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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:42 AM
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Who is your favorite living writer?
Mine is Gary Snyder. He first came into prominence as one of the "beats".
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:43 AM
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1. Ursula LeGuin
She's incomparable
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:53 AM
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30. She's definitely one of mine. nt
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:39 AM
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44. A fine choice!
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sibelian Donating Member (543 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 03:51 PM
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128. aye!

and first post too.
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:45 AM
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2. larry mcmurtry?
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 08:46 AM by barbtries
possibly. can't name one. seems all i read anymore is DU anyway, so...glenn greenwald? the rude pundit? dunno.

speaking of which i cannot forget AKMuckraker and Margaret and Helen. particularly the former is a really wonderful writer.
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unapatriciated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:11 PM
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76. His son is talented as well - watch this...
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:45 AM
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3. I have many, but I would have to say that
Joyce Carol Oates would be the main one. Why she hasn't yet won the Nobel Prize is a travesty of justice!
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JustAnotherGen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:51 AM
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4. Love her too!
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JustAnotherGen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:54 AM
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5. E. L. Doctorow is my favorite
He can say more in one paragraph than the entire body of Dicken's work. And I like Charles Dickens - but he's dead.

I've kept his in my word document of things folks have written that I love (links). . . here's what he wrote of Bush in 2004 at Common Dreams.org:

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0920-13.htm
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:54 AM
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6. that was my answer
JCO rocks. :thumbsup:
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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:54 AM
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7. Eco or Rushdie depending on mood. nt
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:02 AM
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8. Jeffery Eugenides
He's the same age as me, and he grew up
in the same area I did.

His hazy recollections of childhood seem
to come from my own head.
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yankeepants Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:18 PM
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101. Middlesex ---best ever
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:03 AM
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9. Pynchon
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Abin Sur Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:04 AM
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10. Terry Pratchett. Soon not to be among us, sadly.
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catrose Donating Member (591 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:06 AM
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14. Great minds surely do think alike.
Apparently we were typing at the same time. Another vote for Terry!
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LadyHawkAZ Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:54 AM
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31. 3rd vote for Terry
Pratchett is what every other writer aspires to be- a true genius with the English language.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:38 AM
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43. 4th vote for Terry.
I am so sad his health is failing; a truly gifted writer.
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bengalherder Donating Member (718 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:54 AM
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58. First name that came to mind.
Of course, I just shamelessly spent the food money buying his new one in hardback.

I can eat potatoes, but there is only one Pratchett.


I also bought Lindsey Davis's new Falco novel as well.

But I had to pass on Phil Dick's Exigesis. My husband would understand a $40 spree, but $80 would have been too much. Mebbe next month... :D
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:13 PM
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78. Sixth vote for Terry Pratchett
His works of fiction are pure brilliance...
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:37 PM
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93. Don't give up hope
he's quite early on, so there's still time to find a cure or at least a treatment.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 07:59 PM
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111. Wrong place. n/t
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 08:01 PM by femmocrat
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:20 PM
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117. He's dying? OH NO!!!
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 11:21 PM by Odin2005
Cancer? :(

Edit, checked on Wiki, it's Alzheimers... :cry:
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 01:49 PM
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126. Terry Pratchett hands down.
I wish he didn't have Alzheimer's and that he could keep writing for many years to come.
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catrose Donating Member (591 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:05 AM
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11. Terry Pratchett tho Ursula is awesome too
But Terry makes me laugh and I've needed that the last decade.

He started from a Lord-Of-The-Rings-through-the-funhouse-mirror and has gone from slipping-on-banana-peels humor to social consciousness and the ridiculousness that humans (that is, Disk Worldians) are capable of--deeply funny affectionate character humor, as opposed to American humiliation humor.

Not funny is his battle with early onset Alzheimer's. He can no longer drive or put on a sweater, but he can still write. I fear we won't get 50 more books from him, however. So appreciate him before he dies!
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vidalarosa Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:05 AM
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12. Who is your favorite living writer?
I love leisure readings, I love Nicholas Sparks, simple words are spoken in his books.
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Efilroft Sul Donating Member (827 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:06 AM
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13. George R. R. Martin
Complex characters, requires the reader to pay attention to details, interesting stories.
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:31 AM
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53. +1
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 11:32 AM by Xithras
If he manages to provide a satisfactory ending to the SOIF books, I think he may eventually be recognized as the Tolkien of this generation. There are a lot of brilliant fantasy writers around today, including Pratchett, Brooks, and Salvatore, but Martin's books are the type of genre-altering works that only come along once every few decades. Tolkien created the concept of the epic fantasy world. Martin is demonstrating that all fantasy isn't high and noble...sometimes it can be bloody and realistic (and sometimes, quite often actually, the good guys die). It brings a gritty reality to a genre that is almost always black and white, or good vs. evil. His world is a million shades of gray. And he does it with style.
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:06 AM
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15. Art Vandelay - also a 'beat writer'
Venetian Blinds.

