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Postby Narsil » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:00 am UTC

Amicitia wrote:James Joyce is my favorite author, and I'm bothered that no one even mentioned him.

Have you read Finnegan's Wake? I didn't think it was possible for a mortal man to read it...
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby william » Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:39 am UTC

I remember a quip about Finnegans Wake: Someone somewhere voted it best book written in the English language. A TV Tropes page asked the question: "Does it qualify as being in English?"
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby swifty360 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:48 am UTC

Isaac Asimov is by far away my favorite author. If I could find and read everything that man ever wrote I would. However, I know that he would say that is a waste of my time. It is terribly sad he had to pass away he did. I imagine that if he hadn't gotten sick his passing would have been sometime in this decade or the next.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Amarantha » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:30 pm UTC

Harlan Ellison.


It's odd; usually in these "name your favourite X" threads, I just can't do it. Even making a top ten is a struggle. It all depends on my mood. But with authors, it's always Harlan Ellison.

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby l33t_sas » Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:52 am UTC

I am somewhat miffed that nobody has mentioned Robert Silverberg.

Also:

Isaac Asimov
Arthur Clarke
Harlan Ellison
Orson Scott Card
Terry Pratchett
J.R.R Tolkien
Stephen Baxter
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Kabann » Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:59 am UTC

Harlan Ellison
Neal Stephenson
C.J. Cherryh
Guy Gavriel Kay
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Narsil » Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:42 pm UTC

Kabann wrote:Homer

I, too am a fan of the Simpsons, but you know that there's a large team of real people that write the show, right?
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Daemonic » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:46 pm UTC

A tough one... but probably Steven Erikson...

Though I'd also put up Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and JRR Tolkien as honourable mentions.

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby pieaholicx » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:52 pm UTC

While I can't say I've read enough variety to make an educated decision, Chuck Palahniuk has already taken a major lead on my favorites list.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Arsin » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:30 pm UTC

Gene Wolfe, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Neal Stephenson. Don't even ask me to choose one favorite out of those three. I would cease to exist.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby schumi_girl » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:32 pm UTC

My favourite author is definitely Marian Keyes. She's hilarious. Her and Janet Evanovich :)


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Postby XilDarkz » Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:44 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:Surprisingly, nobody has mentioned any of my favorite authors so far in this thread. My three favorites are Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, and Neil Stephenson (what can I say, I'm a bit of a sci-fi fan).

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Pai » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:53 am UTC

Lois McMaster Bujold, Tanith Lee, & Agatha Christie.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Aviary » Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:20 pm UTC

My "favorite" authors:

Charlotte Bronte
Virginia Woolf
Milan Kundera
Italo Calvino
Marcel Proust
Thomas Mann
Robert Musil
Jorge Luis Borges

I also really love AS byatt
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Number3Pencils » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:49 pm UTC

Henry David Thoreau, Bill Bryson, and Bill Watterson.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby George Orr » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:06 am UTC

Aviary wrote:My "favorite" authors:

Charlotte Bronte
Virginia Woolf
Milan Kundera
Italo Calvino
Marcel Proust
Thomas Mann
Robert Musil
Jorge Luis Borges

I also really love AS byatt

Someone else who has Borges as a favorite author?
And a signature from the same T.S. Eliot poem as mine, only a few lines different?

I am a little scared, although to be honest I haven't read any of the other authors you named, except for Calvino...
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Mandiful » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:07 am UTC

Def. Guy Gavriel Kay.

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Postby Aviary » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:14 am UTC

George Orr wrote:Someone else who has Borges as a favorite author?
And a signature from the same T.S. Eliot poem as mine, only a few lines different?

I am a little scared, although to be honest I haven't read any of the other authors you named, except for Calvino...


That is quite coincidental indeed. I love Borges, especially the stories "The Library of Babel," "A Garden of Forking Paths," and "Funes, the Memorious."

He is able to inscribe new meaning and richness symbols that are already rife with references and allusions.
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Postby spi » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:03 am UTC

A close race between Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan, and George R.R. Martin.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby sloonark » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:41 am UTC

John Steinbeck - no-one else comes close.

I see a lot of people mentioning Asimov. The only thing of his I've read is 'Prelude to Foundation', which was utterly appalling.

