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George MacDonald

Since moving to Romania and finding my sources for books diminished (or, more accurately, translated), I’ve discovered the pleasure of eBooks.  The price is far better (often free at some of my favorite places: Scribd, BookOS, eChristian, and David C Cook eBooks), the weight is negligible (about 0.000000000000000001 gram for every four gigabytes of data *), and you can carry your whole library without needing a U-Haul truck.

The world of eBooks opened up to me the works of an old author most have never heard of but know well through those he influenced.  George MacDonald — a Scottish minister, poet, and author — lived and wrote in the latter half of the 19th century and influenced a generation of writers, many of whom are household names:  C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, G.K. Chesterton, and even probably Mark Twain and J.R.R. Tolkien all share a common ancestor in MacDonald.  (Click for more information about his influence on Tolkien and Twain.)

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