Like George, I have a hard time picking a favorite. Also like George, I don't actually read much fiction. It's not that I wouldn't if I had the time, but I've allowed too many distractions into my life for that. Pressed for an answer, however, I would say Barbara Kingsolver, particularly The Poisonwood Bible.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:44 PM
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95. But are we sure he's alive?
What happened to him after the show? Could he still be languishing in jail in Latham, Mass.?
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:09 AM
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16. Today, Martin Amis


He just cracks me up.

Tomorrow? :shrug:



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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:10 AM
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17. No one single favorite.
But there are any number whose books I will quickly put on reserve at the library whenever they have anew one: Harry Turtledove, Andrew Pyper, Robert Charles Wilson, Connie Willis, Janet Evanovich. There are a few others, such as Larry McMurtry whose earlier works I just loved, but not so much his recent ones.

Andrew Pyper is a Canadian who only has five novels out so far, and I've only read three of them, but his first, Lost Girls, is one of the very best I've ever read. I do go around recommending him to anyone foolish enough to ask my reading advice.

Thomas Mallon is an American author who is not as well known as he should be. His novel Henry and Clara is one of the best I've ever read. They were the couple who were at Ford's Theater with President and Mrs. Lincoln on the evening of April 14, 1865. It's a somewhat fictionalized version of the life of the two and is utterly fascinating. You learn of their lives prior to that evening -- they had grown up as step-brother and step-sister and fell in love, but their families opposed their marriage for a number of years. Eventually they did marry. For years after the assassination of Lincoln, the press would track them down and ask them why Henry hadn't stopped Booth from shooting. To find out how their lives played out over time is the most amazing story I'd never heard of. I've actually persuaded total strangers to buy the book when I'm in bookstores.

I'm not much of a reader of "literary" fiction, but tend to like works with a strong plot and good characters. I read a lot (like so many of us here) and I read somewhat more non fiction than I do fiction.

I know as others respond to this thread, I'll be reminded of lots of writers whose works I like and admire, and I apologize ahead of time for all those I haven't mentioned in my own post.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:17 AM
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18. Terry Pratchett - he's so talented, he could make an obituary funny.
:D
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:18 AM
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19. Wow -- I Guess Most of My Favorites are Dead
probably Chuck Palahniuk.
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:16 PM
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100. So is your user name a reference
to Jack Kerouac? If so are you familiar with Dharma Bums (and with Gary Snyder)?
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 06:21 PM
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106. It's Partly a Reference to Kerouac,
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 06:21 PM by On the Road
but it's also because I've moved a lot, like to travel, and always feel in a state of transition. I had a username I couldn't stand any longer and it seemed right at the time. I liked 'On the Road', partly because I came from a conservative middle-class background and at one point hitchhiked a lot and hung out with the sort of folks that the Neal Cassady character represented.

I liked "The Dharma Bums" too, especially the last ten pages or, where the Kerouac character is employed as a park ranger and is alone in a cabin on a mountain. No dialogue, no other characters, but pure poetry.

Read some of Gary Snyder's poetry a long time ago but don't remember it all that well.

If I had to pick a favorite author living or dead it would probably be Lawrence Durrell. Not for everyone, but for me his best work is absolutely intoxicating.
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 06:29 PM
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108. I would then recommend,
The Practice of The Wild by Snyder.
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:22 AM
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20. Carl Hiaasen
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:28 PM
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79. His fiction is hilarious but his writings on social and political issues are spot on
He has a gift and uses it well.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:23 AM
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21. I can not pick one, unfair...
I dig your choice though, Snyder. Smokey The Bear Sutra....
http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/bear.htm
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:25 AM
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22. James D. Doss
The author of Charlie Moon series...

