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#1 Posted by Aegon (6653 posts) -

The other thread about this was really old and really dead. You should list your favourite book or series of theirs along with their names.  This is actually kind of a hard thing to answer. My list would be George RRM (Ice and Fire series), Jonathan Stroud (Bartimaeus Trilogy),  J.K. Rowling (HP series), and Haruki Murakami might make that list soon.  
 
Here's a side-question though: Is the Wheel of Time a series worth beginning/reading through? Or is there any other long ass series that's better?

#2 Posted by Animasta (14820 posts) -

stephen king!

isaac asimov and douglas adams too, R.I.P. :(

#3 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6497 posts) -

These threads always remind me that I don't read nearly as much as I should.

#4 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5098 posts) -

I like Stephen King a lot.

#5 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1516 posts) -

I dont read alot, nothing new, but i like Alexander Dumas, Orwell, and H.G. Wells. I want to start the Ice and Fire series though.

#6 Posted by Mmmslash (2189 posts) -

Douglas Adams

Terry Pratchett

Dean Koontz

If you couldn't guess, I need some comedy in my novels.

#7 Posted by TheKramer89 (443 posts) -

Kurt Vonnegut

#8 Posted by Swoxx (3016 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

I like Stephen King a lot.

Agreed. He's really good.

I like Dan Brown a lot as well.

#9 Edited by DarknessMyOldFriend (281 posts) -

Neal Stephenson

Peter F. Hamilton

Robin Hobb

As far as people that are still writing now, at least. So, that's leaving off the good old standbys of Clarke, Asimov, Andre Norton, Bradbury, etc etc. There's other people who's works I enjoy such as Vinge, Ian M. Banks, etc, but those are the big 3 favorites of mine easily.

#10 Posted by AlexW00d (6742 posts) -

Douglas Adams for sure.

#11 Posted by DarknessMyOldFriend (281 posts) -

@H2Oyea said:

Is the Wheel of Time a series worth beginning/reading through? Or is there any other long ass series that's better?

Farseer trillogy and it's followup Tawney Man trillogy. Robin Hobb. Read it.

#12 Posted by Deeveeus (486 posts) -

Ken Follett, mostly for Pillars of the Earth...although Jackdaws, Hornet Flight and World Without end are pretty damn awesome too

#13 Posted by amomjc (978 posts) -

Brent Weeks and R.A. Salvatore. Haven't really came to liking many other authors except a couple of novels from certain franchises. Oh, and Christie Golden and Richard Knaak.

#14 Posted by BoG (5388 posts) -

Dostoevsky. I really love his work. I think I've read him more than any other author.

#15 Posted by Ben99 (1199 posts) -

John Grisham and Paulo Coelho . I love their books .

John Grisham's detailed and vivid description of characters and environments is appealing for me personally . He would describe a scenario so much it makes you live it somehow . I read his only non-fiction The Innocent Man twice . It's a beautiful story of a painful journey for the main character .

Paulo Coelho has some interesting insights and depth in his narratives . The Alchemist's been read like 3 times already and I discovered more about females sexuality in his Eleven Minutes that describes the life of an immigrant Brazilian prostitute .

#16 Posted by Evikull (61 posts) -

Mostly Terry Pratchett (Discworld), Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers) and Jonathan Stroud (Bartimaeus). Love those books.

Also quite fond of Garth Nix, Christopher Paolini and Philip Pullman.

Basically, fantasy fiction is always good.

#17 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2522 posts) -

HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe.

R.A. Salvatore. Emily Dickinson.

I know I have more than that but I can't remember them and most of those authors don't have a series tied to them.

#18 Posted by Gabriel (4129 posts) -

@H2Oyea said:

The other thread about this was really old and really dead. You should list your favourite book or series of theirs along with their names. This is actually kind of a hard thing to answer. My list would be George RRM (Ice and Fire series), Jonathan Stroud (Bartimaeus Trilogy), J.K. Rowling (HP series), and Haruki Murakami might make that list soon. Here's a side-question though: Is the Wheel of Time a series worth beginning/reading through? Or is there any other long ass series that's better?

I remember reading those Bartimaeus books years ago, did he ever write sequels outside the trilogy?

#19 Posted by Aegon (6653 posts) -
@Gabriel: Yeah, one book called "Solomon's Ring". I'm not sure if it's the start of a new series, but I doubt I'll ever read it. 
#20 Posted by phrosnite (3509 posts) -

Dan Abnett... yeap that's it.

#21 Posted by spartan1017 (243 posts) -

Eric Nylund

#22 Posted by Adamsons (877 posts) -

Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman..
 
Will remember to update this.

#23 Edited by SlightConfuse (3995 posts) -

@H2Oyea said:

Here's a side-question though: Is the Wheel of Time a series worth beginning/reading through? Or is there any other long ass series that's better?

Robert jordan is awesome, im on book 11 of the wheel of time and it is great. thought books 7-10 are really slow paced but the first 5 books are great fiction.

Dan brown, brad metlzer, steven king, john scalzi, jim butcher

#24 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

@H2Oyea said:

Here's a side-question though: Is the Wheel of Time a series worth beginning/reading through?

YES!

And some of my favorite authors: Neal Stephenson, Gene Wolfe, Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Larry Correia, China Mieville, and Stieg Larsson (gone much too soon).

#25 Posted by Buscemi (1125 posts) -

I'm appalled that no one has mentioned Cormac McCarthy yet.

#26 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

Melanie Rawn
Julie Burchill
Stieg Larsson

#27 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6652 posts) -

Douglas Adams, H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, and Dr. Seuss.
 
