These authors have helped definied my childhood through literature. Philip Pullman has been one of my very favorite authors since childhood, though I'm not sure I really fully understood much of his writing at age 12, the dark materials series appealed to me in such a sincere way. I have been seriously attached to Tamora Pierce's Tortall series' since elenentary school as well, the entire concept is so special and so well executed. I'm 18 and I actually found this podcast on Tammy's site after rereading The Song of the Lioness quartet. And I have nothing but utmost respect for the incredibly thorough and magical world of Christopher Paolini, people everywhere should aspire to his talent in story telling. Give this podcast a listen, you will not be dissapointed.