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Favorite author/authors

Discussion in 'Booktalk' started by Kovalis Darkfire, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. iLLusioN' Gems: 16/31
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    Jul 3, 2003
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    lol stephen king rocks too, i remember when i read The Stand i jumped every time someone coughed or sneezed.
  2. Darhken Rahl Gems: 3/31
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    Nov 17, 2003
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    R.A. Salvatore, JRR Tolkein, Terry Goodkind, Melanie Rawn, Margeret Weis,and Tracy Hickman
  3. En Gems: 1/31
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    Nov 20, 2003
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    Greatest authors?

    Mmmm... off the top of my head, it would be (in ascending order) Stephen Donaldson, followed by Anne Rice, and finally Charles Dickens.

    Donaldson's is basically xxx (as in hard-core, not sex) and really dark. He makes absolutely hate his main characters, and everything always appears dismal and hopeless.

    Anne Rice actually reminds me of Dickens in certain ways. She's powerful, realistic (in personality) and incredibly expressive, obviously with brilliant story-lines.

    Dickens already has a lot gng for him just by being a 19th century author: the general style of writing was formal, which makes every word all the more expressive, because when the characters lose control, it is described so objectively and yet powerfully that you're completely absorbed and end up liking the character no matter how pathetic they are.
  4. Grandalf the Green Sorcerer Gems: 5/31
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    Weis & Hickman's cooperation.. Nearly all of them rock my world! :)

    R. A. Salvatore, You rock :D

    Eddings is also very very good

    and ofcourse, Tolkien, the must for Fantasy authors :D

    For scifi, I'd say Timonthy Zahn for his excellent Star Wars -trilogy
  5. Arabwel

    Arabwel Screaming towards Apotheosis Veteran

    Oct 2, 2001
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    When it's Star Wars we're talkibng about, Zahn is good but Stackpole is better. (He's got the best quality AND quantity... eight books for the Extended Universe, mmore than anyone else...)

    Yep, when it comes to shared-world fiction, Stackpole is the man.
  6. Abomination Gems: 26/31
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    Salvatore, Terry Pratchett, Ed Greenwood and Troy Denning.
  7. Silverwolf86 Gems: 6/31
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    R.A. Salvatore
    J.K. Rowling
    Meg Cabot
    C.S. Lewis
    David Eddings
    William Shakespeare
    Jane Austen

    Okay I admit, I'm a bit of sheep. I seem to like the authors that everybody likes. It's not my fault, they all copied me! :p And I would just like it noted that I like each author for different reasons. Meg Cabot and Jane Austen for their romance. C.S. Lewis for his faith (and fantasy) R.A. Salvatore for wicked good fantasy. David Eddings for the Belgariad and Mallorean (but nothing else) and Shakespeare because he was a pure genius. Robert Jordan would have been up there but as I've complained before, he's really really been dragging out the WoT.

    And sorry to drag up an old argument but I agree whole-heartedly with Joacquin about Tolkein. LotR wasn't that great (but no mistaking, The Hobbit rocked) and a few too many people give points to Tolkein just for being Tolkein. I've made it a point to take as many mythology and folk-lore classes as I can and believe me, LotR was not that . . . new shall we say? And to be honest, fantasy and fairy tales were about to be revived anyways with or without Tolkein's help. Disney, anyone? And what about C.S. Lewis? He wrote his Narnia Chronicles about the same time as Tolkein wrote LotR -- they were friends but I have a feeling Lewis would have gotten around to the Chronicles even if they weren't friends. It's just because he seemed so new and fresh at the time. It's almost like Harry Potter in some ways. There are people who praise J.K. Rowling for being so extremely creative with the Harry Potter books and starting a new wave of fantasy lovers. Don't get me wrong, she certainly put a new twist on the witches and wizards theme (a really good one at that) and caused a lot of new readers to join the ranks of fantasy lovers. But her books wouldn't have been NEARLY as successful if the idea of witches and wizards didn't already exist and if there weren't already people who love fantasy. Same thing with Tolkein. Credit where credit is due. And as for the whole copying him thing (which bugs me to no ends and is one of the very big reasons I so adore R.A. Salvatore) it's because it was one of the first well-written forms of a modern Epic Fantasy so many writers were greatly influenced by it. But as time goes on, fantasy writers get exposed to more and more ideas and thus are able to think more and more outside of the box. Well it's a start in the right direction anways. :)
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