Favorite Author?

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What do you enjoy about their writing style, and what keeps you coming back to their books?
Posted on April 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm
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I have so very many, it's crazy!! I should break it down into categories...hehe. Instead, I'll post my latest discovery first and maybe just a random selection of a couple of my other faves. For a class this semester, I was assigned to read The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson and I was blown away by how beautifully she writes. So, she is my current author-crush :) but there are so so many..


Just a few of my other favorites to scratch the surface..:) (Forgive my lack of complete sentences - I'm going fast) :)


Maya Angelou - powerful, moving, beautiful


Kurt Vonnegut - thought-provoking, one-of-a-kind sense of humor, unconventional


Philip K Dick - I love NICELY WRITTEN sci-fi (which does exclude about 90% of Sci-Fi out there imho)


John Keats - Transcendent & deep, it's like you can sense his fascination w/ life and fear of death in his writing


Octavia E Butler - Love her ability to create genre-less-ness (lol). What you read on the jacket is only a small hint of what you can expect inside -- such depth, but so readable at the same time. She can weave subplots together with ease and just rip your heart out with her ability to put you "in the story." I cried & cried while reading Kindred. (And I thought it was "just a time-travel novel.")


Charles Dickens - Timeless looks at humanity -- the good, bad, and everything in between.


Ursula K LeGuin - This lady is SHARP -- she writes intricate fantasies that read like an anthropological study (bc they're so complex & well thought out), but are also totally exciting


Jalal Al din Rumi - Insanely beautiful poetry, so transcendent of just about everything :)


Edgar Allan Poe - Definitely dark, but this guy had some ridiculous talent. I've parodized Poe, and it is quite difficult to successfully write in that manner!!


 


 


Yeah, there are literally dozens upon dozens more. I have to stop bc I could spend all day listing them.. :)


 

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 5:45 am
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I dont think I can choose one either!


Franchesca Lia Block- she writes in such a distinct voice in the books she writes. I LOVE the Weetzie Bat series, culminated in Dangerous Angels


Laurie Halse Andersen- She wrote Speak and Wintergirls both of which are amazing books. She writes on topics that pertain to youth (and many adults) in todays society, and I love the real-ness of her characters.


And... there are others... but those are the ones I can think of right now. :)

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 10:17 am
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Terry Goodkind - for those that like fantasy/romance, he has an amazing series which I fell in love with in High School. Own them all and read them over and over. The series is "The Sword of Truth Series" I LOVE IT!! There are 11(12 sorta) books.


John Steinbeck - I love how he brings an era I never knew to light for me. Especially since my grandmother lived in CA during the time Grapes of Wrath covers.


Charlaine Harris - She writes the Sookie Stackhouse novels. A HBO show was made from the books, "True Blood". Yes..they are a little.......strange...but love them all the same.


Jane Austen - It actually took me a while to get into her, because the style of writing is so different, but I love her strong female character, the way love conquers all things...and just...how real the characters are.


Stephen King - Just cause he's creepy...and dark...and weird. lol.


Stephanie Meyer - Yes...the woman who wrote Twilight. Yes..the books are for teenagers...but I swear I couldn't put the books down!!!! Also...The "Host" Is amazing!


 

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm
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James Patterson - He's brilliant, witty, intelligent and his stories always flow together. He writes so many series that I think it's easy for him to make sure that he keeps everything together. I like that he remembers things from past books and brings them back up.


Harper Lee - He wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. To me...it's enough said.

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:46 am
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There are soooooo many authors I love to read here is a short snippet of some of my faves:


Gabriel Garcia Marquez- He wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera,and my favorite Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Marquez is most known for popularizing the "magical realism" genre (which happens to be my favorite genre.)


Isabelle Allende- She is one of the worlds most read Spanish author, she penned The House of Spirits (My all time favorite read, I read it once a year) and The Sum of Our Daysa memoir that focuses on her current life.


Toni Morrison- I have only read Beloved. This book was moving and emotional and amazing.


Irvine Welsh- I loved Trainspotting the movie so when I traveled throughout Europe I decided to read the novel. Let me tell you it was a doosie. He writes in a Scottish dialogue which at first is very confusing and hard to understand.


Chuck Palahniuk- Author of Choke and Fight Club. Has a gritty story telling technique that is not rivaled by any other author IMO.


and last but not least Tucker Max- If you are offended bu frat boy antics and chauvinistic 20 something boys, then he is not for you. His two books are  I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First.

Posted on April 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm
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Fantasy Neil Gaiman OMG


Something different Tom Robbins YES


Romance Lisa Kleypas

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 5:10 am
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Fantasy Neil Gaiman OMG


Something different Tom Robbins YES


Romance Lisa Kleypas

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 5:10 am
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Wow, so many...!


J.R.R. Tolkien will always be my all-time favorite. The Hobbit is central to my childhood, I can read it again and again, and there is something so brilliant about the way he writes, it's beautiful and genius and just touches something in me.


For Mystery/Thrillers I really love Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford. Sandford's novels are all in the Minnesota area, and as I grew up in North Iowa I know most of the areas he talks about and that is always cool. Plus, the cop procedurals and murder thriller angles are always intense and page-turning! I love Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels, if you haven't read them, check them out. Also somewhat crime procedural, but brilliant.


Romance - I use to cringe at the thought of them. My mom used to read trashy romance novels and I always gave her so much crap. But I stumbled upon Katie MacAlister by accident, and she really changed my mind! Her novels are hilarious, contemporary and only a little cheesy! They are a definite escape for me, a guilty pleasure if you will!


Humor - I love to laugh, and Dave Barry's books, at least the collections of his columns, are hilarious!! I highly reccommend! As well as George Carlin's books - if you are easily offended, I would stay away, but if you have an open mind, Carlin is a genius and amazingly funny.

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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