Your Favorite Writer and/or Author and Why?

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  1. Iwishiwasajedi Jedi Master

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    So who is yours? I have more then one:

    J.R.R. Tolkien(The lord of the rings, The Hobbit)
    John Steinbeck(Grapes of Wrath, of Mice and Men)
    Jack London(Call of the Wild, White Fang)
    S.E. Hinton(the Outsiders, Rumble Fish)
    Harper Lee(To Kill a Mockingbird)



    Yeah, Dickens is one of my favorites too :)
  2. TremontiFan23 Force Ghost

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  3. Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus

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    Shamelessly plugging my own Dean Koontz thread. :D

    He's not my all time favorite, but I really like his stuff.

    Stephen King is another favorite of mine.
  4. Arfour_Peeseventeen Jedi Master

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    Can't choose just one ;) :


    George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm)
    Ray Bradenbury (Farhrenheit 451)
    Plato



  5. Amidala_wannabe Jedi Master

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    Amelia Atwater-Rhodes *writer of "In The Forests Of The Night", "Demon In My View", and "Shattered Mirror"* She writes with such passion and almost knowledge its almost spooky. Her characters come alive, and you feel as if you know them. and She's only 18.

    Shaden *^_^*
  6. Spiderdevil Jedi Master

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    For light, escapist reading, I need look no further than Christopher Golden. He writes in the horror/fantasy genre, and his Shadow Saga is one of my favorite series of books. Strangewood is also one of his high points.

    I'm becoming a big fan of Neil Gaiman. I'm currently reading his most recent novel, American Gods, and it's quite good.

    I guess my other favorite is Michael Chrichton. I've read Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain more times than I can remember.

    Granted, none of those authors are in the realm of "classical" literature, but when I'm looking for a good story I know they won't disappoint.
  7. Cow_Girl Chapter Rep Niagara ON, CA

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    Jane Austen- I apprechite her work before she was a woman before her time, she lived in a age where woman were to be seen, not heard, and despite that, she managed to write books that feature strong willed young woman that were not afraid to go after what they want, or to turn down a guy's proposal of marriage, which was usually unheard of in that time.
  8. Ender Jedi Grand Master

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    Here's a few of my favorites:

    Robert A. Heinlein
    Arthur C. Clarke
    John Steinbeck
    Mark Twain
    George R.R. Martin
    Carl Sagan (excellent science writer)

    A few more will probably pop into my head once I hit the post button.
  9. Radiohead Jedi Master

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    A short list of my fiction favorite authors:

    F. Scott Fitgerald
    Ernest Hemingway
    Elie Wiesel
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Mark Twain
    O. Henry
    Joseph Heller
  10. Porkins in a Speedo Jedi Grand Master

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    some of my favorite authors:

    W.P. Kinsella
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Timothy Zahn
    Loren D. Estleman
    Elmer Kelton
    Matt Braun

    i'm sure there's a few i'm forgetting.

    EDIT: i'll explain why i love these authors at another time. right now i'm falling asleep.
  11. Radiohead Jedi Master

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    A short list of my fiction favorite authors:

    Eh... that should be "A short list of my favorite fiction authors"...
  12. DarthNut Jedi Grand Master

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    Tom Clancy
    Arthur C. Clarke

    DarthNut,
    the nuttiest guy around.
    Go Nets Go!
  13. Obi-Zahn Kenobi Chosen One

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    Arthur C. Clarke
    Jules Verne
    Timothy Zahn
    George Lucas( :D )
    Enoch
    John
  14. RussianCliche Jedi Master

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    avi
    orson scott card
    diana wynne jones
    roald dahl
    michael stackpole
    margaret weis & tracy hickman
    charlotte bronte
    ilpha and petrov(russian authors with the funniest books)
    eoin colfer
    philip pullman
    and many, many others.
  15. Emperor-Palpatine Jedi Youngling

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    Frank Herbert
    W.E.B. Griffin
    Tom Clancy
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Robert Jordan
    George Orwell

    I'm probably forgetting a few. Oh well.
  16. ismaren Jedi Knight

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    Tom Clancy
    Terry Brooks, but I haven't read TPM
    Timothy Zahn
    Frank Herbert
    Tolkien
    Douglass Adams
    and others that I'm just not thinking of right now

    EDIT: BRADBURY!!! Knew I was forgetting one. Ray Bradbury
  17. Rilina Jedi Knight

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    It would be impossible to pick one favorite, but here are some of them (in no particular order):

    Jane Austen
    William Shakespeare
    Salman Rushdie
    Virginia Woolf
    A. S. Byatt
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    Lloyd Alexander
    Susan Cooper
  18. Mrs_Kitty Jedi Grand Master

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  19. KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus

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    I don't really have a favorite author, unfortunately. I don't read many books (and certainly not the books by the authors listed here, for the most part). I wish I did. My attention span makes it difficult, however. Lots of good names on the list here, though :).
  20. Tod Jedi Master

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    Well I have to say J.R.R. Tolkien is my favourite author just for the impact he has had for my life. I have read LOTR well over hundred times (and that's true) but I still think Silmarillion is his finest work.
  21. SCOTSSITHLORD Jedi Knight

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    When I'm in serious mode my favourite writers are Orwell and Steinbeck, both great storytellers and both possessed of a social conscience.
    For fun I read horror novels, plenty to choose from but not all that many good ones. My favourites are King, who is consistently good, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, whose books are very surreal and disturbing, and Clive Barker's earlier stuff like Weaveworld and The Great and secret show, which combine horror and fantasy.
  22. Radiohead Jedi Master

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    Good call, SCOTSSITHLORD. I forgot to mention Steinbeck and Orwell on my list.
  23. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Matthew Woodring Stover. Because he writes good books and he's a cool guy.
    God. He must do something write, because his books are sold and stolen more than any others. (Don't be offended, this was an attempt at levity, not representative of the views of any TFN posters)
    George R.R. Martin. 3,000 pages of book so far and not a wasted word yet.
    Robin Hobb. An AMAZING writer, it's too bad her characters are such dunces.
  24. Moeskywalker64 Jedi Master

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    Many of mine have already been mentioned, but:
    J.D.Salinger
    Albert Camus
  25. AgentCoop Jedi Master

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    I have far too many favorites to mention AND explain, and I don't just want to make a list so I'll settle on one of my less famous favorites.

    I've been a huge fan of P.G. Wodehouse for years now. I first got into his books by way of the Jeeves And Wooster adaptations on "Masterpiece Theatre". After seeing these wonderful programs I eagerly sought out the books they were based on and found to my delight that Wodehouse published dozens of books in his lifetime. Many of them are Jeeves novels and I love them all. Wodehouse writes some of the funniest stories you'll ever read, mostly lampooning the British upper-class in the early part of the 20th Century. All of his books feature delightfully funny, lovable characters but none so much as the Jeeves novels and stories. Wodehouse crafts intricately ridiculous plots and drops his wonderfully silly characters into them, letting the reader take great pleasure in watching them try to find their way out. The resulting farce is some of the most readable, witty, wonderful writing you'll ever want to read. I highly recommend P.G. Wodehouse to anyone with a sense of humor.
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