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Old 05-27-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Not too many people quoting classics:
Shakespeare, how can anyone not love this guy? He's written so many of history's best stories.
HG Wells, the master of science fiction
Aldous Huxley
And for the modern popular author:
Michael Crichton, his books are just fun to read
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Back in Dallas Texas where I belong!
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James Patterson - mystery/thriller
Janet Evanovich - humorous with a touch of mystery
J A Konrath - gotta love a guy who names his books after alcholoic drinks
Nicholas Sparks - sappy good love stories with no vulgarness
Mark Douglas - former FBI profiler

I read a few of Jodi Picculot's and had to quit, those are too heart wrenching for me
I used to read Stewart Woods but he got way to predicatible, and the same with Jonahtan Kellerman
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:16 AM
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Location: Glendale Country Club
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One of my all time favorites is Larry McMurtry. Also, James Lee Burke, Rosamund Pilcher, Ann Rule, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns)
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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for those who enjoy Tom Clancy, check out Brad Thor. Great thrillers, main character is ex-navy seal, secret service and special agent to the president! Also, for mystery with a historical twist, check out Steve Berry. Some light-hearted women mystery detective-types..Diane Mott Davidson and Susan Wittig Albert.
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Old 05-30-2009, 04:37 PM
 
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One of my all time favorites is Larry McMurtry. Also, James Lee Burke, Rosamund Pilcher, Ann Rule, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns)
Larry McMurtry is probably my favorite author. A brilliant writer, IMO. I just can't put his books down, except for the Berrybender series.

I also like Amy Tan, another brilliant writer.
Armistead Maupin
Jean Auel

Classics:
Thornton Wilder
Poe
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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This is a question that really makes me "think", as I have read so many good books over the years. What comes to mind at the moment is Eugenia Price. She did some great historical novels that were set in the Civil War era. She made her characters come to life, and many were based on actual families. One of her titles is "Stranger in Savannah".. I must have read at least 4 or 5 of her books and it resulted in my husband and I planning a trip to Savannah and the Golden Isles. We even visited the church yard on St. Simon Island where Price is burried - along with one of the families that were mentioned in her books.

I also like some of Stephen King's books - I have a few favorites ie, Misery, and Dead Zone. He is kind of a neighbor of mine. He lives about 3 blocks from me.

Right now I am reading some of Ernest Hemingway -as I had read "about" him but never anything he had written. I chose "A Moveable Feast" and found it fascinating about how the artsy group lived in Paris in the 1920s
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Actually I got into reading Jonathan Kellerman when a friend gave me a copy of "Twisted". And it's been so long since I read anything by Leon Uris, I've completely forgotten what it might have been! I do recognize the name, just for the life of me cannot think of the titles of any of his books.
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TRINITY by Leon Uris is the first title that comes to my mind.
I will have to google some of his others because I often confuse Uris's titles with the guy that wrote SHOGUN(???)

GL2
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Favorite authors?
So many I cannot even begin to remember all of them. But here goes:

Larry McMurtry has to top the list. LONESOME DOVE and the others in the series are great. CADILLAC JACK, LEAVING CHEYENNE and so many other titles by him that are outstanding. I have read everything he wrote and I was only disappointed in one and I can't remember that title.

Herman Wouk. THE WINDS OF WAR and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE are must reads. Marjorie Morningstar and others are good also.

Leon Uris. TRINITY, BATTLE CRY, THE ANGRY HILLS, MILA 18 (best Holocaust story ever IMHO).

James Clavell. SHOGUN and KING RAT plus others I can't remember.

James Michener. Almost everything he wrote AFTER his first one hundred or so pages is great.

Joseph Wambaugh. specially his first five or six.

David Baldacci. Everything with WISH YOU WELL being his best change of pace story.

John Grisham. Everything with A PAINTED HOUSE topping the list.

Louis L'Amour. Even better westerns than Zane Grey.

Zane Grey

Isaac Assimov. The FOUNATION series and ROBOT trilogies are perfection.

Frank Herbert DUNE

Phillip Jose Farmer RIVERWORLD.

Robert Heinlen

Ray Bradbury

Niven & Pournelle

Richard Adams WATERSHIP DOWN and others.

Ayn Rand. ATLAS SHRUGGED and THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Upton Sinclair. THE JUNGLE and OIL

John Steinbeck. GRAPES OF WRATH, OF MICE AND MEN and EAST OF EDEN

Orson Scott Card(?) ENDER'S GAME

Give me a six pack of beer and a few hours and I could probably remember a hundred more.

GL2
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Favorite authors?
So many I cannot even begin to remember all of them. But here goes:

Larry McMurtry has to top the list. LONESOME DOVE and the others in the series are great. CADILLAC JACK, LEAVING CHEYENNE and so many other titles by him that are outstanding. I have read everything he wrote and I was only disappointed in one and I can't remember that title.

Herman Wouk. THE WINDS OF WAR and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE are must reads. Marjorie Morningstar and others are good also.

Leon Uris. TRINITY, BATTLE CRY, THE ANGRY HILLS, MILA 18 (best Holocaust story ever IMHO).

James Clavell. SHOGUN and KING RAT plus others I can't remember.

James Michener. Almost everything he wrote AFTER his first one hundred or so pages is great.

Joseph Wambaugh. specially his first five or six.

David Baldacci. Everything with WISH YOU WELL being his best change of pace story.

John Grisham. Everything with A PAINTED HOUSE topping the list.

Louis L'Amour. Even better westerns than Zane Grey.

Zane Grey

Isaac Assimov. The FOUNATION series and ROBOT trilogies are perfection.

Frank Herbert DUNE

Phillip Jose Farmer RIVERWORLD.

Robert Heinlen

Ray Bradbury

Niven & Pournelle

Richard Adams WATERSHIP DOWN and others.

Ayn Rand. ATLAS SHRUGGED and THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Upton Sinclair. THE JUNGLE and OIL

John Steinbeck. GRAPES OF WRATH, OF MICE AND MEN and EAST OF EDEN

Orson Scott Card(?) ENDER'S GAME

Give me a six pack of beer and a few hours and I could probably remember a hundred more.

GL2
There are a few on your list that are also on mine, as well as some I've read years ago and remember enjoying and some I've never read. I actually printed out your list and plan to take it with me next time I go hunting for books! Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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Jodi Picoult and James Patterson

Just realized they are both JP - LOL
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