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Old 02-17-2012, 03:36 AM   #46
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I'd like to give you an award - The First List In Which I have Never Heard Of a Single Author! (says much more about me than you, I know...).
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I'd like to give you an award - The First List In Which I have Never Heard Of a Single Author! (says much more about me than you, I know...).
That makes me feel better about having ever heard of only three of them, and having read only one--Peter S. Beagle.
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Wow....some great lists.

Some of mine that immediately come to mind.

C.S. Lewis
Tolkein
Ayn Rand
Ray Bradbury
Terry Brooks
Raymond Feist
Robert Heinlein
Octavia Butler
Graham Masterson
Douglas Adams
Arthur C. Clarke
Mary Stewart
Jack London
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:44 PM   #50
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Thanks...forgot to add him to my list. I've read at least 4 or 5 of his and loved every one.
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Old deceased authors from when I was a kid:

Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan, John Carter, Pellucidar, the Venus stories.

Walter B. Gibson: The Shadow, loved them as a kid.

Mark Twain

Shakespeare, I used to go to the library and listen to the records while following along the scripts. I think I was around 9 or 10 at the time. I loved the comedies, hey I'm a guy.

Jules Verne and H.G. Wells

In my teens, all of the big sci-fi writers:

Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, E.E."Doc" Smith, A.E.VanVogt although I never have figured out how to pronounce his name, and many others whose names have escaped me after all these years.

Older 'til now:

Stephen King, except when he get unendurably verbose, which unfortunately happens all too often.

Jack McDevitt, a worthy successor to Asimov, IMO of course.

Donald Westlake, the man can flat turn a phrase. His Dortmunder books are a gift to us all.

Robert B. Parker, I've read most of them many times strictly for the repartee of Parker with his friends...and enemies too.

Douglas Adams, his prose floats "in much the same way bricks don't." Wonderful.

H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Howard, everyone has to have a guilty pleasure.

Koontz until he just weirded out and got too religious. Loved "Lightning". Quit reading him about 15 years ago.

Lee Childs, although his first ones were great, the middle ones wordy, and his last couple back to close to great.

Neal Stephenson, way cool although his last one, "Reamde", was not up to his usual standards.

Walter Mosely, gotta love Easy Rawlins.

James Lee Burke, Dave Robicheaux even if he is such a head case.

John Sandford.

P.G. Wodehouse, can't forget Bertie and Jeeves, but I don't like his other books as well.

Stephen Hunter.

Bill Bryson

Louis L'Amour, another guilty pleasure. Bubble gum for the mind.

John Steinbeck.

Larry Niven.

And many more that were already mentioned many times, although there are lots of authors mentioned I've not heard of.

PS I almost forgot Christopher Moore. Great stuff, I mean who knew Jesus had a childhood buddy named Biff.

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and, I'll be the one who admits it...Laurell K. Hamilton. May God have mercy on my soul.
Heh. I thought her Anita Blake books were pretty good...the true definition of "Guilty Pleasures". But oddly enough, I thought her writing improved tremendously when she started writing more "erotic" themed books, specifically the Meredith Gentry series.

In the Anita Blake series, her writing style was imaginative but inconsistent, with lazy character descriptions and trite plots. And in terms of erotic tones...she seemed to want Anita Blake to move into erotica, and, for better or for worse, that's where she eventually took the character.

But her writing in the Meredith Gentry series was more natural. Meredith Gentry is an erotic themed series to begin and seemed to flow better. I could feel that she was more at home in terms of themes and use of language when describing sex and desire. I always thought she was an erotic writer at heart and that's where I like her best.
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My favorite current author is Karl Schroeder based mostly on the strength of Lady of Mazes, but the Virga series is pretty cool.
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My favorite current author is Karl Schroeder based mostly on the strength of Lady of Mazes, but the Virga series is pretty cool.
True about Tolkien.

On my list I should add Dostoievski and Hugo. Classics.
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I'd like to give you an award - The First List In Which I have Never Heard Of a Single Author! (says much more about me than you, I know...).
That was my point new, modern authors in fantasy and science fiction... terrific writers but unknown to a lot of people because they stick to SF/F published half a century ago
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