R.I.P. David Eddings, 1931-2009

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David Eddings

The world of fantasy literature has lost one of its modern giants. David Eddings, best known for his Malloreon series and The Belgariad, passed away Tuesday at the age of 77.

Eddings enjoyed a long career of writing popular books of fantasy, many with his wife Leigh, who passed away in 2007 after a stroke. He freely admitted that he got into writing fantasy for the money, after seeing a copy of The Lord of the Rings in its 73rd printing. Whatever his reasons, however, he delivered well-written books that captivated readers with rich characterizations built on familiar plots. He never pretended to be an author of great literature, preferring rather to think of himself as a storyteller.

Eddings passed away in his hometown of Carson City, Nevada of an undisclosed cause. His works will almost certainly live on well after his death to entertain readers for generations to come. All of us at GeekDad mourn his loss.

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