“This trilogy is the gold standard in terms of fantasy writing.
The versions I would have first encountered would have been the hardbacks that my parents borrowed from the library. They had these great, crinkly maps that unfolded from inside the back cover – you could spread them out on the living room carpet and study them for hours. There were all these little places that only get mentioned in passing in the story but there they all are, mapped and visitable.
It was that sense of scale, as well – that sense of this vast world going on, then a vast story being set inside it. It was all very inspiring to a small lad. I read it several times while growing up and each time I got something different from it. I wouldn’t say it’s what inspired me to write because I was already writing by then, but it certainly influenced the sort of things that I do write. It’s how I’ve made my living – I make up worlds. As an adult, there are things about the story that I don’t like so much, but as a creation of an imaginary world, I still think it’s the gold standard.” Read more...
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