August 27, 2008

Death of a Legend

One of my favorite authors died just over a year ago, but I didn't even know about it until late last night. David Gemmell, author of Legend and the other 10 books in the Drenai Saga, died at his writing desk after complications from a quadruple bypass.

I enjoyed Legend immensely, plus the rest of the Drenai books. Gemmell's writing style reminded me of Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan. Gemmell's heroes were often larger than life men, but themselves brave and honorable. Even the flawed or corrupt main characters were able to find redemption through their good works. His books were always entertaining, but at the same time set great examples of how to stand up for yourself the right way. He will truly be missed.


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