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Old 08-10-2010, 10:10 AM   #1
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Favorite author/s

So, who is/are your favorite author/s, regardless of whether it's based on who you think was actually great or how many of their works you've read (ie maybe they're lightweights, but you enjoy their novels/plays/whatever anyway)? And which of their works do you like best?


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Old 08-10-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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Dan Brown for the Robert Langdon series and Edgar Allan Poe. I have a 4 volume set of his complete works its like 103 years old.


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Old 08-10-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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Dan Brown for the Robert Langdon series and Edgar Allan Poe. I have a 4 volume set of his complete works its like 103 years old.
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My personal favorite authors are still unknown. Much reading has yet to be done, and it's been a while since I've found a book that was truly enjoyable. *waits to steal recommendations from this thread*
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:38 AM   #4
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J.R.R Tolkien Seriously my favourite author is probably Mika Waltari.


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Old 08-10-2010, 10:46 AM   #5
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I don't read much fiction anymore, but other than the more obvious ones (Tolkein, Puzo, etc) I would probably say George MacDonald Fraser (particularly the Flashman Papers) is one of my favourite authors, with perhaps Alan Mallinson (author of the Matthew Hervey series, sort of like Sharpe on a horse) a close second.






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Old 08-10-2010, 10:21 PM   #6
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Joseph Conrad and Terry Pratchett. Two very different authors, but I enjoy the work of both.


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Old 08-10-2010, 10:30 PM   #7
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Robert Ludlum

Favorite work of his: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum and The Osterman Weekend.

Least favorite: The Road to Gandolfo and The Road to Omaha


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Old 08-11-2010, 01:00 AM   #8
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George Orwell, for 1984 and the highly-underrated COMING UP FOR AIR
Fyodor Dostoevsky, for CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Philip Roth for AMERICAN PASTORAL
Ayn Rand, for ATLAS SHRUGGED, though I'm not much of a fan of her politics
Betty Friedan, for THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE
Jeff Sharlet, for THE FAMILY
Anton Chekhov, for WARD NUMBER SIX, THE DUEL, and THE LADY WITH A DOG
A.I. Solzhenitsyn, for ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH
Lois Lowry, for THE GIVER
Karen Cushman, for CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:48 AM   #9
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I don't really maintain favourite writers as such, but off the top of my head:

Haruki Murakami
Kurt Vonnegut
G.K. Chesteron (though haven't read beyond The Man Who Was Thursday)

I also happen to be a fan of Oscar Wilde's wit.

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Old 08-11-2010, 01:52 AM   #10
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H. P. Lovecraft, for his Dream sequence
Garth Nix, for Sabriel
Niel Gaiman, for The Sandman series
Dostoyevski, for Notes from Underground
Albert Camus, for The Fall
Robin McKinley, for The Hero And The Crown (I've read it many times)
James Joyce, for Ulysses
C. S. Lewis, for Till We Have Faces
Wittgenstein, for On Certainty
Orson Scott Card, for Ender's Game
Herman Hesse, for Demian
Soren Kierkegaard, for Fear and Trembling
Lewis Carroll, for Alice in Wonderland
Paul Feyerabend, for Against Method
Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis
David Brin, for Earth
G. K. Chesterton, for pretty much anything (ty Sabre)
Nikolai Gogol, for The Nose
J. R. R. Tolkien, for LotR and The Silmarillion / The Children of Hurin
Frank Herbert, for Dune and Soul Catcher

I'm sure there are more. These are just the ones I like best and can remember most easily.


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Old 08-11-2010, 05:13 AM   #11
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Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations and The Pickwick Papers
Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales -- I love the Pardoner. So much so that I have him on a t-shirt >_>
John Milton, Paradise Lost -- the only word for it is sublime; Satan walking across Chaos and standing on the Sun stand out.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
William Golding, Lord of the Flies
Beowulf-poet, Beowulf

You may notice a slight bias towards literature of a certain language here >_>.


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Old 08-11-2010, 05:20 AM   #12
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Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow and their respective series
Ayn Rand - Anthem
Robert Ludlum - Bourne Series, The Icarus Agenda
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner

Usually I don't really bother much who wrote the book, as long as its good.


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