He is my favorite until one of his future series books bombs, and so far none has...one coming out now in November, so we'll soon see if he stays at the top of my list.
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:27 AM
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23. Ray Bradbury
There are others too, but he's the first one that pops into my mind.
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:29 AM
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24. Too hard to pick just one. Mark Salzman, Neil Gaiman, Karen Armstrong,
Stephen King, Anne Lamott, Ursula Hegi are among my favorites.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:58 AM
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138. I'm glad someone mentioned Neil Gaiman.
I like Annie Proulx, too.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:30 AM
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25. Rohintan Mistry
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:02 PM
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113. "A Fine Balance" has to be one of my favourite books.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:32 AM
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26. Barbara Kingsolver
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Habibi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:27 AM
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41. Me, too!
Her books are feasts.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:36 AM
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42. The Lacuna -- I didn't want it to end.
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:44 AM
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57. Me too. :)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:07 PM
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84. I haven't read her latest
but am convinced The Poinsonwood Bible was the best novel of the 20th.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:24 PM
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119. That book is amazing!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 03:33 PM
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127. That book is a living universe and it ran circle around Toni Morrison
which I didn't think was possible.

:)
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 01:44 PM
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125. Barbara Kingsolver best ever. Favorite, Poison Tree Bible.
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MarianJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:45 AM
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27. Ane Tyler...
...with EL Doctorow not far behind.

PEACE!
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 07:56 PM
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110. I love her books and her characters.
:)
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larkrake Donating Member (101 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:50 AM
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28. Koontz and jame lee burke
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:52 AM
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29. Shatner...me luvs me some TekWar
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Shampoobra Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:27 AM
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137. Have you read "Get a Life"?
The whole thing is hilarious, and Shatner writes exactly the way he speaks.

From page 241, referring to Nimoy:

"Leonard simply loves my relentless teasing and practical jokes. He lives for it. He's never actually told me that; in fact, he often says the exact opposite, but I know the truth."
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:00 AM
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32. Harlan Ellison
I can't get enough of his stuff. Too bad he's not in good health, and probably will not be with us much longer.
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bengalherder Donating Member (718 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:57 AM
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60. +1000
Ellison is great. It is too bad his health has prevented him from being as prolific as he has been in the past.
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bengalherder Donating Member (718 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:58 AM
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61. I will add Gore Vidal to this awesome list. n/t
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:06 PM
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114. I'm a huge fan.
Here's me with the man himself, at a FantasyLit Con in Bellevue, Washington in 2005. I got to have dinner with him and his wife. What an experience!

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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:04 AM
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33. I like Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Pat Conroy,
James Lee Burke, and Larry McMurtry.

Stephen King has the edge, the others tied for a close second.
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:05 AM
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34. Margaret Atwood
The clear favorite for me....
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:11 AM
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36. Mine too. nt
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:32 PM
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68. Yep, since she surplanted Philip K. Dick she's mine too (The Robber Bride)
RECALL WALKER/KLEEFISCH!!!
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:00 PM
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81.  Second. nt
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Owlet Donating Member (765 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:08 AM
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35. Connie Willis
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:13 AM
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37. Patrick McManus
Got to love a guy who has a character named "Rancid Crabtree". His stories are hilarious!
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:46 AM
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48. Oh, yeah! His stories are utterly side-splitting ROFLMAO hilarious.
I grew up in the country and have lived in the sticks all of my life.

Country truth through humor.

I'm pretty sure I know Rancid Crabtree.
:thumbsup:

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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:14 AM
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38. Clive Cussler
Love his NUMA files and Dirk Pitt
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 09:48 PM
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134. Cussler is a fun read
Last one I read he had introduced Dirk Pitt's son. Has he written any followups?
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:15 AM
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39. Matt Taibbi
I prefer non-fiction writers, and he's the BEST of those these days.... Ms Bigmack
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:18 AM
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40. I kinda like the Rude Pundit.
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:39 AM
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45. I kind of like Al Sarrantonio
An award-winning writer of horror short fiction, he writes some of the strangest stuff I've ever read.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:43 AM
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46. Pat Conroy
and I heard him speak at an author lecture series about 15 years ago :-).
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ohheckyeah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:44 AM
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47. John Grisham.
Hands down he is my favorite.....The Pelican Brief and The Confession are probably my favorites of his but I pretty much love anything he writes.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:29 PM
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104. John Grisham is my favorite, too.
I just bought "The Confession" in paperback but haven't started on it yet.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:46 AM
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49. Dr. Rubin "H" Carter.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:47 AM
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50. Stephen King and Dean Koontz n/t
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BoWanZi Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:37 PM
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71. Ditto these two! ^^
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:28 PM
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91. I'm glad someone else appreciates great authors. n/t
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:36 PM
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92. Dean Koontz is way right wing
From Odd Thomas: "It (white supremacy) was a cencer at the core of the hippie flower-child movement." (supposedly based on CHarles Manson's involvement therein) :puke:
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:13 AM
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51. I don't do favorites. I simply don't rank people or things in my life like that.
I can list some authors that I value.

