Wired is reporting that author David Eddings has died in his hometown of Carson, Nevada.
When I was 9, Uncle Eddie got me a full set of the Belgariad, a fantasy series that Eddings had written. Although I read a lot before then it was largely for school and the like. The Belgariad was the first time I dove into anything with that much substance and really appreciated it. I have both Eddings and Uncle Eddie to thank for my voracious appetite for books these days.
This is quite a bummer.