First off, congrats to Kelly, whom random.org chose as the winner of the leather-bound Grimm's Fairy Tales!
I just finished the book, and it's a great read. The heroine, Jenny, stumbles upon a boy merperson on the beach as a child, and has never forgotten him. The book takes her on a journey as she and the merman, Perrin (who's now a major hottie, of course), find each other again--with far-reaching consequences.
It made me think of events in our early lives that have a major impact on who we become. In In the Dark of Dreams, that chance encounter as a child led Jenny to become a marine biologist.
Sadly, I didn't run across any merchildren on a beach when I was a kid--I guess what impacted me was being read to every night until I was well past old enough to read for myself, developing a love of stories, and finding friends among the characters in the books I read. (I mean, how many bowls of milk did I drink pretending to be Heidi?) As for the supernatural bent? Well, I can only blame Stephen King.
Now, for the fun stuff! To win a copy of the brand new book by Marjorie M. Liu, all you have to do is this:
For one point, leave a comment--If you want, tell me the most influential thing that happened to you as a kid
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