|04-22-2011, 03:43 PM||#61|
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|04-23-2011, 06:55 PM||#63|
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Lois McMaster Bujold
Charles de Lint
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Laurie R. King
Are you familiar with this website, that show you authors similar to one you like?
|04-24-2011, 12:40 AM||#64|
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Byatt is one of my favourites, too. Most recently I've read The little black book of stories, it was marvellous.
|04-24-2011, 03:09 PM||#65|
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In no particular order, but particular:
John Le Carré
Martin Cruz Smith
And a heck of a lot more.
|04-25-2011, 12:11 AM||#66|
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|04-25-2011, 08:39 PM||#67|
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There is only one author I will buy any book from as soon as it comes out, Steve Martin..
|04-26-2011, 09:48 PM||#68|
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George R.R. Martin
Michael Connelly (Bosch stuff)
|04-26-2011, 10:12 PM||#69|
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Looking over the bookshelves, it's strange to see how much space there is devoted to dead writers...
Of the living whose books I'll generally buy the moment I see them:
Joseph Epstein, essayist and short story writer
Tabitha King, who unfortunately doesn't seem to be publishing any more fiction; didn't care that much for her first book, Small World, but all the rest are just wonderful--but not available as ebooks.
William Goldman, who also doesn't seem to have any more fiction coming, but his non-fiction is delightful; of his novels, The Princess Bride, Temple of Gold, Boys and Girls Together, The Thing of It Is..., and Soldier in the Rain are all well worth a look, and Marathon Man is for my money the finest thriller published in the 70s.
And among the dead:
Fritz Leiber, some of whose best work is now available as ebooks. Conjure Wife, Our Lady of Darkness, The Big Time, the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser series, and his short stories as well.
Fredric Brown, excellent mysteries and science fiction
Jorge Luis Borges
Don Robertson, almost entirely out of print now with only three novels available; but if you can find a copy of his novel Mystical Union, grab it.
John D. MacDonald
Jack Finney -- everyone knows Time and Again, and The Body Snatchers, but if you can find his short story collections The Third Level, and I Love Galesburg in the Springtime, you'll be treating yourself to some delightful nostalgic fantasies. A number of these stories were included in the collection About Time.
Bests to all,
|04-26-2011, 11:40 PM||#70|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I'm finding that since I've started joining reading communities and experiencing independent authors, my idea of what is a must have author is undergoing changes. So I'll list a few that have been must haves for a while:
A A Attanasio
Iain M Banks
I haven't read all books from those authors yet, but it is fair to say that as soon as I see a new book release I'm planning a purchase.
However, I have to say that my interest in a wider range of authors is increasing and has increased quite drastically in the last few months thanks to communities such as MR. Thanks all.
|04-28-2011, 06:56 PM||#71|
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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Here is my list of authors I must buy as soon as a new novel comes out:
Note: Some of these authors have strong female protagonists and are my wife's favorites as well.
Here I add favorites I am trying to catch up with and back-filing my collection in ebook or audio book:
And of course - the not writing anymore but you MUST read if you are a sci fi fan:
|04-28-2011, 09:18 PM||#72|
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Location: Springfield, Illinois
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Hmmm! Let's see. . .
Charles Dickens (His output has slowed some)
|04-28-2011, 09:25 PM||#73|
The Dank Side of the Moon
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|04-29-2011, 04:13 AM||#74|
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can't believe nobody has mentioned Penthouse Forums letters yet.
But to me I don't know how I could create a list of "must read authors" because most of my "must reads" of years gone by are dead now or close enough that there is nothing new coming from their typewriters anymore. And of the modern era writers there are a number of authors I consider good but none who really captivate me on a consistent basis. Maybe it's the result of having read too much over the decades? All I know is I want to be entertained not preached to or for the author to try and convert me to their way of things. I've learned none of that matters at this point in life.
I think I should add that the commoditization of authors today is a total turn off for me. So when a story line reaches more than 5 or 6 novels I tend to quickly loose interest. Not because the stories might not still be fresh but because I feel the authors are not trying to extend beyond the nice easy to sell formula. I expect a good author to be able to write in more than one "universe".
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|04-29-2011, 05:00 AM||#75|
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