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Who Do You Love? Name Your Favorite Authors!

Postby Patrick on Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:37 pm

We already have a thread to discuss specific books that we love. There are many good books that I think are outstanding, but that doesn't necessarily mean I like, or sometimes even care to read, that author's other work.

This thread is for discussing those authors who make you want to read everything they write. Not that you necessarily love every word or every book, but you can't help coming back for more.
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- Joe Hill, Heart Shaped Box

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"
- Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
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Postby Patrick on Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:44 pm

Now that we've established the foundation, here is my Top Five short list in no particular order:

- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- David Sedaris

- Stephen King (still plenty left that I haven't read yet)

- Roald Dahl (homage to my childhood)

- Joe Hill - I've read Heart Shaped Box and a number of the stories in 20th Century Ghosts. Although still early in his career, based on what I've read so far, I have faith that Joe won't fall off the list as he continues to expand his body of work.
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- Joe Hill, Heart Shaped Box

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"
- Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
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Postby Betsy_Boo on Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:54 pm

Oh Patrick....I LOVE David Sedaris!!! One of the few authors who can make me laugh out loud. Then there is Stephen King, Amy Tan, John Irving and Margaret Attwood. If you haven't read John Irving, read "A Prayer For Owen Meany"...one of my all time favorites. Favorite Amy Tan is "The Thousand Secret Senses"...favorite King: "The Dead Zone". Favorite Attwood: "The Blind Assassin". Obviously, I will be reading all of Joe Hill's work...HSB was great, but I have to say I was even more impressed with 20thCG. He has a great future ahead. He is amazing. That he can write this well at his age excites me and makes me look forward to anything he publishes.
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Postby jodi on Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:46 pm

Well other authors besides Joe would be:
Stephen King
Anne Rice
Roald Dahl
Richard Adams
Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Clive Barker

and the last is mostly a crush, but I do love his books as well as the man himself....Neil Gaiman. :oops:
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Postby Eric on Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:32 am

Stephen King - I have about 35 books
Dean Koontz - I have about 12 books
Nelson DeMille - 7 or 8
Dan Brown - 4
Joe Hill - 2
I also have several other books by various people. I just read whatever grabs my attention.
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Postby aaron2010 on Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:56 am

Edward Lee
Joe R. Lansdale
Tim Lebbon
Brian Keene
Clive Barker
Stephen King


Strictly horror when it comes to fiction. I also love Science books about viruses and smutty biographies. 8)
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Postby sybil on Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:44 pm

obviously, joe hill is on the list. :)

stephen king
tabitha king
ridley pearson
dave barry
amy tan
mitch albom
(saw them all at a rock bottom remainders concert in chicago.)
terry pratchett
neil gaiman
robert mccammon

jonathon kellerman
ed mcbain/evan hunter
janet evanovich
john sandford
stuart woods

DANG...i collect ALL those authors, and in hardback where available. no wonder my house is strewn with books and my bank account is low!
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Postby john_cairns on Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:40 pm

terry pratchett
david gemmell
conn iggulden
neil gaiman
naomi novik
scott lynch
anne rice
early james herbert

not in any particular order, but i do collect pratchett and gemmell (sadly missed) got most of those in hardback. thank's to joe discovering some great stuff from the independent's just picked up a copy of tim powers 'a soul in a bottle that's a great read.
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Postby Barry_Wood on Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:44 pm

Besides Joe, here's two authors I like:

Thomas Ligotti
Mary Higgins Clark
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Postby Lou_Sytsma on Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:24 pm

Stephen King
Stephen R. Donaldson
Brian Keene
Harlan Ellison
Dan Simmons
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert Charles Wilson
Ray Bradbury


Many more, but that will do for now. :D
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Postby LauraK on Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:48 pm

Stephen King
JK Rowling
Patricia Cornwell
Dean Koontz
Joe R Lansdale
Richard Laymon
Charles L Grant
Richard Matheson
Robert Bloch
JRR Tolkien
Ray Bradbury
Clive Barker
Alton Brown :)
Joe Hill- I have an unassembled bookcase ready and awaiting more books from you!

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Postby jodi on Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:36 pm

OOOO, I love Alton Brown too!!!
However, I have never read any of his books...actually I didn't know he'd written any. You do mean Food Network Alton Brown? :?
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Postby weebit29 on Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:58 pm

I will read tons of stuff :D when I have time!
Joe Hill is on my list now :D
Stephen King (although I do have to admit I like the older stuff better, The Stand being my favorite :oops: )
Dean Koontz
Jonathon and Faye Kellerman
JK Rowlings
Dr. Ian Dunbar and Turid Rugaas for dog stuff (Calming Signals should be standard reading for any dog owner)

Right now on my nightstand are 3 dog training books, 2 books on showing, 2 breed standard books on Mastiff's, Lisey's Story, Capital Crimes and Chasing the Dead which I hope to finish tonight.
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Postby Janice on Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:32 pm

Umm, It's kind of a given that Joe's on the list, since I AM spending an awful lot of time on his site, so the others are:

Dorothy Allison
Neil Gaiman
Janet Fitch (c'mon, White Oleander ROCKED, even if it WAS an Oprah book)
Hunter S. Thompson
Irvine Welsh
Hubert Selby, Jr.
Tim O'Brien

I love them all for different reasons, but they all rock at what they do.
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Postby Tay on Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:54 am

In no particular order:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • Stephen King
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Alice Munro (Canadian, local, and a nice, friendly lady)
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Douglas Adams
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • William Goldman
  • Roald Dahl (his short stories are wonderful)
  • John Steinbeck
  • Robert McCammon
  • Clive Barker


I could go on and on, but those are a few.
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