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 Monday, June 14 2010 @ 12:47 AM UTC  
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Ooh, books! I've already noted several authors that I'll have to try on your recommendations.

As for me, I'll have to copy all of the Neil Gaiman/Neil Stephenson/Douglas Adams/JRR Tolkien people. They're all wonderful authors.

I've also recently developed an obsession with good ol' Edger Poe. I have his short stories sitting on by bedside table right now. I'm loving his sense of humor.

Oh, and the Bronte sisters. I've read Jane Eyre three times and it has never come off as the same book. How did she do that?


 
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 Monday, June 14 2010 @ 04:52 AM UTC  


John Ringo

Jim Butcher

Simon R. Green


 
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 Monday, June 14 2010 @ 09:53 AM UTC  
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Keeping an old thread rolling!
In Sci-fi / Fantasy type stuff, of course there's the obligatory list:
Terry Pratchett, of course - Thief of Time being my favourite Discworld book, but going back many years, the Bromeliad trilogy were an early influence for me.
Douglas Adams - I live in sympathy for Arthur Dent.
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere, Sandman and American Gods. And also Good Omens.
Iain M Banks - Feersum Endjinn and Player of Games.
but I'd also add
Michael Moorcock - Jerry Cornelius is a semi-legendary character.
Tom Holt - Who's Afraid of Beowulf and Expecting Someone Taller.

Fiction, off the sci-fi/fantasy radar:
Iain Banks - Complicity, Whit and The Business.
Christopher Brookmyre - Boiling a Frog and All Fun And Games.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr - Too many to list. Timequake, Slaughterhouse 5, etc etc, all genius.

Very much non-fiction:
Dr Kate Fox - Watching the English.
Bill Bryson - Mother Tongue, Made in America, and Troublesome Words.
Guy Browning - Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade.
Josie Dew - Travels in a Strange State.


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 Monday, June 14 2010 @ 11:57 AM UTC  
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uh, tough choice...I guess my favorite would be Lothar-GŁnther Buchheim, but I'd add to this list also H.Balzac, F.M.Dostoyevsky, E.A. Poe, N. Mailer, A.Huxley, J.Joyce, Stendhal, Pushkin, I.Asimov and Karl May...there are prolly couple more that should end up on this list, but can't remember them at the moment.


And now for something completely different...
 
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 Wednesday, August 18 2010 @ 11:11 AM UTC  
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Neil Gaiman, especially Neverwhere
Terry Pratchett, especially Hogfather
Orson Scott Card, especially Ender's Game, Pastwatch, and Ultimate Iron Man
Michael Ende, whom if you don't already know, be ashamed.
Geoff Johns, especially The Flash and Green Lantern
Jeff Smith, especially for Bone
Mark Waid, especially Fantastic Four
Bill Willingham, especially Fables
Robin Hobb, especially The Farseer
Max Brooks, especially World War Z
Jim Butcher, especially The Dresden Files
J.R.R. Tolkien
Dr. Seuss
Michael Crichton, especially Eaters of the Dead
Frank Peretti, especially The Wounded Spirit
Mark Salzman
Andy Raskin, especially The Ramen King & I
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.


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Miss Hellebore
 Wednesday, August 18 2010 @ 01:46 PM UTC  
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Let me see...

Neil Gaiman - American Gods, Mr Punch
China Miťville
Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games trilogy (okay, the last isn't out yet, but quite excellent thus far)
Norton Juster - The Phantom Tollbooth is my favorite book of all times
Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan... oh hell, anything he writes
Christopher Moore
Arundhati Roy
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

And (because I'm a giant nerd), comic writers:
Brian Wood, Fred Chao, Mike Carey, Matt Sturges, Cecil Castelucci, David Mazzucchelli, Shaun Tan, Jonathan Hickman


 
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 Friday, August 20 2010 @ 12:39 AM UTC  
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Wow. I, uh... Feel out-read both in terms of quantity and sophistication... I don't read a lot, and when I do, I admit it's usually something tying into a Video Game or, believe it or not, Tabletop Game >_>

Things like "Mass Effect: Revelation" and "Mass Effect: Ascension" by Drew Karpyshyn. Yeeeeaaah...

My favourite author right now is a little man named "Alex Stewert", or, more accurately, his pseudonym "Sandy Mitchell", for one highly entertaining and (In my opinion) hilarious series. The series in question being the Warhammer 40K tie-in of "Commissar Caiphas Cain: HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!" One book in particular, the fourth, "Death or Glory, proved particularly enjoyable. Something about the mental images of a ragtag band of several hundred humans tromping across a desert in a mishmash convoy of Imperial Guard Chimeras and stolen Orkish "Trukks" and "Buggies" came across as quite a bit of fun.

