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Who is your favourite author, and why?

Discussion in 'Author Discussion' started by Darren, Jul 12, 2002.

  1. Darren

    Darren Active Member

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    For me it's Clive Cussler, followed by John Grisham.
     
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    john grisham... he writes books for guys.. i dun like 'em too much
     
  3. Darren

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    Interesting....

    What makes you say that they're just for guys?
     
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    i dunno, just the way he writes... seems sort of ... more the male physique
    i've never found his books interesting (just me i guess)
    but i came up with that opinion after hearing how many men i personally know that like his books and how many girl friends i have that don't
    :D
     
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    I think I've only read one Grisham-book, but that one was enough for me to know that I shouldn't read any more by him. I don't know. It just didn't work for me...
     
  6. Darren

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    Which book was it lies? Some are not as good as his other. I personally think that "The Firm" was his best of the ones I've read.
     
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    Let me consult the book then. That would have been... --ah, here it is: The Pelican Brief. My gosh, how could I have forgotten? :confused:
     
  8. Darren

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    Guess you're really not Grisham fan then :( I quite enjoyed Pelcian Brief.

    Any other authors people like? Do you tend to stick with a small group of authors or try to read a wide variety?

    I remember walking into a bookshop and picking up a David Eddings. I'd heard a lot of praise for his stuff, so I thought I'd give "The Diamond Throne" a try. Loved it, and read other two in the series back-to-back.
     
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    i rarely pick books by author, i pick by what grabs my interest looking around the bookstore

    sometimes if i read a book and it's really good, i may actually seek out another ont by the same author

    or if i've read one i really didnt like, i keep that author in mind and remember to not get anymore of their books lol
     
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    I think that's how most people go about it -- including me.

    There are of course authors I prefer, but there aren't any "rules"... I mean, even if I didn't like The Pelican Brief, it's still possible that I would like another John Grisham-book... But because I didn't like the first one, I won't be inclined to read another one by him.

    Maybe that makes me prejudiced, and maybe I should work on that... :)
     
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    no... keep to that and dont read anymore by grisham ;) lollll
     
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    There I am, trying to become a better person, and you're trying to stop me? You're evil! :p
     
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    lolllllll ;)
     
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    My favorite author is a tie between Tom Clancy and Dale Brown. Rainbow Six by Clancy might be my favorite novel, I've read it three times. Brown, having been a former captain in the Air Force, tends to really know what he's talking about more though but his plots are usually a little far fetched at times.

    I don't really read a wide variety of authors or genres. Whenever I'm at the book store, I'm usually looking around the same area for books by the same few authors.

    I haven't read John Gresham, though I've seen the movie The Pelican Breif and was mildly intrigued by it.
     
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    Joanne Harris

    My favourite author at the moment is Joanne Harris. Having seen the film 'Chocolat', I was enticed into reading the Whitbread-shortlisted book which inspired the film. Her writing really appeals to the senses, evoking the colours, textures, tastes and scents of food and wine - she injects magic into the everyday. The indulgent sense of pleasure in 'Chocolat' was a welcome relief after previously reading Bridget Jones's Diary - a nice change to read a book which celebrates chocolate without guilt!

    Equally indulgent writing is evident in her other books 'Blackberry Wine' and 'Five Quarters of the Orange', though the latter has a more bitter taste to it.

    I am currently reading her latest novel 'Coastliners', but would like to get hold of the earlier novels 'Sleep, Pale Sister' and 'The Evil Seed', if possible.
     
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    ok here comes the list ...

    5.Herman Hesse
    4.Nawal El Saadawi
    3.Albert Camus
    2.Michel Houellebecq
    1. has to be Umberto Eco
     
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    I thoroughly enjoyed "The Partner." The ending made the story.

    Jill
     
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    Darren,
    I do like John Grisham's books. I enjoyed to read 'The Parnther'. I forget other one title. These are my favourite ones. I have ' The Street Lawyer' and The Testaments' as well but I haven't read them yet.
     
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    Just one author? That's tough. So, let me cheat a little with some qualifications. If you go by repeat readings, its Rex Stout (I think I've read each of the Nero Wolfe mysteries 4 or 5x). If you are talking about the classics, its Joseph Conrad. And, among modern authors, I have to go with Chuck Rosenthal (his Loop trilogy, now out of print, is a work of genius).
    Over the years, I've read two Grisham books. They left me completely cold (no offense to Grisham or his fans). Umberto Eco (also mentioned here) is a puzzlement. Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum were great. The Island of the Day Before was dreadful. Go figure.
     
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    Hermann Hesse was my fav for a long time....now I believe that Josephine Hart has taken the cake....After getting a hold of Damage, I was hooked and read three more of her books soon after....quite amazing
     

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