I have had the opportunity to read many books in my lifetime, many of which have changed my perspective on life and have also influenced my own writing to a certain degree. As of 2013, my favorite authors are as follows:
Here are some of the books that have changed my perspective on life.
The first is the absolute first book I read from L.E.Modesitt Jr, which is called The Magic Engineer. I loved this book, because it surpassed my expectations of what a typical fantasy book should be like... Instead of the typical good vs evil scenario, this book deals how opinions and deeds conflict and cause fighting, and outlay how it has nothing to do with good and evil, but rather it shows that conflicting opinions and regimes are what causing fighting and wars.
In this book, the main character, Dorrin, is skilled in using Order magic, the magic which fuels life and keeps a structure to everything, even the air that they breathe and the cells of plants. Because, however, he is untrained and can't...