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Old 07-09-2009, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by contachster View Post
Try W. Somerset Maugham. Start with "The Moon & Sixpence"
Also, another masterpiece by Maugham, "The Narrow Corner"...........

My other favorite authors and their best books (IMHO):
-Andrew Vachss..............Hard Candy
-John O'hara...................A Rage To Live
-Richard Wright...............Native Son
-Ralph Ellison..................Invisible Man
-Emile Zola.....................Truth
-Graham Greene..............The Quiet American
-Upton Sinclair................The Jungle
-Albert Camus.................The Plague
-Jim Thompson................South Of Heaven
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky........Crime And Punishment
-Paul Bowles....................Up Above The World
-William S. Burroughs.........Junky
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:47 PM
Location: South Carolina
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Okay here goes : jodi Picoult , amy tan , james patterson , marjorie kinnan rawlings , fannie flagg, sue monk kidd , grisham .
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:03 PM
Location: Seattle/Moses Lake, Washington
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Above all, My number one favorite is Jude Deveraux. Close Second is Judith McNaught. Then Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:35 PM
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Amy Hempel made me rethink my entire life.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:20 AM
Location: Colorado
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If you like James Patterson you might also like Harlan Coben with his series featuring sports agent and amateur sleuth, Myron Bolitar.

I would also suggest Nevada Barr, Batya Gur (if you like more cerebral mysteries), Martha Grimes and Kathy Reichs. And Christopher Fowler altho his are very much an acquired taste and not very well-known in the US.

If you like Sci-fi at all, try David Weber with his Honor Harrington series. S L Viehl has a fairly good series featuring Dr Cherijo Torin.

If you enjoy tongue-in-cheek satire on the "epic quest" style science fantasy novels, try Terry Pratchett.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:21 AM
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Elizabeth Berg is very good. Sort of like Jodi Piccoult.

I love Dennis Lehane's work. I could not put Mystic River down. I read late into the night to finish.

Anne Rivers Siddons is a beautifully descriptive writer. Makes you really see what she's describing.

While I liked "No country for Old Men," I think McCarthy can go on too long in his descriptions. I'm trying to read Sutree and he goes for entire paragraphs to describe the movement of the current on the river.

Dominic Dunne is just plain entertaining if you want to read about how the other half lives.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:40 PM
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Suzanne Brockmann - she's the only author whose books I buy in hard back on the day they're released.

Megan Hart - she writes "romantica" (a combination of romance and erotica). Her books don't have guaranteed happy endings, but they're very well written and emotionally wrenching.

Linda Howard - one of my favorite romance authors from way back. I was reading her books when she was writing for Silhouette. Not all of her books are keepers, but I still keep coming back for more.

Kresley Cole - a very good paranormal romance author.

Guess you can tell what kinds of books I read!
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:09 PM
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My list is a bit dated compared to some other peoples lists, but here it goes...

Jane Austen
Charles Dickens
Charlotte Bronte
Miguel De Cervantes
Mark Twain
Frances Hodgson Burnet
C.S. Lewis

and many more
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:57 PM
Location: Rothschild, WI
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Richard Russo
David Sedaris (laugh-out-loud funny!)
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Robin Cook
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:18 AM
Location: Oxford, England
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Among many others :

Arthur Miller
Oscar Wilde
John Steinbeck
Ernest Hemingway
Guy de Maupassant
Emile Zola
Ambrose Bierce
Mark Twain
William Thackeray
William Shakespeare ( only his tragedies and histories I loathe his comedies)
Alexandre Dumas
Jules Verne
PG Wodehouse
Paul Theroux
Alexander Mc Call Smith
Honore de Balzac
Somerset Maugham
George Orwell
Joseph Conrad
Jack London
FranZ Kafka
J-P Sartre
Albert Camus
Peter tremayne
Susanna Gregory
Steven Saylor
Lindsey Davis
C-J Sansom
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