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Old 02-15-2012, 10:21 AM   #16
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Cormac McCarthy
Antonio Lobo Antunes
Sven Hassel (Second World War novels)
Totally agree with Sven Hassel. Brilliant writing.
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Not in any particular order:

Dean Koontz
Greg Isles
Philippa Gregory
Elizabeth Chadwick
Tolkien
George R.R. Martin (if he makes a good comeback and finishes this series)
Jim Butcher

I'm sure I'm forgetting some
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:24 PM   #18
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I guess I would choose, Tolkien, Clarke, Herbert, Asimov, King and Murakami.
i read everything king wrote right up until he punked out on the dark tower... after that, not so much.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:25 PM   #19
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Not in any particular order:

Dean Koontz
Greg Isles
Philippa Gregory
Elizabeth Chadwick
Tolkien
George R.R. Martin (if he makes a good comeback and finishes this series)
Jim Butcher

I'm sure I'm forgetting some
i loved 'lightning' by koontz, also 'phantoms.'
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:19 PM   #20
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i read everything king wrote right up until he punked out on the dark tower... after that, not so much.

Sadly enough, I read almost everything he wrote except the Dark Tower saga. After 11/22/63 and Under the Dome I'll get into it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:48 PM   #21
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Aeschylus - The Oresteia freakin' rocks!
William Shakespeare - Goes without saying
Jonathan Swift - Vicious vicious sense of humor; a Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's travels are his masterpieces.

Franz Kafka - The Trial and the Metamorphosis completely changed my life--but not into bug!
Marcel Proust - In Search of Lost Time is incomparable
James Joyce - Ulysses was magnificent, and Finnegans Wake…there is nothing in the world like Finnegans Wake. It will continue to both confound and excite people for all eternity, i think.

William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch is just beautiful madness
Harold Pinter - This is the man who first showed me how great theater could really be; Old Times is my favorite play, but I love all of his work.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Kafka's Latin bastard son, his works are beautiful and moving and profound. One Hundred Years of Solitude is my favorite.
Jorge Luis Borges - The master of short masterpieces. Labyrinths is a great collection.
Samuel R. Delany - Anyone who can write a book like Dahlgren is a genius in my mind.
Clive Barker - Such a stunning imagination and a brilliant storyteller. Loved Imajica and the Books of Blood.

And last but not least:
Federico Garcia Lorca - My favorite poet. I've never encountered any poet who could so utterly and beautifully describe Longing and Desire and Death ("No one understood the perfume of the dark magnolia of your womb…" "Through the Arch of Elvira, i want to see you go, to feel your thighs, and break into tears" "…her thighs eluded me like startled fish…" "…tomorrow, loves will become stones, and Time a breeze that drowses in the branches…" "I will leave my mouth between your legs, my soul in photographs and lilies, and in the dark wake of your footsteps…")
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:01 PM   #22
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Sadly enough, I read almost everything he wrote except the Dark Tower saga. After 11/22/63 and Under the Dome I'll get into it.
i read under the dome, it was okay... kind his version of jack reacher(who he references in the novel)
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:08 PM   #23
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Aeschylus - The Oresteia freakin' rocks!
William Shakespeare - Goes without saying
Jonathan Swift - Vicious vicious sense of humor; a Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's travels are his masterpieces.

Franz Kafka - The Trial and the Metamorphosis completely changed my life--but not into bug!
Marcel Proust - In Search of Lost Time is incomparable
James Joyce - Ulysses was magnificent, and Finnegans Wake…there is nothing in the world like Finnegans Wake. It will continue to both confound and excite people for all eternity, i think.

William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch is just beautiful madness
Harold Pinter - This is the man who first showed me how great theater could really be; Old Times is my favorite play, but I love all of his work.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Kafka's Latin bastard son, his works are beautiful and moving and profound. One Hundred Years of Solitude is my favorite.
Jorge Luis Borges - The master of short masterpieces. Labyrinths is a great collection.
Samuel R. Delany - Anyone who can write a book like Dahlgren is a genius in my mind.
Clive Barker - Such a stunning imagination and a brilliant storyteller. Loved Imajica and the Books of Blood.

And last but not least:
Federico Garcia Lorca - My favorite poet. I've never encountered any poet who could so utterly and beautifully describe Longing and Desire and Death ("No one understood the perfume of the dark magnolia of your womb…" "Through the Arch of Elvira, i want to see you go, to feel your thighs, and break into tears" "…her thighs eluded me like startled fish…" "…tomorrow, loves will become stones, and Time a breeze that drowses in the branches…" "I will leave my mouth between your legs, my soul in photographs and lilies, and in the dark wake of your footsteps…")
weaveworld and the damnation game are my favorite barker books by far.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:38 PM   #24
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weaveworld and the damnation game are my favorite barker books by far.
Yes, those are awesome, too. Actually, the one book of his that I should have mentioned was The Great and Secret Show. Amazing book! Loved it!
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #25
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I have my favourites for different types of books:

China Mieville
Neil Gaiman
Barbara Vine
Neal Stephenson
Robert McCammon
Peter Straub
Elizabeth Hand
Connie Willis

And because I love supporting indies, here's a few authors that are on my must read list:
David Michael
Glen Krisch
Gary A Ballard
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I've just discovered the Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indridason. He's quite somber but very clever, and you'll be up half the night finishing one of his books!
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Louis L'Amour
Robert Heinlein
Rex Stout
Andre Norton
David Drake
David Weber
Eric Flint
William Colt MacDonald
Alistair MacLean
Bernard Cornwell
Michael McGarrity
WEB Griffin (The Corp)
Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle and others I can not think of right at this moment.
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I also have a special place for Alexandre Dumas since he is single-handedly responsible for my love of reading with the 3 musketeers series.
Since you also like SF, you should read The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust (and the sequel 500 Years After). Brust is definitely on my favorite author list.
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Louis L'Amour
Robert Heinlein
Rex Stout
Alistair MacLean
Bernard Cornwell
Oh! I forgot these great authors.

Heinlein is a great science fiction writer and Cornwell is my favourite historical fiction author.

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Heinlein is a great science fiction writer and Cornwell is my favourite historical fiction author.

i thought starship troopers by heinlein was an amazing book.
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