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Hephesus » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:08 am UTC

Larry Nieven
Orson Scott Card
Cormak McCarthy

I know I have more... but I can't think of any :(

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Cryopyre » Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:30 am UTC

Larry Niven is one of my faves, as is Douglas Adams.
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Postby bennyprofane » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:54 pm UTC

Samuel Beckett, Thomas Pynchon, Philip K. Dick, Alan Moore, Kenzaburo Oe, Kobo Abe, William Faulkner, H. P. Lovecraft, Yukio Mishima, James Joyce, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Natsume Soseski, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Long list, sure, but they're all about equal in greatness to me, though Beckett, Pynchon, Dick, Joyce, Mishima, and Dostoevsky stand out in brilliance to me.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby TheAmazingRando » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:09 pm UTC

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby nevskey1 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:12 pm UTC

In no particular order, as that would be impossible: Herman Melville, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Faulkner.
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Postby bennyprofane » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:13 pm UTC

Thanks, TheAmazingRando Pynchon is, in general, awesome.
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Postby Wondrej » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:13 pm UTC

Philip K. Dick, Dougles Noel Adams well iam not a big reader at all ;)
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Pa-Patch » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:08 am UTC

Harry Turtledove. Pratchett and Asimov and more than a few others are all very close, though

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Roland Lockheart » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:43 pm UTC

Tolkien, If I had to chhose just one.
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Postby rockin2the70s » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:04 am UTC

OK, here goes:
Dan Simmons, both for the Hyperion/Endymion books and Ilium/Olympus
Frank Herbert, I've almost finished Chapterhouse:Dune
Tolkein, I've read everything] (except Children of Hurin and the History of Middle-Earth)
Asimov, more for the Foundation trilogy than anything else
L. Ron Hubbard, just for Battlefield Earth and the Mission:Earth books I've read
Tom Clancy

When I want something a little less thick:
I really like Brad Thor's books (I picked the first up mainly because of his name)
Eoin Colfer, because Artemis Fowl is my hero

Old, not so much favorite, but I still enjoy the memories
Brian Jaques (Redwall)
Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children)

I know, its a lot, but I don't think it should be legal to make someone pick ONE favorite author
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Kiki » Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:31 am UTC

C.S. Lewis. The man is genius.

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby mikegoo » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:38 pm UTC

Walter Jon Williams- sci-fi author who writes novels and short stories. While he does write Sci-Fi exclusively, he is very versatile moving from cyber punk to comedy, hard science fiction to science fantasy, alternative history to modern space opera, and even detective stories set in sci-fi land. His style ain't bad either. (I like to pretend he didn't write that Star Wars book :cry: )

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby crazyjimbo » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:53 pm UTC

pieaholicx wrote:While I can't say I've read enough variety to make an educated decision, Chuck Palahniuk has already taken a major lead on my favorites list.


This.

I just read Survivor over the past few days and if I hadn't have had to go to work I probably would have read it one sitting. So good. I'd ask for a recommendation as to which of his to read next but looking at his back catalogue it looks like I'll have them all read soon enough anyway. So yes, Chuck Palahniuk makes my favourites list.

I see a lot of people mentioning Neil Gaiman, and while I would easily put American Gods on my favourite books list, possibly even at the top, nothing else of his that I have read has really done it for me. I couldn't get into his graphic novels and I thought both Stardust and Neverwhere were good but not very memorable. Care to recommend something else of his I should try, because I'm sure he can make it onto my favourites list?

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Postby Sandry » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:01 am UTC

crazyjimbo wrote:I see a lot of people mentioning Neil Gaiman, and while I would easily put American Gods on my favourite books list, possibly even at the top, nothing else of his that I have read has really done it for me. I couldn't get into his graphic novels and I thought both Stardust and Neverwhere were good but not very memorable. Care to recommend something else of his I should try, because I'm sure he can make it onto my favourites list?

Try a short story collection. If you read through all of Smoke and Mirrors and don't like any of it, then I think you may as well give up on liking Gaiman.

I think I count Gaiman amongst my favourites. Also Terry Pratchett, Matt Ruff and Connie Willis. I may count Neal Stephenson as well, but I need to read more and make sure that his inability to do endings well half the time doesn't completely drive me up the wall.
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby Omik » Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:48 am UTC

Garth Nix because of "Shade's Children", and Kurt Vonnegut because of many books. Like his short stories, and "Breakfast Of Champions"

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby flummerina » Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:13 am UTC

Jonathan Carroll. Followed by Neil Gaiman, Audrey Niffenegger, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby ian » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:33 am UTC

In some kind of rough order but not really a top 5:

Fydor Dostoevsky
Jostein Gaarnder
J.R.R Tolkien
George Orwell
J.D. Salinger (man, I wish there was more Salinger)

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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby damigeinc » Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:45 pm UTC

Favorite author
Chuck Palahniuk

Other likable authors
Orson Scott Card
George Orwell
Aldous Huxley
Monica Drake
Bret Easton Ellis
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Re: Favorite Author?

Postby NuclearWinter » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:00 pm UTC

R. A. Heinlein
Isaac Asimov
Frank Herbert
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