Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 74 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2701 times:
Who is your favorite author and which of his/her books did you enjoy the best?
It does not have to be a full book, it could be short stories as well
I found it very difficult to choose, so I cheated and chose some from different genres.
Shakespeare is my favorite poet and playwrite. I have kept a copy of his sonnets with me since it was gifted to me at age 18. The pride of my library are my 8 different bindings and collections of his complete works. My favorite work is still Hamlet, followed by The Taming of the Shrew..or As You Like It. I particularly enjoyed sonnet 34 but would be hard pressed to choose my favorite.
Twain is my favorite pre-modern storyteller and novelist. It was difficult as I wanted to choose Verne, Wells, Voltaire, Moliere, Dostoevsky and a half dozen others but there it is. I empathized with the characters and felt that those adventures were ones I could have had in that same era. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is my favorite, but thats no dis towards Tom and Huck.
Of modern storytelling I have found WEB Griffin (William E. Butterworth) to write the most engaging stories and the most consistent. I like Clancy, Archer, Hammett, and Cussler among plenty of others. Griffins original Brotherhood of War series is my favorite of his writings.
Honorable mention goes to Mankind for Tietam Brown.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
Tom Clancy, Michael D. DeMurcurio, Dale Brown, Patrick Robinson . . . .
All are fantastic. Can't put a finger on which I like best . . . actually met Tom Clancy - twice. He did a book signing in 1998 in DC . . . and later that evening, I was at the O'Club on Ft. Myer and he was there with Gen Franks. Interesting man. Chain smokes Marlboroughs and likes Scotch whisky.
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4753 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2669 times:
Favourite books -
The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. I am not a big fan of the "fantasy" genre, but these three books are awesome! Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire.
Garden of Beasts by Jeffrey Deaver is also brilliant.
Also Robert Harris, Clive Cussler, Wilbur Smith and Arthur Hailey all have a great canon of work.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 768 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
Among the living fiction authors -
Top of my list would be Clive Cussler...I've read every one of his books, starting back with "The Mediterranean Caper".
Deceased fiction authors -
My all-time favorite fiction author is Alistair MacLean. That man could spin the most exciting stories, and had such a unique style of writing, and describing things, that it was always wonderful to pick up a new book of his, read the first few paragraphs, and feel like..."Ah, Alistair MacLean!" Such fun reading his books!
Those who want to do something will find a way; those who don't will find an excuse.
Xpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
These are favorites from the following authors. In no special order
John Irving-"A Prayer for Owen Meany"
Rohinton Mistry-"A Fine Balance"
Anne Patchett-"The Magician's Assistant"
Arundhati Roy-"The God of Small Things"
Jhumpa Lahiri-"Interpreter of Maladies" (short story collection)
Pat Conroy-"The Prince of Tides"
Hanif Kureishi-"The Buddha of Suburbia"
James Michener-"The Covenant" and so many more
M.G. Vassanji-"The In Between Life of Vikram Lall" (reading currently)
The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
Xnv From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2633 times:
Letters to a Young Poet - Ranier Maria Rilke
Some say it's a trite coming of age book but I like what it says about patience and understanding. I quote it on occasion. "Perhaps all of the dragons in our lives are merely princesses waiting for someone, just once, to act with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything we fear is something that genuinely needs our love." (The exact wording depends on who did the translations from German, some are much more poetic than others.)
Fugitive Pieces - Ann Michaels
An incredibly rich, poetic, beautiful book by this Canadian Author. If you like Michael Ondaatje's style of writing (The English Patient, In the Skin of a Lion) you will enjoy this piece.
Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven
An interesting book about a comet hitting the Earth and what really becomes important when money has no value - survival, practical skills, and strong leadership.
I agree with Xpat - A Prayer for Owen Meaney is a great book also. I had a hard time putting it down when I read it.
Lamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
All have been mentioned before but sooo good:
Wilbur Smith, James Michener, JJR Tolkien, PD James.
I love it when I discover an 'old' writer, so that when I like the book I can go to the library and get all his books and don't have to wait for the next one to come out.
This happened to me recently with Dick Francis and now I'm heavily into Ruth Rendell//Barbara Vine.
Karan69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2898 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2590 times:
There are many and difficult to choose one from so much time of reading, but the most recent ones which i read and really change the way one looks at things.
Mein Kamph-Adolf Hitler
Vulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2581 times:
My favorite author is Somerset Maugham. "Of Human Bondage" is my favorite book of his. Some other writers I like are:
I also must mention Alexandre Dumas, even though I have read only one book of his. The original, unabridged version of "The Count of Monte Christo" is a close second for my favorite book. Anybody else like these?
"If you take everything I've accomplished in my entire life and condense it down into 1 day, it looks decent!"
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2570 times:
"The Painted Bird" by Jerzy Koscinsky.....
Great stuff about a Polish boy during WWII. Very graphic though. Shows the effects of war on a society. It portrays how people almost turn animalistic and how their superego and ego fall prey to their id. Read this my first year at Boston University and the extreme imagery and sadistic and sexual violence still sticks in my mind.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2546 times:
UAL - God, The Painted Bird is truly one of the most horrific books ever written. I am usually quite immune to the effects of graphic movies, books, etc., but I had nightmares for weeks after reading it. Especially the brutality inflicted on "Stupid Ludmilla."
Anyway, my choices:
Anything by Charles Bukowski. Truly the greatest American poet, and a master of dialogue. For poetry, "Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame" Selected Poems 1955-1973; for prose, "Post Office"; for short stories, "Hot Water Music." I have all 38 of his books that are currently available in print.
John Fante - "Wait Until Spring, Bandini", and everything else he wrote.
Fyodor Dostoeyevski: "Crime and Punishment," "Notes From Underground"
JLF Celine - "Journey to the End of the Night"
Albert Camus - "The Plague," "A Happy Death"
Kerouac - "Desolation Angels" "Dharma Bums"
Vladimir Nabokov - "Invitation to a Beheading"
Alexandr Solzynitsin - "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"
Sylvia Plath - "The Bell Jar"
Anthony Burgess - "A Clockwork Orange"
Henry Miller - "Tropic of Cancer" "Tropic of Capricorn"
James Dickey - "Dileverance" "Buckdancer's Choice"
on and on...
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