Katherine Kurtz (esp. The Adept series)
Philip K. Dick (esp. The Man In The High Tower)
Glendon Swarthout (except, possibly, Luck & Pluck)
Clair Huffaker (esp. The Cowboy and the Cossack)
Sax Rohmer (everything)
Ray Bradbury hands down...
But also Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Mark Twain, Harper Lee (all the only one book, Mockingbird says enough for a lifetime.)
For classical literature: Emile Zola, Joseph Conrad, Guy de Maupassant, Mikhail Bulgakov, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway (short stories), Raymond Chandler, Leo Tolstoy (short stories), must read more classical literature...
Cotemporary fiction: Michael Moorecock, Alan Furst, James Ellroy, must be some others here... do not read much contemporary fiction...
Philosophy, strategy, non-fiction etc: Raymond Aron, Carl von Clausewitz, Niccolo Machiavelli, Charles de Gaulle, Raoul Castex, Andre Beaufre, Ramachandra Guha, Robert Jervis, Thomas Schelling, Richard Betts, Lawrence Freedman, Rajesh Bashrur, Amartya Sen, Stephen Walt, Daniel Drezner, Stephen van Evera, and too many others...
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"As a kid, I used to abide by the judgment of Brooks Brothers in New York. I think I'm away from that now."
P.G. Wodehouse, John Steinbeck, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, J.D. Salinger, Pat Conroy, John Feinstein, Ken Follett.
Guilty pleasures are Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, and Jimmy Buffett.
They are so many, but I will mention three of them Jerome Salinger, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett.
Nice Room!Reading Room. :-)
My favorite author is Stephen Hunter, even though he is modern. The series based on the "Shooter"'s father is based in the 1940s and 1950s. I like to ready his books.
I'm going to limit my list to just two, or else the list could keep going...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar Allen Poe
I feel like I'm "there" in the stories as I read them.
Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals. -Oscar Wilde