I've read Tolkien, some George R.R Martin, some Robert Jordan, some Pratchett, all that. Maybe it's the loose screws in my head, but they all failed to compete with the Commissar. Maybe it's the fact their novels didn't involve my Tabletop Army of choice? Who knows.


 
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 Friday, August 20 2010 @ 03:58 AM UTC  
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Weell Merc, I'd say your feelings are unfounded. I've worked in various bookstores for fourteen years now, and I have to say some of the most popular books I've ever seen are the 40K novels. Especially Dan Abnett's stuff.

And Miss Hellbore, with a reading list like that, you DO know I'm now going to be watching your in-game grammar like a hawk, don't you?

'cos now I HAVE to know. Mr. Green


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 Friday, August 20 2010 @ 08:44 AM UTC  
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some of the most popular books I've ever seen are the 40K novels. Especially Dan Abnett's stuff.



Abnett's kind of funny in a way. Amongst the group of gamers I know, at least, he seems to always be placed at an extreme: The people who like his work *love* 'em, and the people who don't, well... Really *don't*. Think I belong in the first camp, myself, since I found the Malus Darkblade stuff he wrote to be quite good. Sometimes for the wrong reasons, admittedly, given my sense of humour being as twisted as it is. Why I find the mans particular brand of sadism so hilarious might be something I should be talking to a professional of some sort about =P


 
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 Friday, August 20 2010 @ 05:07 PM UTC  
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And Miss Hellbore, with a reading list like that, you DO know I'm now going to be watching your in-game grammar like a hawk, don't you?



Brin git on.


 
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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 03:45 AM UTC  
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I dunno if anyone has said this yet, but... Steven Erikson, author of the Malazan Books of the Fallen. They're wonderfully and wildly complex- even more so than the Wheel of Time, or.. Well, any other series I've ever seen. Also, they're really dark, but there's a certain gallows type of dark humor that never fails to make me smile. And, I mean, there's magic and stuff. But the Magic system (or whatever you wanna call it) is also magnificently complex. And his ideas on Gods and where their powers come from, it's just.. Interesting, and new (to me). All I can say is that everyone here should almost definitely read them... Unless you're kinda squeamish. They aren't really very pleasant. They follow the stories (mostly) of thieves, soldiers, assassins and kings. But if you like rich worlds, and complex, well-thought out stories, go and read them. Mainly, because I love talking about them, but noone I know has actually read them. And I'm getting lonely. Or something.


 
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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 06:58 AM UTC  


I'll throw down two authors' names I haven't seen mentioned in my skimming of the comments ("some reader" you may say, "can't trust his recommendations").

Hemingway. Of the Ernest variety.
Gene Wolfe.

I appreciate the spare, nearly sparse, styles of both writers. So I was looking for "Cormack McCarthy" when I spied his name above somewhere.


 
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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 07:36 AM UTC  
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I approve of everyone here, for reading at all! It does make me very happy.

Oh, and can I add Weis and Hickman - Death Gate Cycle.
Or any of their stuff, for that matter. I'll even read their Warhammer tie-ins with a smile on my face.


 
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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 07:42 AM UTC  
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Weis and Hickman wrote Warhammer stuff? Eek!


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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 08:13 AM UTC  
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some of the most popular books I've ever seen are the 40K novels. Especially Dan Abnett's stuff.



Abnett's kind of funny in a way... since I found the Malus Darkblade stuff he wrote to be quite good.



Ah, well... This is embarrassing. Stumbled across a copy of aforementioned series, and Abnett *didn't* write Malus. That was Mike Lee, in actuality.

I apologize for not keeping lying to the Wiki. Please don't sue.


 
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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 12:16 PM UTC  
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oh wow...

authors that i've enjoyed learning the most from, for whatever reason, would probably be:

his dark materials trilogy by phillip pullman, thursday next series by jasper fforde, uhm most anything i've read so far by foucault, the terrible girls by rebecca brown.

those are the first that come to mind.


 
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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 12:57 PM UTC  
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Let me see...

Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games trilogy (okay, the last isn't out yet, but quite excellent thus far)



Third book comin' out on Tuesday. And *looks around carefully for evidence of Strict On Sale legal department*

it's pretty good
Mr. Green

I mean, not that I know. I didn't sneak into the receiving room of my store and snag the book when nobody was looking. Who would do something like that.


 
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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 03:16 PM UTC  
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Ah, but at least it wasn't a new Harry Potter. Back then, they'd repossess your hands for that.

(I work in a bookstore too! Mr. Green )


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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 04:20 PM UTC  
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Virtually everyone listed above, plus:
Stephen R. Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

CAUTION - Do not read if you are prone to depression! ('cause if you aren't, you will be)

I must shamefacedly admit that I did not know there was a third series in progress until just now.


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 Saturday, August 21 2010 @ 04:32 PM UTC  
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Hah! I did not know he was doing another!!! Thank you!


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