The first Book Blogger Hop of the New Year! I hope everyone has an excellent 2011.
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This week's question is: "What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"
Answer: My favorite author is Charles de Lint. When I first discovered him I was blown away and so thankful. I had found an author and stories that I had been searching for my entire life. He is, I feel, one of the pioneers of Urban Fantasy. Most of his stories (especially the Newford Series) take place in the modern world with magic happening on the outskirts, if you just look...if you just believe. de Lint seems to have peered into my soul and pulled these stories out and given them back to me. He has given me characters and experiences that I had always wanted to read about and that I never wanted to end. Okay I confess, I more than just want to read about this place where his exceptional kind of magic happens, I want to live there, make friends with his characters and experience the magic.
How did they influence me? They have given me hope. I want to believe that magical things happen and maybe if we just open our eyes and our hearts we can see that the magic has been there all along.