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Favorite Author?

Postby peter » Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:25 pm UTC

Hey, uh, didn't see this, and I thought it would be a good idea.

Easy question. Who's your all-time favorite author?

Personally, I've always enjoyed John Grisham, and loved his newest book, The Innocent Man. I own all of his books, and haven't been disappointed.

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Postby Cuton » Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:38 pm UTC

Philip K. Dick - good fiction with just enough science to make it grrrreat!

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Postby rachel » Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:03 pm UTC

Jack Kerouac, if I had to pick just one.


Or the guy who wrote Evasion.
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Postby Jesse » Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:00 pm UTC

Katharine Kerr

(I was tempted to put Gaiman in here, he is probably the best in his ability to change style to suit his story, but Kerr is my overall favourite.)

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Postby Kaelri » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:23 pm UTC

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Postby Kawa » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:38 pm UTC

I'll put in Gaiman for you, Jesster.

And if I'm allowed to mention my favorite mangaka, I'll put in:
* Hayao Miyazaki
* Shirow Masamune
* CLAMP
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Postby Token » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:18 pm UTC

It would have to be a three way fight between Iain M Banks, James Barclay and Terry Pratchett. Not sure who would win, though.

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Postby Kawa » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:21 pm UTC

Token wrote:It would have to be a three way fight between Iain M Banks, James Barclay and Terry Pratchett. Not sure who would win, though.

Oooh, Pratchett. He gets an honorable mention but unfortunately I find myself skimming his books (rather than reading intently) one time too many for me to put him as 'favorite'. Can't put my finger on why.

Though bonus points for putting Gaiman and Pratchett together ala Good Omens. Now that was fun.
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Postby kumquat » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:05 pm UTC

George RR Martin. Best fantasy books I've ever read.

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Postby Pathway » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:15 pm UTC

David Foster Wallace. Not as easy to read as some others, but somehow that never matters.
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Postby thefiddler » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:43 pm UTC

Alexandre Dumas and Chuck Palahniuk are my all-time favourites.

Among favourites, however:
J.K. Rowling
J.R.R. Tolkien
Douglas Adams
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Postby bavardage » Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:45 pm UTC

I'm sure many would disagree, but I'd say
Canavan is one of my favourites.

Pullman wins however.
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Postby Twasbrillig » Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:45 am UTC

thefiddler wrote:Among favourites, however:
J.K. Rowling


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I'd have to second Miyazaki, and add in Margaret Atwood and Lynne Truss. They're both rather dry at first, but if you really get into their books, they are fantastic. Fantastic.
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Postby Anmorata » Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:56 am UTC

I'm also a Grisham fan, and I really loved his work on The Innocent Man. I hope he keeps up this new vein of non-fiction.

I'd have to pick Neil Gaiman, though (as if anyone couldn't see that coming), followed up by Ray Bradbury as a close second. :)
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Postby skeptical scientist » Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:35 am UTC

Surprisingly, nobody has mentioned any of my favorite authors so far in this thread. My three favorites are Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, and Neil Stephenson (what can I say, I'm a bit of a sci-fi fan).
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Postby Kawa » Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:43 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:Surprisingly, nobody has mentioned any of my favorite authors so far in this thread. My three favorites are Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, and Neil Stephenson (what can I say, I'm a bit of a sci-fi fan).

I enjoyed Cryptonomicon, but haven't read enough Stephenson to say I'm a fan yet...
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Postby UmbrageOfSnow » Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:56 am UTC

This is such a hard question as I'm sure it has been for everyone. I'm going to go with a list of 3, unordered.

Neil Stephenson, Douglas Adams, George R.R. Martin
Isaac Asimov is my personal hero and gets an honorable mention but I think the other guys maybe write a tiny bit better.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Heinlein yet.
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Postby peter » Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:41 pm UTC

UmbrageOfSnow wrote:Isaac Asimov is my personal hero and gets an honorable mention but I think the other guys maybe write a tiny bit better.


Ooo, I like him. My friend showed me Foundation, and I just started reading it. What have you read by him?

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Postby Arancaytar » Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:52 pm UTC

A year ago I'd have told you Tolkien.

Now, I'll still pick Tolkien, but it's a close match compared to Neal Stephenson. Cryptonomicon rocks. I'm 1/3 through Quicksilver right now. (Although my attention is occupied by Illuminatus!)

Other than that:

Asimov, Pratchett, Adams.

Curious. No Harry Potter fangirls/fanboys anywhere in sight? On all other forums I post at, I'm feeling very, very alone right now (in more than one sense: It's empty because everyone's away reading).

