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The Great Ones

Ciryaher

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Who is your favorite author in particular genres?

My picks are:

J.R.R. Tolkien - Fantasy
Louis L'Amour - Westerns/Adventure
Issac Asimov - Science Fiction
Tom Clancy - Action/Suspense

Feel free to add categories that have been left out and authors that YOU think are great.
 

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Umm....

Tolkien-Fantasy. There are others, but of course he's my fave
Asimov-Scifi
Agatha Christie-Mystery
Tennyson-Poetry
Bill Waterson/Calvin and Hobbes-Comics

Don't read westerns or thrillers
 

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As for the greatest authors, I wouldn't know because I haven't read all the authors listed. I think that J.R.R. Tolkien is the greatest author in his area, but I don't know about the others.
 
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Goodness..that's a tough one.

Of course I have an abiding adoration for all things Tolkien, but Plato's "Republic" is a fantastic read as well. I really like Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle when they work together, and Thomas Jefferson wrote some amazing works as well. Louis L'Amour's Non-Western works, like "The Beyonding" is wonderfully entertaining...But I would have to say that my all time favorite author would probably be John Steinbeck.
 

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Sci-fi -Douglas Adams, funny but fantastic ideas also (ie. babel fish, pangalactic gargleblasters, staying dead for a year for tax reasons etc.)

Political allegory (wow, popular topic,hmmmm?) -George Orwell

Plays -Oscar Wilde (hilarious with very perseptive views on society then and now ie. "Never make fun of society Algenon, only people who can't get into it do that")

Poems -Keats, especially Ode to a Nightingale

Er can't think of any other topics right now. Witty romantic Satires -Jane Austen?
 

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Fantasy: Take a good guess...
Bizarre: Geore Orwell
Uhh...I don't remember half the things I've read...hmm...I like'd Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. When I think of more, I'll add onto this post...
 

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen...lend me your ears!

I also like Shakespeare, for playwright (It doesn't get much better than Julius Caesar)

As far as history goes, I tried reading the Annals of Tacitus, but that dude is WAY too boring. Caesar and Christ (forgot the guy who wrote it, but it's in a series) was really interesting.

I've only read one thing by Steinbeck (The Pearl) and it was not so appealing to me.
 

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J. R. R. Tolkien
Charles Dickens
Mark Twain
Tom Clancy
Frank Hebert
Anne McCaffrey
Tom Clancy
Robert Ludlum
Shibumi
Anne Rice
Stephen King
on and on and on
 

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Fantasy-- Tolkien [the Lord of the Rings]
Suspense/Thriller-- Remes [Ruttokellot]
Poetry-- Poe, Tolkien [The Raven; Bath Song, Ode to Gandalf, etc.]
Comedy-- Adams [The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series]
Plays-- Shakespeare [Hamlet]
War/Action-- Clancy [Rainbow Six]
Comics-- Watterson [Calvin and Hobbes] You just have to love them!

Those are only my favorites, I like many authors.
 

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Sci-Fi: Frank Herbert

I like Stephen King, Conan-Doyle, Ludlum but I can't take any stance on them because I haven't read enough from their "competition".
 
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Euclid
Goscinny & Uderzo
TOLKEIN
Isabelle Allende
Vincent Cronin (historian)

but there are so many genres...
 

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Frank Herbert...I read Dune, and then started going through the series, but it go so incredibly boring and repetitive that I just gave up.

Issac Asimov is soooooooo much better than Herbert. I suggest anyone interested read the first two books in the Foundation series: 'Prelude to Foundation' and 'Forward the Foundation.' Plenty of excitement, and lots of emotion (the second book is very sad)
 

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Dune is a good series, however Wheel of Time is horrible. I gave up on it on the third book, I mean really they kill the "dark lord" type guy and then "oh, it really isn't the real dark lord". For god sakes, and later in the series the white tower gets copied by a black(dark maybe, I didn't get that far) tower.

Robert Jordan is horrible.
Now Tolkien, he knew what he was doing =)


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Comedy Fantasy - Terry Pratchett (I presume no one on this thread has heard of him - maybe he's not made it in the US but on this side of the pond he is hugely popular)
Thriller - Thomas Harris
Horror - James Herbert

I am afraid I am a bit of a Philistine when it comes to literature, hence the above list! (Tolkien excepted of course)
 

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Tolkien - science fiction
Jane Austin- classic author
Ray Bradbury- short stories, and he is one of the only American authors that I can tolerate.
 

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Winnie-the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner are the best anti-stress books I've come across so far.
 

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