Some of my favorites would include-
Paullina Simons- every book of hers will stay w/ you forever!
Right now it's Phillipa Gregory.
For a compromise between "art" and "fun"? Of all time, it has to be Ray Bradbury.
With different genres (and subgenres) I've got favorites. For classic mysteries, even more than Conan-Doyle, there's Rex Stout.
For classic Sci-Fi (I consider Bradbury to be Fantasy most of the time, not Sci-fi), there's Asimov. For more modern Sci-Fi, there's Silverberg--although maybe its fairer to judge him now as classic too, so maybe I'd have to go with Robert J. Sawyer.
I'll give plenty of "props" to JK Rowling for modern Fantasy, although I'll only be TOTALLY convinced if she's eventually willing and able to write something non-Potterish. Since he's been mentioned a few times in this thread I'll say that I have enjoyed Jasper Fforde, but his books somehow got a bit wearying for me eventually. Not sure why.
I've gotten out of the habit of reading "thrillers", no matter how many paperbacks friends and relatives shove at me, because they all seem to have a sameness to them to me. Back when I DID read them, I suppose I appreciated Clive Cussler, for pure trash value, and John Grisham.
For humor, more than Sci-fi, I have to add Douglas Adams. I will add that I've TRIED to get into Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, but for some reason couldn't. And yet, while briefly in the U.K., I saw BOTH of the Sky One adaptions done from his work ("Hogfather" and "The Colour of Magic") and thought they were fantastic. For me, the change in form fixed the problems I had with his work.
Wow, ok I am like so many on here and have so many favorite authors.
Laurell K. Hamilton (Hands down my fav)
MaryJanice Davidson (she makes me laugh)
Seems like there are many more but for some reason my mind is blank right now. There is a newish author I am loving..last name Brennan can not for the life of me think of her first name.
Can I second all of the above and add Gabriel Garcia Marquez for his beauty and description of love and life and James Allen Gardner for his powerful female leads, who aren't picture perfect beauties, and Phillip Pullman for his amazingness.Quote:
Originally Posted by Lucy;1734655;
Ok, so I really can't chose 1 favorite and I have so many more that I would like to cite here.
(and I feel like I'm giving some sort of acceptance speech and the music has just started playing over my voice. so I shall stop there, for now)
Stephen King and J.k rowiling, Dan brown, Lemony Stickict C.S. Lewis
Jane Austen and Bram Stoker
I have no life I know I am an book worm
Weird combination, huh?:nod