When I was eleven my mom finally relented and let me read a Dean Koontz novel. Hes' been my favorite author ever since. He's just too brilliant to put into words. His stories drag you along at break neck speed and thrust you deep into his dark and twisted imagination. It is impossible for me to select a single favorite of his from among his extensive list of work. I can't do it. I can't choose just one of his books to label my favorite. I do have a list of favorites, but that's another post.
Lucy Maud Montgomery gave me Anne of Green Gables and I will forever adore her for that. I must have read those books one hundred times by now. I can't help but get sucked into Anne's world. I feel her pain, her sorrow and her joy right along with her. I really feel like Anne and I are kindred spirits.
In grade eight I went into my schools library and searched the shelves for something different, something epic and fantastic. I selected The Count of Monte Cristo and Dumas delighted me with the wonderful, tragic and heroic tale of Edmund Dantes. I've read the book through a couple times and each time it delights me more than the last.
Finally, a book you've likely never heard of, at least I've never come across anyone else who has read it or even heard about it. I am David by Anne Holm. It's the tale of a boy that escapes a concentration camp and heads north for Denmark. The whole way, he's terrified of being caught and every time I read it I'm terrified right along with him.
Last, but certainly NOT least is the man of the hour, George R. R. Martin, author of the epic A Song of Ice and Fire, which has been adapted for television and airs on HBO as Game of Thrones. If you haven't read these books, go read them. Martin took me away to Westeros and part of me will never leave. He showed me people I could love, people I hate, people that are so vile it's hard to stomach them. It is unreal to me, that this epic story could come from the mind of one human being. And George, if you happen to read this, could you please hurry up with that next book. I'm dying to read it!!!