Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

RIP David Eddings

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » DU Groups » Reading & Writing » Fantasy Literature Group Donate to DU
 
semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 08:22 AM
Original message
RIP David Eddings
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1810562/fantas...

"David Eddings, the acclaimed fantasy novelist and author of such series as The Belgariad and The Malloreon, has died at the age of 77. David Eddings was predeceased by his wife and writing partner Leigh two years ago.

David Eddings started his adult life as a college lecturer. However David Eddings soon found that writing was his main love, so he quit the job, worked at a grocery store to survive, while working on his
Fantasy Novelist David Eddings Has Died
writing.

The early efforts of David Eddings did not bear much fruit, producing one adventure novel The High Hunt, about a deer hunt that goes wrong. Then a chance encounter with a copy of The Lord of the Rings suggested to him that he should try his hand at fantasy.

David Eddings' first fantasy novel, The Pawn of Prophecy, was published in 1982. The Pawn of Prophecy was the first of a five part series called the Belgariad, a sweeping epic that centered on a young boy, raised in a peasant village, who turns out to be the hope of his world that is involved in a war of good vs. evil that not only involves nations, but ancient gods.

The boy of destiny and the cosmic war of good vs. evil are well worn themes in modern fantasy fiction. But David Eddings made the themes fresh with humor and sharp characterizations. The Belgariad spawned a sequel, the five part Malloreon, and several stand alone novels set in the same fantasy universe."

I remember coming across Eddings' work at Uncle Hugo's bookstore in Minneapolis when I was about 12 or 13, right when the third book came out, and I had my mom buy me the first novel. I was hooked after that. To this day, his characters rank up with all the classics from fantasy literature. He was definitely one of my favorites.
Refresh | 0 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 07:39 PM
Response to Original message
1. RIP
:(
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 09:02 PM
Response to Original message
2. I had no idea that he'd gotten started so (comparitively) late in life
Sorry to hear that he's left us.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
WhollyHeretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-08-09 12:53 PM
Response to Original message
3. The Belgariad series was what got me into fantasy in elementary school
I read the Belgariad series and the Malloreon series several times when I was younger. I'll have to see if I can dig any of those books up.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
motely36 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 08:30 AM
Response to Original message
4. How very sad
I loved the Belgariad as a teen. They were some of my favorites. I should go back and read them again.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Oct 25th 2014, 10:40 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » DU Groups » Reading & Writing » Fantasy Literature Group Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC