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ALFRED_THE_EWOK
25 April 2002, 02:25 PM
I was just curious what authors people here are interested in and what kind of books. Like most of you I would bet, I'm mostly into fantasy and sci-fi. But my favorite authors are:

J.R.R. Tolkien - Arguably the best fantasy writer ever.

Philip K. Dick - One of the greatest sc-fi writers ever, his books can get a little weird but are quite good

Frank Herbert - He wrote Dune, which rocked. Haven't read much of his other stuff but felt he needed a mention.

Douglas Adams - Combines sci-fi and humor like no other author I have read.

Tom Clancy - Liked Rainbow Six and Sum of all Fears, though I wouldn't really consider him to be high brow entertainment.

Aaron Alston - Absolutely loved his wraith squadron stuff and picked up Rebel Dream immediately after seeing his name on it.


What are some your guys' and gals' favorite authors or do you have an opinion on any of these guys, please post away.

Dr_Worm
25 April 2002, 04:21 PM
Robert Jordan- Wheel of Time
Stephen J Gould-Natural Hisory Non-Fiction, but ver entertaining.
HH The Dali Lama- The man writes striaght to the Soul
Ray Bradbury- The Godfather of SF
Colin Dexter- Mysteries based in Oxford England
J.R.R. Tolkien- Duh?
Anything that takes place in the Pacific Northwest
William Gibson- Godfather of Cyberpunk
Gabriel Garcia Marquez-Latin writer that writes in Magical Realism
Paolo Choelo(sp?)- The Alchemist is a novel that will change your life, and really make you look at why you haven't fought for your dreams


That's all I can think of right now, I read an aweful lot.

khalen penn
25 April 2002, 04:22 PM
that could be a tough one
?
tom clancy tolkien zahn clive cussler grisham
terry pratchet john higgens
allister mcclain michael crichton douglas adams

all excellent authors
ive read most if not all theyre books

dgswensen
25 April 2002, 06:14 PM
Funny subject line... unless it's to watch the occasional DVD, I never turn my TV on at all! :) But here's my short list of favorite authors:

<B>A.A. Attanasio</B> - One of my all-time favorite authors; now sadly reduced to writing The Crow novels. Ugh.
<B>Caleb Carr</B> - Author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, both of which are must-reads if anyone ever wants to run an 1890s Cthulhu game. Great novels in their own right.
<B>H.P. Lovecraft</B> - THE 20th century horror author, IMHO.
<B>J.R.R. Tolkien</B> - I have an entire shelf devoted to Tolkien and works on or about Tolkien. Being an armchair Tolkien scholar is one of my full-time hobbies. :)
<B>Mark Frost</B> - Author of The List of 7 and The 6 Messiahs; fictional works about the life of Arthur Conan Doyle. Highly recommended, if you can find them (the latter is out of print).
<B>Matthew Stover</B> - Heroes Die was a tremendous sci-fi / fantasy novel. Also worth seeking out are Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, quite possibly two of the best fantasy novels I've ever read (and both out of print).
<B>Richard Morrow</B> - writes religious, or sacreligious, work, depending on your point of view. Towing Jehovah (in which God dies and his body falls into the ocean) is my personal favorite. Fantastic in more than one sense of the word.

I've never gotten into Robert Jordan, or been able to stomach Terry Brooks, but one "doorstop" fantasy series I've been following is Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. Great, great stuff.

Oh, and Chris Bunch's Last Legion series entertained me for a few books -- pulpy, easy-to-read military sci-fi. I was all over it until the fourth book, when they all join the circus (literally).

I also make it a point to read Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy about once a year or so. Come to think of it, that time's about due.

ALFRED_THE_EWOK
25 April 2002, 06:38 PM
[i]I also make it a point to read Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy about once a year or so. Come to think of it, that time's about due. [/B]
Why? Can't you just pick up some porno or read a few pages from Finnegan's Wake? :)

dgswensen
25 April 2002, 06:55 PM
Originally posted by ALFRED_THE_EWOK

Why? Can't you just pick up some porno or read a few pages from Finnegan's Wake? :) Tsk. Call it a hunch, I'm guessing you read a chapter or two of Illuminatus and didn't like it, right? :)

darth maim
25 April 2002, 11:56 PM
ummmm.... how the hell did no one mention R.A. Salvatore yet?

Also, I think Zahn is horrible.... Everyone is referred to as "the other" which really really annoyed me to no end and I just think he's a hack. Some people think he's god's gift to the printed page and I can respect their taste but this thread asked for opinions on writers and that's mine.

