Who is your favorite Author

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  1. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    Thanks to Noelg we have had a lot of what is yiur fav ..............

    Just thought I would carry this on with this topic.

    I normally have 2 or 3 books on the go at any one time, but I always go back to:

    David Eddings

    Raymond E Feist

    Douglas Adams

    Terry Pratchet

    James Herbert

    Not in any order except David Eddings.

    Post your fav authors folkes, only fiction or auto/biographys
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  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    I used to read a lot of novels when i was younger but now only have time for computer books. Oh, and magazines! :biggrin
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  3. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    I cant remember the last non IT related book I read.

    I do have a copy of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything tho. I read the first chapter, thought 'wow, this is good' and never got back to it!

  4. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    Overall I would go with Harry Harrison. A fantastic blend of Sci-Fi and humour. If you haven't already, get to know the Stainless Steel Rat and others. Many of you may know him as the writer behind the film 'Soylent Green' which was a book of his titled 'Make room, make room.'

    Another favorite is Michael Crichton. Unfortunately he's had a lot of stuff made into films, with varying success. If you thought that Jurassic Park was a good film, read the book and you'll realise what a shallow interpretation it is. I spent my summer hols reading 'State of Fear'. Fantastic.

    But Arthur C Clarke deserves a mention. I haven't read all his stuff, but the first book of the 'Rama' series was awesome. The bit where the lights come on for the first time...
    You'll know what I mean if you've read it!
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  5. tripwire45
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    Please don't do this to me. I haven't read fiction in so long I can't remember when. Having said that, here are the first ones that came to mind.

    For mysteries, I loved John D McDonald's
    Travis McGee
    series. The Florida "boat bum" and part-time investigator was tough as nails and still remained human and fallible.

    I will always be grateful to Issac Asimov for I Robot and the rest of the "Robots" series. I could never get into his Foundation series but his robots always captured my imagination. Many people don't realize that Asimov was also a masterful mystery writer. I love mysteries where the author gives the reader a chance to solve the mystery (not always a murder) before the end of the story. If you do too, try the Tales of the Black Widowers

    Lots of authors made me want to read. Only Harlan Ellison made me want to write. Trouble is, I'm a lousy fiction writer. I only found my niche when doing technical writing. Ellison co-wrote the pilot to what would have been a terrific television show if he could have found the right producer; Phoenix Without the Ashes

    I was probably introduced to science fiction in junior high by E.E. "Doc" Smith and his Skylark Series. They are old stories so by modern standards the technology would seem ridiculous. I'm not sure if the quality would hold up if I were to read one today, but they fueled a 13 year old's imagination almost 40 years ago.

    Larry Niven's Ringworld was fantastic as well as his "Known Space" series. I learned to never let a "puppeteer" turn their back on you. :tongue

    There are many others that have entered and exited my "favorite authors" circle. I guess these are the classics since they are drawn very easily from memory without having to stop and think.
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  6. Aureilius

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    I don't read that much fiction these days, but I'd say;

    Robert Asprins 'myth' & 'phules company' series. Hilarious.

    Terry Pratchet. Again funny.

    The last Authors book I read were Andy McNabs 'Bravo two zero' , 'Immediate Action' & a few more. Great books :)
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  7. JonnyMX

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    OK, I didn't include Douglas Adams.
    It's a terrible thing to say, but I have read all his stuff, and I do love HHG, but it never blew me away.
    It's funny, imaginative and clever, but I never went 'WOW'.

    Beat me up, whatever.
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  8. zimbo
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    Stephen King...enjoy his books cause most (alomst all i think!!) are based in africa :biggrin
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  9. moominboy

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    in no particular order:

    dean koontz, not as heavy as king but still good.

    richard laymon, same.

    terry pratchett, consistently funny

    and wilbur smith just for a wee bit of adventure.
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  10. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

    Just to put another couple in, I think Tolkien has to be mentioned here as well as Stephen Donaldson.

    More that come to mind are

    Piers Anthony
    Poul Anderson
    Isaac Asimov
    Marion Zimmer Bradley

    and a couple to put the cat among the pigeons

    Hans Christian Anderson and The Brothers Grimm.:D
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  11. supag33k

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    Well I read too much Fiction...over the years:

    Science Fiction:

    Isaac Asimov [Robot and Foundations series]
    Arthur C Clark
    Raymond E Feist
    David Brin [uplift series]
    Harry Harrison ["...be good rat Jim..."]
    Greg Bear
    Gregory Benford
    Robert L Forward
    Larry Niven
    Walter Jon Williams


    Patrick O'Brian [Jack Aubrey series]
    Wilbur Smith
    Douglas Reeman/Alistair Kent
    Douglas Adams
    Terry Pratchett

    - Yes I obviously have too much time on my hands... :eek:
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  12. d-Faktor
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    d-Faktor R.I.P - gone but never forgotten.

  13. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    I used to be obsessed with fantasy fiction. Until electronics got its icy grip on me.

    Terry Goodkind and Katharine Kerr rule the roost for me. The Deverry series in particular was awesome. And I'm eagerly awaiting the next Sword of Truth book.

    Terry Pratchett is always in the best of lists. Bill Bryson is good - particularly liked Mother Tongue. And the classics are in there too. Bit of Plato. Catullus. And I liked reading Machiavelli, and arguing with my history teachers about his views.
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  14. noelg24

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    really? did I start it all? :rolleyes:

    anyway like u AJ I am a big fan of David Eddings...I just wish they would make his books into movies or TV programs...my fave from mr Eddings are the Belgariad and the Mallorean...plus the Rivan Codex, Belgarath The Sorcerer and Polgara The Sorceress...that collection of books I loved so much...funny thing is the first one I read was book 4 of the Belgariad and when I realised there was more I just got instantly hooked...read every single one of them twice...and that was like 10 years ago...now I wana get them all and have them sitting in my room...to remind me of my youth and just being able to lose myself in those books...wow those were days...anyway has anyone here got Mr P Jackson's number?

    EDIT: AJ who was your fave character in those books cos mine would have to be Relg from the Belgariad and Polgara...altho I did find Ce Nedra rather feisty....just imagine a 5' ginger haired woman ranting and raving at you with a 2'5" sword...:eek: yes you should be afraid...I know I would...
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  15. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    There are just too many favs, Silk, Mandorallen, Belgarath and Polgara.

    Have you read the Crystal Throne books with Sparhawk. Now they are funny. :D
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  16. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

    no havent read those...are those by Mr Eddings too?
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  17. Stupendous Man

    Stupendous Man Bit Poster

    I love Bukowski's novels - havent really read much of his poetry yet. Read Post Office about 2 years ago and had to read everything else he had done. Post Office is a short book so if you havent read it already, its definetly worth a look.

    BTW that Bill Bryson Universe... book is great, I have read it a couple of times, although there are some points where it gets a bit boring.
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  18. damienj3

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    My 2 fav authors are Andy McNab and Chris Ryan. Don't have any interest in the army thought (weird)
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