Saturday, May 19, 2007

sad passing

No, not that fat, hate-filled demagogue Falwell.

Lloyd Alexander, superb children's fantasy author, has died.

Author of the brilliant Prydain Chronicles, the gripping Westmark Trilogy and (significant to only me perhaps) The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha, a stand-alone that captured my imagination 25 years ago when I first (and last!) read it. Must try and track down a copy of that...

Reading the Prydain Chronicles at the age of 10 or 12 was entrancing, and spurred me to read The Mabinogion and investigate more into Welsh history and legend. I still have no idea how to pronounce any of the names though.

If you've not read them, and have any interest in fantasy at all, read these books.

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