Dark Knight
26 April 2002, 12:52 AM
I agree that salvatore is the man. Can anyone say Drizzt do' Urdin

some of the other authors I really like are Mc Caffrey, Goodkind, and Stackpole(i loved I, Jedi)

Going on with Maim's rant on Zahn he started the whole EU as far as the beginning goes and he had great concepts...ok Thrawn. But his all around storytelling style left a LOT to be desired.

ALFRED_THE_EWOK
26 April 2002, 02:48 PM
Originally posted by dgswensen
Tsk. Call it a hunch, I'm guessing you read a chapter or two of Illuminatus and didn't like it, right? :)

Actually, my brother read it and basically described it as a pile of gibberish, but it still kept you reading. I picked it up on a few occassions, but when I open up to a random part and it vividly describes having sex with a hairy woman in the back of a taxi, my general opinion of it suffered. I still might read it some time though.

dgswensen
26 April 2002, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by ALFRED_THE_EWOK
Actually, my brother read it and basically described it as a pile of gibberish, but it still kept you reading. I picked it up on a few occassions, but when I open up to a random part and it vividly describes having sex with a hairy woman in the back of a taxi, my general opinion of it suffered. I still might read it some time though.
Illuminatus is not an easy read. It took me several tried to get through it, spaced over a couple of years. Then, one day, it clicked, and I finished the whole thing in a few days. It's still hard to get started, but I always find it to be a very rewarding read.

And yeah, there is some sex in it, but it's part of the story, and far from being the centerpiece of it.

Alun
26 April 2002, 06:29 PM
uhm, books authors yum yum, i eat books.


Judith Tarr - The Hound and The Falcon
J. R. R. Tolkien - For giving birth to modern fantasy
Weiss & Hickman - For Creating the books that started me on RPG
Tom Clancy - Just plain good
Douglas Adams - Certafiaby Insane, and without a doubt one of the most creative intelligent authors
Zahn - For the thrawn triology and others
Salvatore - Drizzt and more (although some of the last drizzt books seemed more inspired by publishers than actual muse
Dennis Jurgensen - Danish author, funny as hell (sort of a Adams, meets King)
Philip Jose Farmer
Guy gavriel Kay, fantastic fantasy author


And many many more that i can't begin to remember.

Jedi_Staailis
26 April 2002, 07:43 PM
Michael Chricton His stuff is really good. It tends to be very well researched and the plots are excellent. My personal favorites include Jurassic Park, Congo, and Timeline.

Timothy Zahn I find Zahn's books better than any other SW out there. Personally, I loved his storytelling style. It just seemed very Star Wars to me.

Tom Clancy Depending on the book. Some a very slow, some are much better. Among the best are Patriot Games, Hunt for the Red October, and Rainbow Six.

Stephen Hawking Okay, so he isn't exactly light reading, but personally, I'm fascinated by the stuff he talks about (though I am an admitted physics nerd :rolleyes: ), and he does manage to do a good job explaining things in simpler terms.

Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Enough said.

Superdog
26 April 2002, 07:58 PM
Originally posted by dgswensen
I also make it a point to read Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy about once a year or so. Come to think of it, that time's about due.
I read that "book" once. It was over a weekend, and I was frightened. First of all, well it's, uh, well, it's kinda hard ot describe. It basically consists of drugs and sex and psychology that doesn't make sense and LOTS of screwball phiplosophy that doesn't really make sense either. It does, however, influence your thoughts and beliefs, at least it did mine. Maybe I read it too fast, it could be like ice cream in that way, you shouldn't take too much in too fast or you'll get a headache. It's hard to describe really. I wouldn't recommend it, unless you can get a copy for free. Come to think of it, it's strange books don't have ratings, I guess that will happen when some anti-corrupting our youth or super-christian reads and realizes a 5 year old could go into a store and buy a copy. It isn't all nonsense, but you have to pick out the "good" stuff from the excessive nonsense. I 'd say the best response is to throw your hands into the air and say "Whatever!". Now I've thought about it too much, I have to go lie down. I've said too much.
As for authors, Tom Clancy, Tim Zahn, Frank Herbert and Terry Brooks are all good.

Lokar
26 April 2002, 07:59 PM
Harry Turtledove. The Great War series is good. If your a history buff of like alternative histories he is one of the best.

madpoet
26 April 2002, 09:40 PM
Victor Koman author of The Jehovah Contract. By far one of the most amzing books I've ever read. And I've read it dozens of times over the years. I heartily recommend it. (Not for easily offended, overly-religious types.)

