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Re: Fantasy Writers to Follow on Twitter This isn't a verified account either, but I can assure you it's her. Me. Whatever.

@ElspethCooper

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August 06, 2011, 04:35:58 PM
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Re: Books that changed your life I was still in primary school, so couldn't have been more than 9, and we had a beardy, sandal-wearing, guitar-playing teacher for the final year, whose name escapes me but if he's still alive I'd love to track him down just to give him a copy of Songs and my heartfelt thanks.

Anyway, Mr Beard sat us down in the library corner one day and started reading us a book. It was full of adventure: it had Vikings and monsters and snow and heroes and swords and and and . . .

I was riveted. Utterly captivated. When he'd finished, I asked if I could borrow the book because I wanted to read it myself. He gave me a "yeah, right" look but he already knew my appetite for books by then, and handed it over. It was a translation of Beowulf, and I was hooked.

I already had one foot on the slippery slope of fantasy - come on, what kind of parents read their little daughter Ivanhoe as a bedtime story? Oh, yeah, mine - but Beowulf gave me the two-handed shove over the edge. And it was all Mr Beard's fault.

If you're out there, sir, pick a pub. I'm buying.

January 19, 2012, 11:02:16 AM
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Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina? To be strictly accurate, the island in question resembles a vulva, rather than a vagina, but don't let that get in the way of the debate. For the record, I can't stop myself wondering if the Oath Rod requires batteries . . . :o
February 06, 2012, 05:05:28 PM
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