Favorite Authors ?

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    One of my favorite authors is Thomas Perry. He writes wonderful suspense novels, and my favorites are the Jane Whitefield series.
    Jane is adept at making people just disappear, and keeping them safe after they "vanish".
    She only helps good people who really need help, though, and has a big heart to help these people.
    She is also a Native American, and often talks about some of the lives and rituals of her ancestors.
    I first discovered Thomas Perry by using Overdrive , and checked them out from my online library.

    http://www.thomasperryauthor.com/Thomas_Perry/Welcome.html
     
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    I have about a hundred...just because I'm online, Scott Adams and Suzette Haden Elgin come to mind first ('cos he is, and she was, a brilliant blogger as well as book writer).
     
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    It would be so hard for me to say who my favorite author is I like so many. I have also used the Overdrive app to get books from the library. I actually borrowed a physical book which had to be returned to the library which was out of my way, I reminded myself to use the Overdrive to get a book from the library next time.
     
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    Although he is no longer with us, I always enjoy reading Tom Clancy's novels. They are always long and full of detail - quite often detail that I had no inkling of! At present, I am reading Dead Or Alive which he penned in 1990. Not sure how I missed it, but I have it now!
     
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    Hi Yvonne! As you know, I am new here and wondering if this forum is open for flash fiction that we write? LOL, I don't want to be banned on my first day!
     
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    I don't expect there would be a problem with that.
     
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    Thanks, Ken!
     
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    Tom Clancy novels are absolutely fascinating. It's great the way he researches the real life military technology, operations or what ever the subject matter happens to be. I also like a lot of spy fiction more of less based on real events by authors like Robert Ludlum.
     
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    Hi John, nice to meet you! Yes, Ludlum is also great. What makes these two and some others so fantastic is even though I may not know what they are talking about in the beginning, it is not long before they explain everything in lay man's language. Another author whom I enjoy is Jack Higgins. He is not that techno, but writes great suspense novels such as "Drink With The Devil."
     
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    I've really enjoyed the Anne Rice series of Vampire Chronicles. Several other authors I only have read one or two of their works, such as Audrey Niffenegger. Time Traveler's Wife would have been enough to make an oeuvre out of for her, and she did a great job with her first graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile. I find Anne and Audrey's books to be standard-bearers for my interest in other vampire and time travel stories.
     
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    I have read a few of Tom Clancy's novels, although it was quite a few years ago, and they were totally interesting.
    Another author that I really like is Steve Berry. He write books along the same line as Dan Brown, in as far as they have a lot of historical background, and then are tied into an ongoing mystery from modern times.
    Often times, the story jumps back and forth from one time period to another as he pulls the plot of the story together, and it is very hard to stop once you start reading.

    For the most part, I prefer books that are written by men, although that is not always true. I just love Daphne du Maurier, and have read several of her novels.
    It seems like many of the modern women authors take up a third of the book telling you exactly what everyone is wearing, especially the female characters in the book.
    I could care less if she is now wearing "her emerald green dress with the lace at the throat, and her necklace of diamonds, emeralds and perarls that her grandmother gave her before she died." You know.
    If it is an important part to the story that we know what she is wearing, then fine. Otherwise, forget it and just leave that to our imaginations.
     
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  12. Lizel

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    Mine favourite authors are:
    • Tanya Thompson
    • J.K. Rowling
    • Jane Austen
    • John Green
    • Suzanne Collins
    • J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Stephen King
    • Gillian Flynn
    • Neil Gaimann
     
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    Interesting combination anyway. I like five of these, so now I'm wondering whether I'll like the four I don't recognize too.
     
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    I had to think on this because I use to read a lot of detective, supernatural, and mystery novels, Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, and The Hardy Boys.

    I have to say though my favorite author would be Frank E. Peretti and his books This Present Darkness (1986) and Piercing the Darkness (1989). They are both about 'supernatural' events in the spiritual realm. If there is any interest in spiritual warfare these books have an astounding take on it.

    Mr. Peretti was a pastor in the Assembly of God church before becoming a writer.
     
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    Hey all.

    My favorite authors will all be those whose books I've read and then reread (and probably re-reread).

    For fantasy writing, I'd have to say Steven Donaldson. Though I have enjoyed Tolkien's Lord of the Rings over and over since I was a teen, I've never really been able to get into his other writings, so in his case it would be the story that trumps the author. In the case of Donaldson, I happen to enjoy his use of language (and the stories, of course!) and have been able to read much of what he has written.

    On the horror side, I'd say Stephen King. Got hooked on him when Carrie came out in paperback back in the '70s (mom said "don't start reading it tonight or you won't get to sleep until you've finished it" and she was right!). 'Salem's Lot was okay but I'm not much into vampires (though Rice's Interview was original and enjoyable!). Then, when The Shining came out (Aunt Mary said "they should recall Carrie and ┬┤Salem's lot and reprint the title page with 'by the author of The Shining') he really got me. Who expected hedge animals to uproot and chase people around? The Dark Tower novels were okay (though the conclusion was a bit of a disappointment)-- rarely do books actually bring me to tears, but one of those had me bawling my eyes out.

    More classical, well, my mentor, Charles Dickens. It was A Tale of Two Cities, read in high school hell that convinced me that I would become a writer. There is not one of his novels that I couldn't pick up and read and enjoy again and again. Victor Hugo was okay, but Les Miserables is five volumes-- and he gets a bit carried away with character anecdotes and historical descriptions.

    Short story writers would include Poe, de Maupassant, Tolstoy and the wonderful Dorothy Parker, along with Carson McCullers and Roald Dahl. And, though it's been since University that I've read drama, have to include Harold Pinter, Henrik Ibsen, Bertholt Brecht and Jean Anouilh.

    peace,
    revel.
     
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    @Von Jones , I have also read both of those books, although it was some years back, and they are definitely fascinating and well-written books. It seems to me like I also read a third book by Mr. Perretti; but right now, I can't remember what the name of that one was.
    Along that same line , I really liked reading "Angels on Assignment" by Pastor Roland Buck, who was also an Assembly of God pastor. His brother was the pastor of the First Assembly in Spokane, where we used to go to church when I lived in Spokane. His daughter also wrote a book about her father, called "The Man Who Talked With Angels". If you have not read these already, Von, I think you would enjoy them also.
     
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    Some of my favorites that I can think of at the moment:

    Richard S. Prather
    Mary Roberts Rinehart
    Agatha Christie
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Frank G. Slaughter
    Len Deighton
    Charles Dickens
    Sax Rohmer
    Zane Gray
     
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    Sheldon, I also really like Zane Gray, and I read most of his books, although it was many years ago.
    When I was first married, my mother-in-law had a whole set of Zane Gray books, and since we were living there at the time, I read a lot of books, and the ones I enjoyed the most were the Zane Gray and Daphne du Maurier books.
    (My mother-in-law was very British, and I doubt that she ever even read the Zane Gray books; so I am not sure why she bought them.)
    When my mother was a little girl, my grandfather was an Indian agent for a while, and they lived on a reservation in Arizona. Mom always talked about a writer who traveled through the area, gathering information for his stories. She said that at the time, she had no idea who it was; but in later years, she wondered if it might have been Zane Gray. I guess we will never have an answer to that question; but it makes a good family story.
     
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