"parthianbow" wrote:How funny! The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and the sequel The Moon of Gomrath were two of my all time favourites, as were the Susan Cooper books. Incidentally, Jules, did you know that the 2nd book, The Dark is Rising, was made in to a film about 1 or 2 years ago? Not seen it, but my dad said it was quite good.
OMG no! I must track it down; I LURVED those books. I started reading The Dark is Rising novels to my husband, but discovered that he falls asleep as soon as anyone starts reading to him (must be childhood programming). So we have not got far into book one (and he also forgets the last bits of what I read to him the night before....sooo frustrating :eek
I actually won my first writing competition at the age of 11 by writing a fantasy "novella" that I confess had a strong resemblance to Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner! Amazing writer - he made you feel as if the land itself could come alive at any moment, and there were all these hidden mysterious forces all around you, in the trees and lakes. Yup...big influence on my books! And Ben - hope you frame your bestseller list!
Author of Celtic historical fantasy
New book "THE RAVEN QUEEN" out Feb 22 2011: The story of Maeve, the famous warrior queen of Irish mythology.
Out now, "THE SWAN MAIDEN", the ancient tale of Deirdre, the Irish 'Helen of Troy'