img_1105REVEAL: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand makes my list in Books & Beginnings XII. My distrust of authority never recovered from my study of Ayn Rand. In fact, one of my favorite lines of all time comes from Atlas Shrugged.

It comes after a long monologue after quite a long conflict between a man who creates something invaluable the government wishes to control that would be free to everyone if the government would stop getting in the way.  This is an over-simplification but the line is simple:

“Get the Hell out of my way.”


Up Next: My love of fantasy was reborn in this simple adventure with magnificent characters.

The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor’s farm. For all the rest of his life he had a special warm feeling for kitchens and those peculiar sounds and smells that seemed somehow to combine into the bustling seriousness that had to do with love and food and comfort and security, and above all, home. No matter how high Garion rose in life, he never forgot that all his memories began in that kitchen.

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  1. I not only know this one, but the books still remain one of my all time favourite fantasy series. I have all of the Belgariad/Mallorean series and related books, Elenium/Tamuli books, The Redemption of Althalus and the first of The Dreamers books (it didn’t do a lot for me so haven’t read more of that series). I read the other three single title books (library loans) but don’t own.

    I bought Pawn of Prophecy and started to read it but found the prologue boring. I put it to one side for about a year (or longer?) before picking it up again. This time I skipped the prologue and started with chapter one and wished I’d done that the first time. Couldn’t put it down. These books live on my “will not part with unless over my dead body” bookshelves.

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    1. We have this in common. I loved all of the Eddings books. His characters were simply wonderful. I was especially enamored of Silk. It was one of those books where I wished I could have a beer with the characters. Ah…if I can only put the same mojo in my books.

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