Ursula LeGuin, who has already been mentioned.
Tom Robbins
Patricia McKillip
Paulann Peterson
Neil Gaiman
Elizabeth Peterson
Byrd Baylor
Salman Rushdie
Margaret Atwood

I could probably add another 25 or so if I took more time.


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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:07 PM
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85. I was trying to be succinct.
It could have been of all the writers you admire, who do you prefer above all others?

Or maybe if you were on a desert island with one book, who would be the author?

Or who do you think is the best writer still alive?

Or who do you think is the best living author?

Or who is the author of a book, you particularly admire, that is still alive?

Or who do you consider to be the best still living writer?

Or "simply"....?


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JFN1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:20 AM
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52. Me! (recently had my first novel published)
I really like C.S. Friedman, and Julian May.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:59 AM
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62. What's the title.....a plug wouldn't hurt.....nt
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JFN1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:47 PM
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122. I didn't know if it would be appropriate, but...
It's called, "And Darkness Comes" by (my pen name) D.J. Dupree. Here's the description:

A DOOR OPENED WIDE INTO MADNESS

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Within each of us, there is darkness; a piece of our souls, wed like to forget. Though we fight it, and deny it, and try to suppress it, this part of our selves, remains. And there are things out there, things which speak to this darkness within uswhich feed, upon us...

A ghastly shooting leads tabloid reporter Justin Barrett to the small town of Johnston City, Illinois, where an appalling evil has already claimed twenty-two people. Two young boys are responsible for the carnage, normal kids who became brutal murderers. Justin Barrett wants to be the first reporter to find out why.

Timmy Rice and Colin Bolander seemed like any other eighth grade kids from the Midwest. Their story had all of the elements a good tabloid reporter looks for, and Justin Barrett was not about to let this one get away. But as imprisoned Timmy Rice begins to tell his tale, Justin finds himself drawn unwittingly into a dark abyss of terrifying malevolence he cannot escape.

An ancient evil lies at the heart of Timmys and Colins crimes, a living darkness intent on more than mere brutal murder. As the darkness manipulates the boys into performing its bloody deeds, Timmys older brother Sean and the ghost of his dead little sister Carla, become entangled in the web of horror, treachery, and death the darkness has fashioned to serve its own terrifying ends. And Justin Barrett discovers he too is trapped within this dark web, helplessly snarled, hopelessly lost...

And Darkness Comes is a frightening look into the human soul, a supernatural and psychological journey through the darkness, and light, which exists within us all.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:32 AM
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54. Jonathan Safran Foer
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TacoD Donating Member (62 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:36 AM
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55. Clive Barker, unfairly pigeonholed as a "horror" writer
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 11:37 AM by TacoD
Imajica changed my life, and Weaveworld, The Great and Secret Show, Everville and the Thief of Always are all great too.
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Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:43 AM
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56. Stephen King n/t
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:56 AM
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59. no one has yet said Cormac McCarthy, so I will
although I don't know that I really have a favorite, strictly speaking ... :kick:
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:43 PM
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121. +1
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Tom Ripley Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:03 PM
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63. Harry Crews or John Rechy
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WiffenPoof Donating Member (676 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:05 PM
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64. J.D. Sallinger...
yep...he is still alive!
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:27 PM
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66. Died January 27, 2010.
Unless you were making a joke, or something...
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WiffenPoof Donating Member (676 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:05 PM
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82. Geeze...I'm so sorry.
I had no idea. He was a great writer.

