Formative Fiction

13 Jan

What books have you read that helped shape you into the human that you are at this moment?

I was asked to answer this question in my Literature for Teachers class. Here is my list:

Kender, Gully Dwarves & Gnomes


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


Dracula by Bram Stoker


Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton

eaters of the dead

This is by no means a full list, but these are the books I came up with in the ten minute time frame given to me.

What are some of your formative fiction books?


Posted by on January 13, 2015 in From the Desk of the Author


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13 responses to “Formative Fiction

  1. Gregory

    January 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    “Lord of the Rings”

    “Witch World” by Andre Norton

    “Camber of Culdi” by Katherine Kurtz

    “Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    • Len

      January 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      I am not familiar with all of those, but I will certainly look into them. Camber of Culdi by Katherine Kurtz = supreme alliteration.

      • Gregory

        January 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

        “Camber of Culdi” is the first of a prequel trilogy in Ms. Kurtz’s Deryni series. The original trilogy consists of “Deryni Rising,” “Deryni Checkmate,” and “High Deryni.” I’ve read most of the series, but missed a few in the mid-2000s. Everything that I have read is very good, but the early books read as a writer’s early works; still they are very good.

      • Len

        January 16, 2015 at 10:16 am

        Nice. I may have to keep my eyes open for those works. Thanks.

  2. Paul Davis

    January 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Nice! I like it. Hope class is going well.

    “Mountain of Madness” by Lovecraft

    “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells

    “Romeo and Juliet” (and many more) by Shakespeare

    “Gilgamesh” (and many other myths) by some guy

    • Len

      January 14, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      I can actually see your personality in some of those works, haha. The Epic of Gilgamesh is great.

  3. mdcampbell

    January 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Douglas Adams

    “The Hobbit” JRR Tolkien

    “And Then There Were None” Agatha Christie

    • Len

      January 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Yeah, the Hobbit was more formative for me than LOTR. A friend of mine in high school made me read Hiker’s Guide.

  4. debyfredericks

    January 13, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Andre Norton’s whole body of work, particularly her “Witch World” novels.
    Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, especially “Dragonflight” and “Dragonquest.”
    Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea books, especially “The Tombs of Atuan.”
    Good ol’ D&D first edition Player’s Manual.

    • Len

      January 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Earthsea was Sparrowhawk, correct?
      I still thumb through all my old D&D tomes.

  5. whyorick

    January 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    “The Soulforge ” Margeret Weis
    “Myth Adventures” Robert Aspirin
    And of course the Dragonlance series as a whole.

    • Len

      January 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

      We have discussed this in the past, I believe. Dragonlance stories still make me smile. Long live Flint the King!

      • whyorick

        January 16, 2015 at 11:38 am

        We have. They are a great fundamental for fantasy. As you know I recommend them for all fantasy authors, readers, or players!


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