fans, after I left behind the fairy tales and fables of childhood. I know, the description on the back cover of _Pawn of Prophecy_ and its sequels may not be the most compelling out there, but don't let that turn you away, because the book(s) are excellent! I thank my friend who gave me that first book as a Christmas present, and which I read over the school holidays because I didn't have much else to do. As soon as school was back in session, I took out all the sequels in the school library and proceeded to read them every night instead of doing my homework! Please, do yourself a favor and read a David Eddings book today. I look forward to hearing your feedback and retro-review on it. :)

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