Variation on a theme perhaps, but I'm not going to talk about JRRT - well not yet
Same thing with Pterry but we write about him everywhere so perhaps if we talk about his work in this thread it'll about THE one (or the few) Terry book(s) that you love above all the rest because it has soem special meaning or has endeared itself to you in some way or other.
I know I'm not alone on here in loving books and the more you read, the more 'taste' you acquire, but, looking back on your reading 'career', there's generally at least one book - or several as the Discworld World Cup bears out,
that become firm favourites and that you might read again and again over a lifetime. And then
there are the books that set your mind alight, make you cry or touch you so profoundly in some respects that they can literally change your life, your whole world perspective.
I can bang on about Middle Earth elsewhere right now, but two other sci-fi/fantasy authors blew me away a few years before
I discovered Pterry, both written by women and both dealing in prehistory amongst other things. So thread starters perks, because I know 2 other people on here enjoy Julian May (yes she's a lady!
) and her 2 masterpiece tetralogies (which form one huge serial set in the far future and on Earth 6 millions years ago) The Saga of the Exiles
in the US) with The Galactic Milieu Trilogy
as a prequel to that and as both prequel/sequel to the Exiles too. It's a brilliant cycle of books with truly excellent writing and vision that unites humans and 4 other races of aliens in a benevolent confederation headed by a prescient, metapsychical elite in Unity, with time travel for misfits of the 'perfect' future society to go back to the Pliocene where xenophobia takes on a new meaning as humans haven't evolved yet.... Very, very interesting multi-layered storylining that also takes speculation on the origins of Planet Earth Western European mythologies
The other series is still being written by Jean Auel, Earth's Children
. That started very strongly indeed and the first 2 books The Clan of the Cave
Bear and The Valley of Horses
were amazing reading because of the masterly research on the palaeolithic era of human history about a young female homo sapiens/cro magnon who has been orphaned and gets adopted into a neanderthal (homo neanderthalis) community. I'm not so fond of the later books in the series (the 6th and last one is due out sometime this year) as the orphan heroine, Ayla has turned into bloody wonder woman and is good at every sodding thing,
but the first 2 books are compulsive reading because at least one of the main characters, Creb the shaman neanderthal, actually existed!
The Foreword and Acknowledgements of Auel's series are fascinating in themselves and the detailed academic archaeological and scientic research she undertakes for each book is staggering. Creb, the real person lived in a part of Turkey near Istanbul between 25-30,000 years ago - the limbs of his skeleton bore signs of several disabilities from birth defects, injury and/or arthritis and he had had his skull damaged around one of his eyes. The amazing thing about him was that his remains were the oldest of the other people found in the same cave - over 35 yrs old, which was an advanced age for a neanderthal and with his physical deformities would have needed the help of an effective and caring community to survive so long in newly post-glacial Asia Minor just in environmental terms - quite a different view of the grunting speechless cavemen image we were taught about in school...
So - those are 2 authors who socked it to me in one way or another. Who 'did it' for you?