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Old 12-12-2011, 04:41 AM   #106
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There is only one author whose complete works I have thoroughly enjoyed time and time again, and that is Robert A. Heinlein.

I'm not a big science fiction fan - I find much of it derivative and cold - but Heinlein's work (more accurately defined as "speculative fiction" by the man himself) contained at its core a deep understanding of humanity and the human condition, communicated by some of the most interesting, varied and convincing characters to ever come from fiction.

As was often the case for sci-fi in Heinlein's day, the genre was mostly an allegory for modern life that allowed him to make bold social statements without fear of reprisal. This meant that the characters and dialog were always the focus of the story, and not the technology. However, Heinlein's deep passion and understanding of mathematics, physics and science, as well as the military, is very apparent in all his writing and incredibly infectious. It adds an air of credibility and authenticity to his stories.

His earlier novels in particular are charming, often introducing young and naive protagonists who view the galaxy - including the races that populate it and the technology they utilise - with a child-like wonder, through which the reader can identify. Because the themes he presents are universal - crossing from childhood into adulthood, redemption, camaraderie, love, a strong sense of family, the struggle against oppression and good old fashioned exploration and adventure - his work appeals to all kinds of readers. A love of science fiction is certainly not a pre-requisite for enjoying the worlds of Robert A. Heinlein.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:20 AM   #107
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I'm still trying to find every Patricia Highsmith ever published. Some of them are hard to get and none are available as ebooks. If you haven't tried her, I'd recommend any of her books. Suspense, readability, bizarreness. If you like that sort of thing.
FYI, Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, published under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, is available as a e-book, e.g., at Fictionwise.

Amazon also has this one, as well as The Tremor of Forgery, The Cry of the Owl, and Eleven.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #110
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:51 AM   #111
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:21 AM   #112
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:56 AM   #113
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:23 AM   #114
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:29 AM   #115
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I do read authors whose surnames begin with letters other than K too!
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:36 PM   #117
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:28 AM   #118
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For me (in no particular order);


Living authors

Christopher Brookmyre
Carl Hiaasen
Iain Banks (without the 'M')
Jo Nesbo
Lee Child
Ben Elton
Terry Pratchett
Jim Butcher
Rob Grant

Those that are now sadly deceased and so won't be publishing any more books
George MacDonald Fraser
John Steinbeck
Steig Larsson
Douglas Adams

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Old 02-14-2012, 09:53 AM   #119
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I grew up with Lucy Maud Montgomery and have not outgrown her. Her works are pretty much curriculum around Canadian schools and all of the LMM works in the public domain were the first to hit my calibre and E readers.

Margaret Atwood is a master author too, Canadian as well. I have read most of her novels and have bought and re-bought my favorites. She's weird, wonderful, diverse. "Cat's Eye" was the first full length novel I read and I have 2 paperback copies, plus, borrow it from the library from time to time.

My life would not be complete without Farley Mowat. They just recently added his e-books to our library and I was thrilled.

I started getting into Lee Child's reacher series. His scenarios are over the top unbelievable, but page turning, and I am suitably grossed out by the way he chooses to kill his victims. I've only read the first and second, but will eventually read the others as they become available.

Every now and again, I like a little Nora Roberts.

ETA: Only after I posted did I read the other posts, and the start date of this thread, but hey, still cool to hear about other authors and why they are liked.

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Old 02-14-2012, 02:37 PM   #120
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For me (in no particular order);


Living authors
Christopher Brookmyre
Carl Hiaasen
Iain Banks (without the 'M')
Jo Nesbo
Lee Child
Ben Elton
Terry Pratchett
Jim Butcher
Rob Grant

Those that are now sadly deceased and so won't be publishing any more books
George MacDonald Fraser
John Steinbeck
Steig Larsson
Douglas Adams
A lot of commonality in our lists, and have to say .

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I started getting into Lee Child's reacher series. His scenarios are over the top unbelievable, but page turning, and I am suitably grossed out by the way he chooses to kill his victims. I've only read the first and second, but will eventually read the others as they become available.
I envy you the fact that you still have them all to read for the first time. I still have waking nighmares over the tunnel scene in "Die Trying".
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