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Gaiman, Neil

Gaiman, Neil

British-born, US-resident Neil Gaiman is probably most famous for his award-winning series of Sandman comics, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest achievements in comic writing. His work extends well beyond the comic book realm, though, into adult novels, short stories, children's novels, picture books, and screenwriting.

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Handler, Daniel

Handler, Daniel

Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, is an American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. A native San Franciscan, alumnus of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and graduate of Wesleyan University. His novels are The Basic Eight and Watch Your Mouth; they are comedies with a Gothic mood and rather adult subject matter. As "Lemony Snicket," Handler has written a series of children's novels, A Series of Unfortunate Events, but the man who starts out as a narrator becomes a character in the series, even writing a book entitled Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography. He has also written two additional works as Snicket, a comic about a Yeti in It Was a Dark and Silly Night, a volume of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's Little Lit series, and a holiday short story entitled "The Lump of Coal."

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Pullman, Philip

Pullman, Philip

Born in 1946, Philip Pullman is best known for writing the His Dark Materials trilogy, comprised of Northern Lights/The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. However, he has written several other books including the Sally Lockhart series of novels set in Victorian England.

"I started reading the His Dark Material series when I was much younger and have yet to find a book that Pullman has written that I didn't like."

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892-September 2, 1973) is most famous as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. He attended King Edward's School, Birmingham and Oxford University; he worked as reader in English language at Leeds, as professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, and of English Language and Literature, also at Oxford. He was a strongly committed Catholic. He belonged to a literary discussion group called the Inklings, through which he enjoyed a close friendship with C. S. Lewis. Tolkien's other published fiction includes adaptations of stories originally told to his children. The enduring popularity and influence of Tolkien's works have established him as the "father of the modern high fantasy genre".

"All his books are fantastic."

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