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Your Favorite Writer and/or Author and Why?

Discussion in 'Archive: The Amphitheatre' started by Iwishiwasajedi, Jun 10, 2002.

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  1. Iwishiwasajedi

    Iwishiwasajedi Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 24, 2002
    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. FiveHorizons

    FiveHorizons Jedi Master star 3

    Mar 19, 2002
  3. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jan 19, 2002
    Shamelessly plugging my own [link=]Dean Koontz thread[/link]. :D

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

    Stephen King is another favorite of mine.
  4. Arfour_Peeseventeen

    Arfour_Peeseventeen Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 2, 2002
    Can't choose just one ;) :

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

  5. Amidala_wannabe

    Amidala_wannabe Jedi Master star 4

    Aug 18, 2001

    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

    Spiderdevil Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 20, 2000
    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

    Cow_Girl Jedi Master star 5

    Jun 15, 2001
    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

    Ender Jedi Knight star 6

    Aug 12, 1998
    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

    Radiohead Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 31, 2002
    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

    Porkins in a Speedo Jedi Knight star 5

    May 6, 1999
    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

    Radiohead Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 31, 2002
    A short list of my fiction favorite authors:

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

    DarthNut Jedi Knight star 6

    Aug 1, 1999
    Tom Clancy
    Arthur C. Clarke

    the nuttiest guy around.
    Go Nets Go!
  13. Obi-Zahn Kenobi

    Obi-Zahn Kenobi Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Aug 23, 1999
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Jules Verne
    Timothy Zahn
    George Lucas( :D )
  14. RussianCliche

    RussianCliche Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 13, 2002
    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

    Emperor-Palpatine Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jun 9, 2001
    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

    ismaren Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jun 4, 2002
    Tom Clancy
    Terry Brooks, but I haven't read TPM
    Timothy Zahn
    Frank Herbert
    Douglass Adams
    and others that I'm just not thinking of right now

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

    Rilina Jedi Youngling star 3

    Aug 23, 2000
    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

    Mrs_Kitty Jedi Knight star 5

    May 23, 2002
    I like Stephen King.
  19. KnightWriter

    KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Nov 6, 2001
    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

    Tod Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 29, 1999
    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.

    SCOTSSITHLORD Jedi Master star 2

    May 19, 2002
    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

    Radiohead Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 31, 2002
    Good call, SCOTSSITHLORD. I forgot to mention Steinbeck and Orwell on my list.
  23. Mastadge

    Mastadge Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 4, 1999
    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

    Moeskywalker64 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Feb 13, 2002
    Many of mine have already been mentioned, but:
    Albert Camus
  25. AgentCoop

    AgentCoop Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 16, 2002
    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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