View Full Version : RIP David Eddings

2009-06-04, 08:07 PM
Just read this (http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/news/arc/2009/nz14000.php) on the straight dope. (http://www.straightdope.com/)

Not the greatest of "authors", but his books helped me waste some time over the years.

I'm sorry to see you go Dave. , but I'm glad you and the missus are together again.

Thane of Fife
2009-06-04, 08:12 PM
I just read this elsewhere. Rest in peace, good sir, and thanks for the good times.

2009-06-04, 10:06 PM
What the...really? Damn. I really liked the guy. Wrote derivative cash-in works that were better than what he was ripping off and didn't afraid of anything.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Eddings. Your novels will always be my first love in non-anthropomorphic-animal fantasy, and the Rivan Codex will remain in my desk drawer as my primary world-building guide.

2009-06-04, 10:33 PM
Wow :( The Belgariad was one of the first fantasy series I ever really got into.

Mr. Scaly
2009-06-04, 11:02 PM
Your heroes were all smart alecks and your villains were all jerks...we'll miss you.

2009-06-05, 04:43 AM
Aww man!:smallfrown:

2009-06-05, 04:50 AM
There goes another one of my favourite authors...You shall be sorely missed.

Once Feist is gone, I'm going to be severely lacking any good books...

2009-06-05, 04:57 AM
No... another person to mourn. :smallfrown:

2009-06-05, 02:57 PM
Not a groundbreaking author, but along with Salvatore he introduced me to fantasy, even though he's gone, I'm sure the adventures of Garion and Sparhawk will always be books I read once a year or so. Rest in peace.

2009-06-05, 03:02 PM
Damn. His books weren't the greatest ones around, but they were fun to read. And I really liked Elenium. Sad.:smallfrown:

2009-06-05, 03:29 PM
Awww man. I remember reading Belgariad and Mallorean as a kid, loving every minute of it.


H. Zee
2009-06-05, 04:08 PM
Well, crap.

This was the guy who got me into Fantasy fiction in the first place. Looking back, not the best author, but damn he seemed like it at the time.


2009-06-05, 04:18 PM
He chose to write derivate cliche books to see if he could make them good... and he succeeded beyond the capabilities of most.

Rest in peace.

2009-06-05, 04:22 PM
RIP David. :smalleek:

2009-06-05, 04:22 PM
Fare thee well, Dave. Your wit and creativity will be sorely missed - and may your books survive with the passage of time to serve as your memorial. May Garion and Silk and Belgarath be introduced to another generation of readers, as vivid and real as the day you dreamed them.

Rest in peace, and may your legacy live on eternal. :smallfrown:

2009-06-05, 05:02 PM
It is truly sad news to learn that Mr Eddings has passed.

I just started reading the Dreamers series a little while ago after having re-read the Belgariad for the nth time.

As has been said here before, his books weren't literary masterpieces, but they did what they set out to do. Entertain people (and pay Eddings' mortgage).

Truly sad news.

2009-06-05, 06:45 PM
He was not unlike the Stephen King of fantasy, and I say that with respect. RIP, sir. I really enjoyed your books.

2009-06-05, 06:52 PM
While his literary style can be questioned he was one of the first authors I read and got me into reading. And the Codex is still the basis for how I construct my settings. For that I must honour the man and express my regard to his family and friends.

2009-06-05, 08:36 PM
The Redemption of Althalus and The Losers are permanent staples on my 'favourite books' list.

And Sparhawk forever!

2009-06-06, 02:37 AM
I recall that I bought the Sorceress of Darshiva and didn't like it at all but, now as I read this thread, I know it's no reason to not give him the credit he deserves. It is not required of anyone to be groundbreaking, just interesting, and I'm sure people whose first fantasy books were his appreciate them very much.

Rest in peace.

2009-06-06, 01:22 PM
I got into Eddings way too late on in my reading to like anything about his books, but there's no way I can call this anything but sad news, especially given how many people used him as a gateway to fantasy :smalleek:

2009-06-06, 05:04 PM
My girlfriend is going to be very sad.

2009-06-06, 05:08 PM
One of my first fantasy authors.
May he rest in peace.

2009-06-08, 04:42 AM
His books were the first grown-up fantasy that I read, and for that I will be forever grateful.

2009-06-08, 05:04 AM
*shakes fist at cosmos*

2009-06-08, 05:20 AM
Even though I didn't really like his later books, he still has a place in my heart as the one who really introduced me to fantasy. The Belgariad was the first thing I ever read (after Narnia).

Rest in peace.

2009-06-08, 09:49 AM
He had a gift for telling the standard story with so much wit and energy that it seemed almost new. Barely a few pages pass by in which he doesn't make me laugh or at least smile.