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Postby thefiddler » Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:03 pm UTC

Twasbrillig wrote:
thefiddler wrote:Among favourites, however:
J.K. Rowling

I have lost any and all respect I ever had for you.

Psh. Whatever.

@Arancaytar - Apparently I don't count as an HP fangirl? :(

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Postby UmbrageOfSnow » Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:41 pm UTC

peter wrote:
UmbrageOfSnow wrote:Isaac Asimov is my personal hero and gets an honorable mention but I think the other guys maybe write a tiny bit better.


Ooo, I like him. My friend showed me Foundation, and I just started reading it. What have you read by him?


The Foundation series is great, my personal favorite is The Mule part of Foundation and Empire, but I like basically the whole series. Caves of Steel/Naked Sun/Robots of Dawn are excellent. I, Robot was off and on for me, but I love the story Liar and the last one especially. Nemesis is another good one, one of his few stand alone novels. I've yet to read much of the Empire ones but I'm looking forward to them. Also I need to read Brin/Bear/Benford's continuation of the foundation series. All of them are great authors as well. Now that I think about it, Gregory Benford should have been on my list too. AHh there are too many good writers.
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Postby FoxMoxin » Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:05 am UTC

Another Pratchet man here..

With Follow ups by Isac Asimov(the Caves of Steel, now THAT's Science fiction, or the Foundation Novels *glee*) and Edgar Rice Burroughs(Screw Tarzan, Princess of Mars for the Win!).

Neil Gaimen is fun, but he's past his prime, he keeps writing about the same thing. He writes it very well, but really, where did American Gods go that Sandman didn't?

Warren Ellis just wrote his first novel, i hear it's spectacular...
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Postby Rodan » Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:09 am UTC

Douglas Adams
Alan Moore
Joss Whedon (Or does he count?)

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Postby German Sausage » Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:59 am UTC

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Postby b.i.o » Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:36 pm UTC

Pratchett and Adams are awesome, but my favorite books are by Frank Herbert--the Dune series and Whipping Star/The Dosadi Experiment.

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Postby pollywog » Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:57 am UTC

Frank Herbert or David Zindell, but only when I read the Dune series or a Requiem for Homo Sapiens. My favourite might change to Herman Hesse, if I can find anything else that he's written, apart from Siddhartha.

Or Kafka. How could I forget, as I'm actually reading In The Penal Colony right now.
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Postby ShadeWolf » Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:11 am UTC

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Postby Ren » Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:03 am UTC

Authors:

Robertson Davies
Thoreau
Edwin Abbott
Ursula K. LeGuin
Madeleine L'Engle
E.L. Konigsburg

It's hardly fair to list off my favourite authors without listing these guys, despite the fact they're not *technically* authors.

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Postby Æshættr » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:24 am UTC

My favorite author is Orson Scott Card. Ever since I read Ender's Game in middle school, it was always the first book I would recommend to someone looking for something to read. Other authors following Card on my list are Phillip Pullman (as my username suggests), Issac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Diane Duane, Ursula K. LeGuin, Robert Jordan, Trudi Canavan, and Eoin Colfer. Right now I'm reading The Great Book of Amber (Roger Zelazny) and Divine Intervention (Ken Wharton), which are Fantasy and hard sci-fi respectively.

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Postby mosc » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:49 pm UTC

I read very little. I do enjoy the writing style of Tolken and RR Martin though, but the only author I've swooned over is Dan Abnett. Course, I doubt discussing the nerd-gasm of Warhammer 40,000 novels is germane...

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Postby Invisible_Insane » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:57 pm UTC

Fyodor Dostoevsky
George Orwell
Kurt Vonnegut

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Postby b.i.o » Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:06 am UTC

Ren wrote:It's hardly fair to list off my favourite authors without listing these guys, despite the fact they're not *technically* authors.

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Bill Watterson


Very true.

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Postby gmalivuk » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:24 pm UTC

No way there's just one favorite, as there's not just one kind of book I like.

Among the top are:
Bill Bryson
Charles Sheffield
Isaac Asimov
Frank Herbert
Madeline L'Engle (at least, back when I read her books)
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Postby arbivark » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:50 pm UTC

Heinlein.

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Postby Nyarlathotep » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:56 pm UTC

Kaelri wrote:Douglas Adams.


Followed by Neil Gaiman, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and Roger Zelazny.

Herbert doesn't count becuase I don't like any of his work except Dune. And only Dune, none of those sequel things.
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