Robert Jordan Kind of long winded, but the story makes up for the author's faults. However, some people may be bothered by Jordan's thinly veiled borrowing of characters from numeroud other books and legends. Still, a good read.

Of course you can never leave out the classics, Poe, Hawthorne, Herbert, Tolkien, Adams, Pratchett, etc.

madpoet
26 April 2002, 09:45 PM
I can't belive I forgot to mention T.H. White! Forgive me.

Terras Jadeonar & Raven
26 April 2002, 10:24 PM
William Shatner
(with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens)

- Federations
(Alternative startrek kirk/picard crossover, way better than Generations , providing if ya felt Generations sucked or could have been better)

- The "Return" Serries:
-- The Ashes of Eden
-- The Return
-- Avenger

- The "Mirror Universe" saga:
-- Spectre
-- Dark Victory
-- Preserver

(way better than the last few st movies, and he carries the classic style and feel of TOS & the 6 movies in his books. Nobody writes James T. Kirk better than Shatner himself)


Keven J Anderson - several of his SW books are good


Kim Stanly Robinson
- Antarctica: modern day, sabatoge of corporate operations in the antarctics
- Mars Trilogy (Red, Blue, Green) - the colonization of mars over a few generations

Ben Bova
- Venus
- Mars
- Return to Mars
- Jupiter
- Privateers
- Moon Rise
- Moon War

Jack McDevitt
- DeepSix (currently reading.. good book and half way through it)

dgswensen
26 April 2002, 11:49 PM
Yeah, okay, so, no one likes Illuminatus. I get it. Let's take pot shots at someone else's choice of reading material for awhile, won't we?

darth maim
27 April 2002, 12:00 AM
I personally dig Nietzsche, Crowley and LaVey.

Also in the realm of fantasy I'd have to say the Bible is a good read. Whether or not you believe the stories therein to be truth it's definately intersting to say the least.

dragonseye
29 April 2002, 06:55 AM
I hope I don't forget any...

Tad Williams
Anne McCafferey
Masamune Shirow (hey, you didn't specify no comics)
Ben Bova
Robert Jordan
Arthur C Clarke
Marjorie Kellog (I hope I spelt that right)
HP Lovecraft
Darwin
Sir William Scott
M Stackpole (Star Wars stuff only though)
Hawthorne
Edgar Poe
T S Elliot
Shakespear
Ray Bradbury
CS Lewis
Ursala K LeGuin
Douglas Adams

I think I'll stop there...

dragonseye
29 April 2002, 06:55 AM
Apparently, I'm having problems with double posts... sorry about this.

reliant
29 April 2002, 07:49 AM
Many of these have already been listed, but here are my favorites:

Roger Zelazny: Chronicles of Amber (and all the other amber novels)
Clive Cussler
Stephen King (his older stuff is way better than the newer books)
Douglas Adams
JRR Tolkien
Anne Rice (the Vampire Chronicles)

Superdog
29 April 2002, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by dgswensen
Yeah, okay, so, no one likes Illuminatus. I get it. Let's take pot shots at someone else's choice of reading material for awhile, won't we?
Whoa! Didn't say I didn't like it. It's amusing in it's way. Makes you think.

Jaggard
29 April 2002, 09:28 PM
I'm picky, I've found few books that draw me in because of authors.
Anne McCaffrey: The main Dragon Riders series is okay, but Dragon Singer and Dragon Song are the best in the series. BUT By far one of my favorites is the Hive and Tower series. Starting with the Rowan. Then of course there is the newer Freedom series.
Larry Niven: Oh come on, somebody should have said this already. I think by far my favorite work by him is Integral Trees. Then N-space and Playgrounds of the mind, which are less novels then a romp through a great mind. They consist of short stories and concepts not yet used and they read like DaVincis journals from a possible future perspective.
But my favorite thing to read is second hand books that are collections of short stories. It's like sampler platter at a restraunt, A little bit of everything. Some good some not. But the good ones make you say wow that's a good idea, the bad make you say hello you should have done this that and the other thing. Shoe horn that in between your ears and nod vapidly for a while and Achoo you've got an original idea of your own that came from the philisophical/ emotional high of the good stories and the creative and critical side from the bad.
Just don't mistake stealing for working. your ideas should stem from you but be fertalised by the environment.
As far as non sci-fi. I like The Original Dragonlance books, and the search feature of certain sites. I mean where else can you look up nanotechnology, which leads to a link on chemistry which leads to biology which leads to evolution to history to psychology and religion. Then start again with Worm holes... just follow the links and you'll be a jabbering idiot because no body can understand what your talking about but you'll know.
That and trivial pursuit and the encyclopedia.