-P
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:08 PM
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86. Certainly much-loved by many millions.
I doubt I'll be able to say the same when my time comes. :D :hi:
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:18 PM
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65. Claire Messud.
There are a number of others that I like: Gary Shteyngart, Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Franzen, Rebecca Goldstein. But, I picked Claire Messud.
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loveandlight Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:29 PM
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67. Barbara Kingsolver
No question... great novels, great politics... what more could you want.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:34 PM
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69. Sheri S. Tepper.
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:36 PM
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70. Kim Brittingham
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:56 PM
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72. Cormac McCarthy
"Blood Meridian" is a masterpiece on the order of "Moby-Dick".
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DisgustipatedinCA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 12:59 PM
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73. Haruki Murakami, John Irving, Tom Robbins (no possible way to pick just one)
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:32 PM
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88. Damn, how could I have forgotten John Irving - one of my favs too. n/t
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:00 PM
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74. A great writer lives forever. n/t
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robdogbucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:08 PM
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75. All Novelists: Sebastian Barry, John Burdette, John Le Carre
Sebastian Barry has written the best books I have read in the last two years, Long, Long Way and The Secret Scripture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Barry



John Burdette penned a character in a series of Bangkok crime novels, has a new one out with a new character. Can't wait.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burdett



John Le Carre wrote the series starring George Smiley, spy master. Great series of mystery/spy noevels going way back to The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Latest book was Our Kind of Traitor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_le_Carr%C3%A9
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:12 PM
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77. Tom Wolfe
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 01:44 PM
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80. James Lee Burke, Carl Hiaasen, John Sandford, Lee Child ... to name a few
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:52 PM
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98. Lee Child went from someone I hated to like, to a pretty good writer.
I think Jack Reacher has gotten lazier, more violent, and less interesting lately, but Child has gotten better at writing. I'm hoping he quits trying to pander to/mock Americans and their violence, and gets back to the more creative and cautious Reacher, while keeping his writing skills.
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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:25 PM
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115. I enjoy all of those... you should stop in the fiction group and share your recs
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

How about Brian Haig, Barry Eisler, Marcus Wynne?
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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:05 PM
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83. Dr. Maya Angelou
Now more than ever do we need the poets of today to help sooth our souls and give us inspiration!
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:10 PM
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87. Richard Dawkins, nt
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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 02:51 PM
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89. Barry Holstun Lopez writes the most astonishing short stories.
Beautiful, poetic, and some other ineffable thing.
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 06:35 PM
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109. I've only read
Arctic Dreams. But the polar regions and their exploration is a passion of mine. Have you read any of Farley Mowat's work?
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:00 PM
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90. Ken Bruen
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 03:01 PM by Rambis
dark stuff but I love it- I devour his stuff
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:40 PM
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94. Lois-Ann Yamanaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois-Ann_Yamanaka

Lois-Ann Yamanaka (born September 7, 1961 in Hoʻolehua, Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi) is a Japanese-American poet and novelist from Hawaiʻi. Many of her critically acclaimed literary works are written in Hawaiian Pidgin, and some of her writing has dealt with controversial ethnic issues. In particular, her works confront themes of Asian American families and the local culture of Hawaiʻi.

Disclaimer: in addition to being "da Pidgin Shakespeare", she is also a personal friend. Honorable mention goes to Sharyn McCrumb (then again, I've exchanged emails with her, too!) despite the rumors of rabid right-wingnuttery; I suspect she's just being a good Appalachian and viewing the gummint like she does any other bunch of flatlanders.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:49 PM
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96. Gene Wolfe.
Gene Wolfe writes fantasy, mostly, but he's a very skilled and dark and difficult writer. He creates the most complex universes, with a heavy emphasis on politics and religions. He likes decaying societies with complex religious beliefs, often involving technology as well as the supernatural. People have compared him to Melville, but that's not exactly right--Melville keeps a distance from his story that Wolfe doesn't. I can't think of a good comparison.

I read everything from Dickens to Stephen King (who are less different than you might thing). Umberto Evo is a favorite. Lately I've read a lot of cheap serial stuff, like Lee Child, who started off as a weak writer but has gotten very good, and James Lee Burke. Also, Henning Mankel and Steve Berry, though I don't really like Berry's writing that much. I just like the history link, since it's something I've thought about doing.