There's a wocket in my pocket mother fucker.

#28 Posted by redbliss (669 posts) -

Ray Bradbury

#29 Posted by Dtat (1708 posts) -

I really enjoy Jon Ronson's books. The Pyscopath test was awesome. Not a fiction writer, but still.

#30 Posted by pixieface (122 posts) -

Cormac McCarthy. I look up to him. I think I've read The Road about four times now and I also own it on audio book.

"Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other's world entire."

#31 Posted by wickedsc3 (1043 posts) -

Stephen King - Currently reading "Full Dark No Stars". I don't think I could pick a favorite he has so many great books. But the one that hooked me was when I read Pet Sematary as a kid.

#32 Posted by craigymail (229 posts) -

I mostly like reading (Auto)Biographies. I throughly enjoy wrestlers books like Batista, Shawn Michaels and Goldust. My favourite ones were Chris Jericho and & Ozzy Osbourne. Never been one for fiction.

#33 Posted by Breadfan (6803 posts) -

Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut

#34 Posted by Fear_the_Booboo (713 posts) -

My favorite is, by far, Milan Kundera. I've read everything he has done, some more than once.

I read lot of stuff. I also like Jack Kerouac, Marcel Proust, Stendhal, Tolstoï and lot of others.

I'm reading Kafka's novels right now, and it's pretty good.

#35 Edited by Thule (721 posts) -

My current favorite authors are Joe Abercrombie, Jim Butcher and Alistair Reynolds.

Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy(The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and The Last Argument of Kings), Best Served Cold and The Heroes are some of the most refreshing fantasy novels I've read in a long time. He writes really gritty and violent fantasy in the same vein as George RR Martin, but his books are generally better paced in my opinion. Definitely check him out if you're interested in modern, dark fantasy in a low-magic world.(Although it's not completely without magic or other weird stuff)

Jim Butcher is really a man who needs no introduction. He's mostly know for his Dresden Files books, which are like a noir detective novel, except the protagonist is a wizard. The books are great, very much like an action movie. The supporting characters are all pretty cool and range across all different archtypes. Definitely check these books out if you're interested in urban fantasy and a ton of supernatural combat and politics. He's also written the Codex Alera series, which is supposedly also very good, though I haven't read it yet.

Alistair Reynolds mostly writes very noir Sci-fi. They're very engaging books that you'll be unable to put down. If you're interested I suggest you start reading either Revelation Space(The first book in the Revelation Space series) or with House of Suns(A book about a woman who "shatters" herself into a thousand clones, who travel the galaxy exchanging knowledge with various cultures)

#36 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1268 posts) -

Michael Crichton

#37 Posted by ConstantRyan (65 posts) -

I'm a huge fan of Albert Camus, I love his novels and essays. Besides him I'd probably say George Orwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Joseph Conrad (just because Heart of Darkness is incredible).

#38 Posted by Aegon (6653 posts) -
@Thule: I've actually gone through some of "The Blade Itself". Also, do the Dresden files have any mystery or thriller type stuff going on? I don't think I've read any books in that genre other than a couple of Dan Brown books. 
#39 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Anybody who has answered Dan Brown is clearly illiterate. Insult them all you wish, because they can't read. But on topic: that's a hard question to answer, mainly because I can't think of any one specific author. Shakespeare's more of a playwright, so I can't count him. Whoever wrote Invisible Man is good, as is George Orwell and his politicized works.

#40 Posted by beckley205 (341 posts) -

Robert Ludlum, Karen Travis, John Grisham, J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Paolini, D.J. Machale, Micheal Crichton. I tried to read the wheel of time and couldn't get into it. REALLY LONG AND BORING. Ill stick with LotR

#41 Posted by GDGD (20 posts) -

Douglas Coupland

#42 Posted by nintendoeats (6138 posts) -

*Pops head in* have you all read 1984 yet? No? Well then screwyouguys,I'mgoinghome *leaves*

#43 Edited by JusticeJanitor (293 posts) -

I'm not much of a reader but my current favorite authors are George R R Martin and Douglas Adams which require no introduction. Maaaaybe Jon Lang, a french guy that writes a comedy/fantasy series that was originality an audio series called "Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk" . His audio stuff is a hell of a lot better than his written stuff but it's still hilarious.

#44 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5098 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

*Pops head in* have you all read 1984 yet? No? Well then screwyouguys,I'mgoinghome *leaves*

That book is old!!!

#45 Posted by Rudyftw (555 posts) -

Stephan King

Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)

#46 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3295 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Anybody who has answered Dan Brown is clearly illiterate. Insult them all you wish, because they can't read. But on topic: that's a hard question to answer, mainly because I can't think of any one specific author. Shakespeare's more of a playwright, so I can't count him. Whoever wrote Invisible Man is good, as is George Orwell and his politicized works.

There are books on the moon?

#47 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -
@ShadowConqueror
 
Surprisingly, yes. They're not very big, especially since they're inherently inferior to video games (so many layers of meaning and storytelling are lost in the transition), but there are a few here. Then again, I did name Earthly authors exclusively...
#48 Posted by Toxin066 (3383 posts) -

Chuck Palahniuk, George RR Martin, and Patrick Rothfuss are my current favs.

#49 Posted by CounterShock (436 posts) -

Philip K. Dick

#50 Posted by daftdethmonkey (46 posts) -

China Mieville, if you haven't read his stuff it's mostly dark fantasy/steampunk/horror but with a sort of political angle to it.