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I don't remember what it was called. It was a book about a little girl who went fishing with her grandfather. They caught mussels.
It was the first book I ever read, so it must have the biggest impact on me.

Other ones:
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R Tolkien
The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett(the first Discworld novel I ever read)
BattleAxe, by Sara Douglass (not a great book, but had a single scene which inspired a single line which evolved to become my second novella)
The Smile, by William Blake (a poem)
The Raven, by E. A. Poe (a poem)
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
Memories of Ice, by Steven Erikson.

That's just a few. I have more, but I can't think of them right now.


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A_MacLaren said:
BattleAxe, by Sara Douglass (not a great book, but had a single scene which inspired a single line which evolved to become my second novella)

You've caught my attention. Which scene?

on Topic: The Shining by Stephen King was when I decided I wanted to write. And (Alex, you'll kick me) Magician by Ray Feist was when I decided I wanted to write fantasy.


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I must admit, the book that had the biggest influence on my reading was probably one of the Shannara books. The one that had Garret Jax in it. He was a great character.


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The Four Agreements and The Voice of Knowledge by Miguel Ruiz

The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis


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Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead were both experiences that still are unforgettable to me. Perhaps it's because I've always shared Ms. Rand's convictions that they spoke to me so powerfully.


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I had the Lord of the Rings read to me aloud by my dad when I was younger, so that helped get me into reading.

I used to read the Animorphs by K.A. Applegate. It was like a 60 book series and I never read them all, but I read over half of them. That influenced me and kept me reading. I got lots of experience from those :) .


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You've caught my attention. Which scene?
It was at the very start of the book. When the baby eats it's way out of the mother. The setting and the wraiths inspired the line 'Ours is the path of white snow and black stone,' Which eventually became my novella 'Summer'.
If I hadn't read a lot of better fantasy first, I would have liked Feist. I can see how he could inspire you to write fantasy.


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Too many to mention... but if I were to try for one, I'd say.........
Invisible Man -Ralph Ellison

I recommend this book to anybody that reads. Period.


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I can't really pick out a book, but I can pick an author!

Stephen King has definitely been my biggest inspiration to write.

Lord of the Rings also had a big impact.


brockDXD said:
well? Let me know, i need to read more.

Fiction: Neuromancer by William Gibson and Hitchhikers Guide by Douglas Adams.

Non Fiction: Stephen King's On Writing and How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card.


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"The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger. The teenage main character, Holden Caulfield, expressed everything I felt about the phoniness of modern life.

I found Holden to be abolutely infuritating in his contant hypocritical repetitions.

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Anthem by Ayn Rand- made me realise the evils of her very philosophy, but also brought to light the importance of stylism in lit
The Giver- Made me hate the killing of humans, even if it is done supposedly for the sake of "mercy killings." Kind of exposed the culture of America for what it really is.


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There were two books that had a huge impact on me, at different times and for different reasons.

The first was "Citizen of the Galaxy" by Robert Heinlein, which I read when I was 13. It was the first novel I ever read and I only picked it up out of sheer boredom while I was lying in bed recovering from the flu. Up until that day, I'd had no interest in books. In terms of literary merit, it really has none - it was one of Heinlein's many sci-fi novels for teenagers. But once I picked up that first book I never looked back.

The second was Baudelaire's "Flowers of Evil", which I first read over a year ago, and it really did changed my life. Up until that point I was blindly walking along the corporate career path, no end in sight. It woke me up to the possibility of living the life I wanted to live on my terms.

It's been an interesting year.


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Or at least his editor knew how. I wouldn't say it's innapropriate to have typographical errors in a reply to a post on the internet.


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Portrait of an artist as a young man


crime and punishment

after reading those two

I wrote a forty page story full of 16 year old angst

been writing ever since.


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oh and just read

old school (God i hope that was the title) by Tobbias Wolfe (God i hope that's how you speel his name).

Syklor will be pleased to know the thing that really got me about this book was economy of words....

Oh and The dark is Rising - books

and all the Arthiurian books ever written

and Enid Blyton (farway tree....)

and CS Lewis

and an obscure Sci Fi book called the fifth experiment

shit now i can't stop.......

Travels with my Aunt (great book!)

My name is Asher Lev - hell this should have been first.....

No, no, The Norse Myths, Aboriginal dreamtime stories, the Greeks Myths and the Magabignon (however that damn word is spelt!) - yes, yes mths first - devoured them from age 9 to around 15!


The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick. It was a collection of the best sci-fi I had ever read, and the best use of the short story I've seen to date - especially in the extremely pointed stories "The Pre-Persons" and "The Golden Man".
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