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Who are your influences?


One of my best memories is when I picked up David Eddings The Belgariad. I thought that this is how fantasy should be. Not like the extremely sloooooow Lord of the Rings. Tolkien never got me hooked. I actually never finished The Two Towers ...
So I'm guessing Eddings is an influence. Another one is Herbie Brennan. He's got a knack for not writing unnecessary stuff. To the point. Get on with it, and all that. A bit like a good movie. Can't have unecessary and boring bits there, now can you?
Others that I remember fondly:
Raymond E Feist (Magician)
Eoin Colfer (all Artemis Fowl)
Lev Grossman (The Magicians, wow, what a book!)
J.K. Rowling (goes without saying)
Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas, for instance ...)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon (The Shadow of the Wind)
Neil Gaiman (best storyteller ever?)

and so on and so on


And some more obscure writers from decades past, as well as some of the more classical - Dante anyone?

I like the imagery in Dante's work, but I like the drama and tragedy of Milton. By the way, have you experienced a Dante-like/afterlife dream?