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My Favorite Writers

  • Oct 15, 2009
I have selected the writers whose works I have totally enjoyed.  To make my list, the writer will have written several books that I have read.  Also, I would pick up and read any work that these writers have published, without knowing anything about the work in advance.
John Steinbeck
East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, Of Mice and Men are four of my favorite all-time novels.
Robert J. Sawyer
Best Science Fiction writer around today. You can read my review of Calculating God and Mindscan to get an idea. I have been lucky to personally correspond with him and he has commented on one of my reviews.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Count of Monte Cristo are two of my favorite classics.
Orson Scott Card
A multi-talented writer of many genres. Enders Game is one of my favorite Sci-fi reads. His fantasy books are great too.
"Who is John Gault?" is one of my favorite opening lines in her great work Atlas Shrugged. The architecture lessons of The Fountainhead were great. All her works have an anti-socialst theme and ask the question "what's wrong with working hard to be monetarily rewarded?"
Stephen King
The Stand and Misery are two of my favorite books ever. His early works were much better than the more recent stuff but others like his Dark Tower series.
James Michener is the master of historical fiction. The Covenant, Chesapeake, Alaska, are some of my favorite books.
See the full review, "The Definative Texas Tale".
Michael Crichton
Another talent of many genres, Crichton wrote everything from thrillers to science fiction. Jurrasic Park is one of the best books of its ilk.
Michael Connelly
The Harry Bosch novels are the best detective novels around. Now we also have Mickey Haller and Jack McEvoy to add legal thrillers and crime busting reporter novels to the mix. Connelly has a talent to creating great lead characters and in blending some of those characters together in some of his more recent novels.
Ken Follet
Pillars of the Earth and A Dangerous Fortune of his two best works and earn him a spot on my list.

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August 29, 2010
Can't stand Rand, but great to see Steinbeck as #1; Scotman reviewed him recently and I was inspired to do the same. You read more bestsellers than me, so I cannot comment on the others except that I did read "Ender's Game" in its novella form and I've heard Follett's entertaining...
October 07, 2010
I'm with you on Rand.
October 20, 2009
Quite a list indeed, but I've never been able to stomach Rand even though I read all the required stuff; ANTHEM, THE FOUNTAINHEAD, ATLAS SHRUGGED.
October 07, 2010
I tried to lose it. =)
October 07, 2010
I've added some commentary to my list above.
October 07, 2010
So you've got Rand the great egoist and Steinbeck the great commie. At least you're well rounded. =)
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