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Posted: 11 June 2006 08:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Okay, a couple I really love:

Elmore Leanord (Get Shorty,  Jackie Brown, Be Cool, and a milliion others)

He writes about small-time crooks and con-men and low-lifes.


Martin Cruz Smith   (Gorky Park)  His recurring character is Arkady Renko, a Moscow homicide inspector, his research into the daily routine life in Moscow is fascinating.  Arkady, who has travelled to New York, etc:  “Only in Russia would one find used light-bulbs for sale.”

Also, a great book of his set in 19th-Century coal-mining England:  ‘Rose’  more great background on life of a coal-miner at that time


Dan the Great Critical Reader and Frustrated English Lit Major

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Posted: 11 June 2006 08:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Anthony Burgess, Albert Camus, Leonard Cohen, William S. Burroughs.

All equally fantastic.

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Posted: 11 June 2006 09:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Jared Diamone, Stepehn King, Diana Gabaladon, Robert Jordan, Wilkie Collins.  And anything else that’s good.  I read all the time

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Posted: 11 June 2006 11:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Dan Brown and Bill Amend.

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Posted: 12 June 2006 01:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Favourite author is about as hard to pick as favourite book.  Although I am a fan of Terry Pratchett (Discworld series), Lindsay Davis (Falco mysteries), Kerry Greenwood (Phryne Fisher mysteries and Delphic Women series), Anne Bishop (Black Jewels trilogy and Tir Alainn trilogy), Garth Nix (Old Kingdom series) and Kate Elliot (Crown of Stars series) to name a few.

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Posted: 12 June 2006 02:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hmmm. . .there’s this guy named Steve Alten, who wrote a book about Loch Ness. . .I’m sure it’s really popular among all the Scots here.

As for my favourite author, I don’t really have a “favourite”.  It all depends on what I feel like reading at the time.  If you want to go by authors that I have the most books by, then that would include James White, Ellis Peters, Bernard Cornwell, Alan Dean Foster, C. S. Forester, Alistair MacLean, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Ren

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Posted: 12 June 2006 03:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Accipiter - 12 June 2006 06:02 AM

Hmmm. . .there’s this guy named Steve Alten, who wrote a book about Loch Ness. . .I’m sure it’s really popular among all the Scots here.

As for my favourite author, I don’t really have a “favourite”.  It all depends on what I feel like reading at the time.  If you want to go by authors that I have the most books by, then that would include James White, Ellis Peters, Bernard Cornwell, Alan Dean Foster, C. S. Forester, Alistair MacLean, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Ren

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Posted: 12 June 2006 03:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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E. E. Doc Smith is good fun indeed, but it’s nearly impossible to find most of his books any more.  I’ll have to smuggle a digital scanner into the Library of Congress one of these days, I think.

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Posted: 12 June 2006 05:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Agatha Christie
Tom Holt
Terry Pratchett
Ray Bradbury
Peter Mayle
Ruth Rendall
Robin Hobb
Douglas Adams
Poppy Z. Brite

And countless others.

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Posted: 12 June 2006 05:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Accipiter - 12 June 2006 07:17 AM

E. E. Doc Smith is good fun indeed, but it’s nearly impossible to find most of his books any more.  I’ll have to smuggle a digital scanner into the Library of Congress one of these days, I think.

Try ABEBooks, they have every ‘Doc’ Smith book going, most for a couple of $s.

Mind you, now that I’ve posted that fact, hoards of MoH lurkers will descend like locusts upon the site and snap up every book going… I wonder if I can get commission?

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Posted: 12 June 2006 06:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I really adore:
Milan Kundera
Henrich Hesse
G.G.Markes
D.G.Lawrence

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Posted: 12 June 2006 07:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Accipiter - 12 June 2006 06:02 AM

Hmmm. . .there’s this guy named Steve Alten, who wrote a book about Loch Ness. . .I’m sure it’s really popular among all the Scots here.

As for my favourite author, I don’t really have a “favourite”.  It all depends on what I feel like reading at the time.  If you want to go by authors that I have the most books by, then that would include James White, Ellis Peters, Bernard Cornwell, Alan Dean Foster, C. S. Forester, Alistair MacLean, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Ren

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