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Puffy Treat
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Lloyd Alexander, author of the award-winning Chronicles of Prydain series as well as numerous other novels died last Thursday at age 83. [Frown]
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I saw the news this morning. It's sad, but he sure left a great legacy of fun books. He's the reason I got into fantasy, both reading and writing. And as a grad student of literature, I've read a lot of great works, but The High King has been my favorite book since I was about 10.
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I loved those books. A lot.
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Huh. I thought he was dead before I was born.

I personally loved Taran Wanderer.

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He was an amazing writer. I can't remember which of my friends (or maybe it was someone one Hatrack) wrote him a fan letter which he very kindly replied to.

His books definitely made up part of who I am today.

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Yeah...he changed the way I viewed writing, and in some ways the world.


I cried reading The High King...and I was in my mid/late teens.


mph...Taran Wanderer is one of my all time favorite books too.

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I was so hooked on his books between 4th and 6th grades. I wrote a piano piece, named it after Taran, and sent him a tape of it. He sent me a very gracious response. What a great guy. What a great writer.
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[Frown] That's very sad indeed. I loved his books as a kid, and I still love them. I juct checked one I hadn't read out of the library yesterday.
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My son really enjoys the Prydain Chronicles. This is sad.
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[Frown] I've been reading the Prydain books recently and have been happy to find they still hold up well. Taran Wanderer is one of my faves too.
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I wrote about Taran Wanderer for my high school honors English application. I got in.

I also thought he'd died before I was born.

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[Frown] Such a great series of books. I want to re-read them...
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He had a new book come out every several years or so. I remember as a High School kid back in the 90s being delighted to read his latest stuff.
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I had no idea he was still alive! RIP, Lloyd. I'll have to re-read some of him in his honor.
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I liked Time Cat.
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He was pretty much what got me into fantasy when I was younger. I haven't re-read the Prydain Chronicles in a while. Now might be a good time.
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ditto on what most of you have been saying here...

RIP Lloyd

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I read The Black Cauldron in 5th grade, and it was OK but I wonder if perhaps it just rubbed me the wrong way at that age. Perhaps I should give Mr. Alexander another try.
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Well start with The Book of Three. The Black Cauldron was the second book in the series.
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For those who only know Alexander from the Pyrdain Chronicles, I highly recommend:

The Westmark Trilogy
The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha

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Puffy Treat
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I'd suggest The Iron Ring and The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen.
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The book of three... That was the first fantasy I read that wasn't written by Tolkien or Lewis... I didn't finish it, because I thought it was weird. But, I think I'll give it another try. I've read a lot more fantasy now, and I'll probably read it and think that it's brilliant. It's happened before.
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I second the views above. I loved the High King Series, Taran Wanderer and The High King in particular.

Taran Wanderer is a wonderful book and the High King is the only book I have cried at while reading. The last two chapters are so moving.

I would love to see them make a real movie series out of these books.

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