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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 04:11 PM
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99. +1
I still have to hunt down the third Soldier book, I just finished re-reading the first two. Great stuff.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:33 PM
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120. I'll have to look for his books!
I love fantasy books with worlds that are well thought out.
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some guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 03:49 PM
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97. Genrally,
who ever I've most recently read. So this week, Sue Grafton.
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yankeepants Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:19 PM
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102. Annie Proulx
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:26 PM
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103. Elmore Leonard, for pure entertainment.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 06:11 PM
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105. Kim Stanley Robinson
Robinson's work often explores alternatives to modern capitalism. In the Mars trilogy, it is argued that capitalism is an outgrowth of feudalism, which could be replaced in the future by a more democratic economic system. Worker ownership and cooperatives figure prominently in Green Mars and Blue Mars as a replacement for traditional corporations. The Orange County trilogy explores similar arrangements; Pacific Edge includes the idea of attacking the legal framework behind corporate domination to promote social egalitarianism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Stanley_Robinson#Major...
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kalli007 Donating Member (164 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 06:28 PM
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107. Joyce Carol Oates
Although most of her stories have the same underlying theme, but I guess I find comfort in the familar.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 08:01 PM
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112. Ken Follett's historical novels.
Also Charles Frazier.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:18 PM
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116. Barbara Kingsolver. Colleen McCullough is great, too.
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 11:26 PM by Odin2005
The latter is going blind, so her writing career is over, sadly. :(
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:21 PM
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118. Steve Almond.
Not just because I find both his short stories and his essay work hilarious, also because he's a raging leftist who enjoys nothing more than picking at the "icons of the right" until they snap on him. If I hadn't loved him before...this would have done it:

http://youtu.be/6iwBj2Kkf6E

This is after he publicly shamed Alan Colmes for refusing to admit on-air that he felt Bill O'Reilly's sexual conduct was inappropriate and mocked Sean Hannity to his face during an interview.

Also, yes, that tee-shirt reads: "I like the Pope, the Pope smokes dope."
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:42 AM
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123. Sharon Kay Penman's historical novels kick butt. She's my favorite historical novel writer.

Her latest is LIONHEART, about King Richard the Lion-Hearted.



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annonymous Donating Member (850 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:59 AM
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124. James Lee Burke and Carl Hiaasen are my favorite authors
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 05:16 PM
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129. David McCullough.
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 05:22 PM
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130. I met Gary Snyder at a poetry reading he gave at our U (my poetry prof went to UC Davis for his MFA)
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My band's rhythm guitarist was also there for the reading and we were talking
to Gary outside during the "intermission" on a CRISP Pennsylvania Autumn day
when Gary mentioned a nip or two of something fortifying would sure help keep
the cold out.
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My guitarist, dependable soul that he was, whipped out his flask and Gary put
his arm around his shoulder and they disappeared around the corner of the
building for a little while.
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Came back looking toasty, indeed.
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Fucking poets.
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Present CaliforniaPeggy company excluded, of course!!!
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 05:46 PM
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131. Harlan Coben, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin

I don't understand why Coben's Myron Bolitar series hasn't been made into a movie, tv movie, series, etc. The French did "Tell No One" (not a Bolitar book) which is great- saw that movie and started reading his books. Hooked ever since.
We have "Wire in the Blood" (Robson Green- yum) and "Rebus" (soooo sad there aren't any more- love Ken Stott), why not "Myron Bolitar"?
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 09:26 PM
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132. Even though he's a winger, W.E.B. Griffin
Honorable mentions to Dave Barry and Mitch Albom
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 09:46 PM
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133. Sharyn McCrumb, Elizabeth Moon, Elizabeth Peters, Margaret Maron
Also Jody Lynn Nye, Rita Mae Brown. I think there is a theme going here.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:43 AM
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135. Tom Wolfe.
He was an influence on me as a writer.
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:32 AM
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136. Tim O'Brien
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ForeverFlashy Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 11:07 PM
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139. J.K Rowling
I pegged her a my favorite when the Harry Potter books came out. I'm expecting more great books from her.
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clyrc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 11:13 PM
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140. Lionel Shriver
For years and years, I had two favorites, Tanith Lee and Dorothy Dunnett. I liked Lionel Shriver from the first time I read a book by her, but over the years I've loved her books more and more and now I am pretty sure she's my favorite. I got to see her and get her latest book signed last spring, and I was so excited my daughters were laughing and calling me a fan girl.
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Bryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 08:44 PM
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141. Ian McEwan
He has a very highflown literary reputation, so his work can be mistaken for something worthy but unexciting, like celery or stretching exercises, but that's not his fault; all he does is write very moving and understandable stories about how people relate to each other. Recommended work: On Chesil Beach.
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