Jessica, the PirateCanary:
“A friend of mine got me a copy of Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, for my 16th birthday. At that point I’d read Neverwhere by Gaiman, and nothing by Pratchett. The book was amazing, and I set out to read whatever I could get my hands on by both authors.
This resulted, of course, in the immediate discovery of the Discworld novels (Pratchett), and the eventual discovery of the Sandman series of graphic novels (Gaiman), two of my favorite fantasy series of all time. I don’t think one standalone novel has been the springboard into so many other wonderful books before or since for me.
I don’t see the friend who gave me Good Omens often anymore—we went to different colleges after graduation and fell out of touch—but he gets a special distinction in my memory for being someone I can trust in matters literary, which is a gift I’m always thankful for.”