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The Eternal Man Goes To Rest: R.I.P. David Eddings

Posted by melancholygeek on June 6, 2009

belgariadAlthough it doesn’t really come up often in this blog, I am an avid reader not only of Science Fiction but also of Fantasy books, especially multi-tome epics. My all-time favorites in this line of literature have to be Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy and The Belgariad / The Malloreon created by David and Leigh Eddings.

Incidentally, I just recently, after reading nothing but classic SciFi for months, picked up Pawn of Prophecy again, for I really wanted to get back in the Fantasy mood and knew The Belgariad would do that for me. It is in many ways easy-reading, without ever to drift off into boring. It combines all the elements you love, the farmboy with a destiny, the immortal wizard, evil sorcerers, a pantheon of Gods and a band of companions so classic it defies description. But unlike other epics of the genre, you won’t get your ten storylines that perhaps will converge in the last 100 pages, 20-page setting-the-mood descriptions of a meadow, or any detailed depiction of a long journey during which basically nothing happens (not that such things are neccessarily a bad thing). Here you follow the protagonist on every step of his way, learn about his destiny as he does, and on every page something happens that brings you, and him, closer to this understanding. You learn about the beautifully drawn characters by watching them through his eyes, and for me that is a wonderful way to get sucked in a new world.

Many people told me how Eddings’ work, especially The Belgariad introduced them to Fantasy in the first place when they were kids, but as for most of really great genre literature, this isn’t just a kids-story. Yes it’s really accessible and probably not ‘high literature’, but even after 20 years it got me hooked all over again, right from the first chapter on.  And while I might not be prototype of a grown-up, should you be into Fantasy at all or just curious what the fuss is all about nut too scared to pick up The Lord Of The Rings, give the works of David and Leigh Eddings a try.

And if you like what you read, make sure you also check out David and Leigh Eddings’ (she hasn’t been credited on most of the works but contributed a lot as David stated) other work, not only the follow-up saga The Malloreon, but also the next, somewhat darker epics The Elenium and The Tamuli.

David Eddings passed away on June 2nd, preceded in death by his wife Leigh in February 2007.


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No More Sea Breezes, Cupcake. R.I.P. Andy Hallett

Posted by melancholygeek on March 31, 2009

180px-andy_hallett_by_ravenuI had a lot of things planned for my return to blogging, but I assure you, obituaries weren’t among them. Sadly, things don’t always go as planned.

I just got word over Twitter, by @moryan, that singer and actor Andy Hallett passed away last Sunday at the age of 33. After a five-year struggle, his heart gave in.

If you can’t place the name but the picture to the left looks vaguely familiar to you, you probably know him as the green-skinned demon Lorne from Joss Whedon’s popular Buffy-spin-off series Angel.

I won’t go on about his role on Angel or other parts of his career, for you can read up on this over at Mo’s column The Watcher, EOnline! or his wikipedia entry.

I usually don’t react so strongly to celebrity deaths, but for Andy, things seem so weird. I just lately finished watching Angel, and actually just recently saw Chance by Amber Benson, also featuring him. I loved his scenes, mostly his part in the park with James Marsters. And I deeply adored the character Lorne. Plus, the circumstances under which I watched both are of a kind that means quite a lot to me.

That and the fact that we were practically the same age just makes me feel… well, not good.

Lacking cranberry and grapefruit juice for a sea breeze, I just can raise a glass of red wine to toast to you Andy.

And seeing that his greatest moments as Lorne will probably be buzzin’ all over the webs anyway, here’s that part from Chance I mentioned, thanks to MissLunacy:

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In A World, That Has Lost It’s Voice

Posted by melancholygeek on September 4, 2008

Don LaFontaine died last weekend, age 68. Movie trailers will never be the same.

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Good Bye Michael Turner

Posted by melancholygeek on June 29, 2008

Comic book artist Michael Turner passed away late last Friday. Way, way too young.

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Stan Winston R.I.P.

Posted by melancholygeek on June 17, 2008

This is very sad news indeed.

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MIT pranks are the best

Posted by melancholygeek on March 26, 2008

Giant d20

Hell of a day at work today, but MIT made me smile. An oversized d20 on Killian Court in honor of recently deceased Gary Gygax. Those guys are great.

(via boingboing)

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