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    Question Favorite Authors




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    It doesn't matter what period you prefer, it doesn't matter what subject grabs your interest; you're probably fond of reading (I mean honestly, you're on a text-rich message board).

    So who are your favorite authors? Try to list at least two and no more than five (yeah, I know, you'll have to eliminate a few). Also, it would be nice to have a brief explanation as to why they are your favorites.
    "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." ~ C. Palahniuk

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    I have three favorites (off the top of my head):
    1. Washington Irving
    2. Edgar Allen Poe
    3. Marquis de Sade

    I think the first two are awesome at telling stories and using description to paint a scene. Both of them make me want to read all through the night.

    Sade is awesome not only for his humor, which is abundant throughout his work, but also for his interesting philisophical perspective and grotesque boundary breaking.
    "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." ~ C. Palahniuk

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    Swedish author Camila Lšckberg
    Agatha Christie
    Stephen King
    Umberto Eco
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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    Margaret Atwood
    Bill Bryson
    Tom Clancy
    Henry Rollins

    .... Bit of an eclectic selection.
    Plus Áa change, plus c'est la mÍme chose

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    Ernest Hemingway
    Sinclair Lewis
    Chuck Palahniuk

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    Great Topic.

    1. Gerald Durrell
    2. Charlotte & Emily Bronte (tied)
    3. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    4. Ayn Rand
    5. Jean Webster
    ~.For I have time for nothing
    But the endeavour to balance myself
    Upon a broken world
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    Tom Clancy
    Alexander Dumas

    And today I read about an author, Sabatini, who is supposed to be similar to Dumas.

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    Charles Dickens -- There are authors you read in school because you have to. But if you're lucky, they become authors you read because you *want* to.

    Mark Twain -- Ditto.

    Oscar Wilde -- The ultimate triumph of style over substance.

    P. G. Wodehouse -- The only fiction worth reading when I'm depressed.

    E. C. Segar -- A brilliant comedic novelist disguised as a cartoonist.
    Go out and fight so life shouldn't be printed on dollar bills. -- Clifford Odets

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    Joe R Lansdale

    Hunter S Thompson

    Jon Krakauer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undertow
    I have three favorites (off the top of my head):
    1. Washington Irving
    2. Edgar Allen Poe
    3. Marquis de Sade
    I like your taste for the macabre and grotesque, Undertow.

    My favorites:

    Emile Zola - He really tortured his characters. Not that I'm into torture, but it makes for a fascinating read.
    Colette - Her prose is just genius -- lyrical and heartwrenching.
    Michael Chabon - Excellent storyteller, and my favorite contemporary author.
    Henry James - I'm just echoing what others have said about him, but he was a master of the novel. He really set the stage for post-modern fiction.

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