This journal is Friends-Only since August 13, 2002 and I toy with public posting sometimes but let's be real, I pretty much usually post under friends lock.
If you'd like me to add you, comment here and let me know where I know you from or why you'd like me to add you.
I am cutting some people, if u get cut don't freak out, it's a combo of like people I don't know that well, people who haven't posted in a really long time, people I don't really talk to anymore, etc. If you want to still be friends or give connecting another go just gimme a heads up, I'll put the comments screened here or you can IM/PM me.
I totally did a massive friends cut yesterday or the day before, people I never talk to, or who aren't around anymore, variety of reasons. If I deleted you and you'd like to stay on my list, though, let me know.
It's really hard to pick just one. I'll just list a few that were really influential:
-Diane Duane, "So You Want to be a Wizard"
It really opened up for me the idea of magic and science being something complementary rather than contradictory, and the setting of the story in the mundane US made the fantasy much more interesting. It's the first book in a series, and at nearly 22, I'm eagerly awaiting the next book, due out this spring.
-Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time"
Another book I loved, for many of the same reasons. The dark tones in L'Engle's books really spoke to me as a young teenager.
-Susan Cooper, "The Dark is Rising" series
I'm starting to sense a theme here... however, I found the prose to be timeless and excellent, even though the series was written long before I was born. This, along with Nancy Bond's "A String in the Harp" and Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" series are what prompted my love of Wales.
-John Marsden, "Tomorrow, When the War Began" series
Post-apocalyptic fiction is always a hit with me, and I found the idea of going away for a weekend and coming back to an invasion intriguing. Other superior reads in the genre include Garth Nix's "Shade's Children" and Bruce Coville and Jane Yolen's "Armageddon Summer".
Brian Jacques, "Redwall" series
Richard Adams, "Watership Down"
Kenneth Grahame, "The Wind in the Willows"
Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women"
What about you guys? Anything you loved dearly, or recommend now?