Favourite Writers

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Elusive Moose

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30th Jan 2008 at 4:23 pm

Elusive Moose - Get your Antlers on

Get your Antlers on

 
I love Jefferey Eugenicides, or at least all two of his novels that's he's written. He's so articulate, beautifully written and also quite humerous. I can't get over how well he seems to get (albeit exaggerated) into the female mind, as well.

Also, Alice Sebold is a wonderful writer. The Lovely Bones is beautiful, and from what I've read so far of The Almost Moon it's on the same track. I think she has to be the queen of opening lines as well.

For light relief Marian Keyes and Ben Elton (though more his earlier stuff like Inconceivable and Dead Famous- I wasn't a fan of Chart Throb and haven't read his latest)

Favourite playwright has to be Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie in particular. Quite partial to some Arthur Miller as well, but I much prefer Williams' style. Can I include Jason Robert Brown once again (he does musicals, ok, they tell a story ). I have never read/heard lyrics that can affect pretty much everyone who reads them so much.

I may have overused superlatives in this post.

Will think of more later.

Edited by Elusive Moose Jan 2008
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Albert Johanneson

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30th Jan 2008 at 4:43 pm

Albert Johanneson - Outside-left

Outside-left

 
Charles Bukowski
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jack Kerouac

Captain Stupendo

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30th Jan 2008 at 4:50 pm

Captain Stupendo - snarf!

snarf!

 
James Herbert is the master of horror. Conn Igulden for the fantatsic emperor series, and Bernard Cornwell for Sharpe and the Alfred the great series. Im currently reading book 2 of his Warlord chronicles and as usual its great, I cant put it down.
Never take life seriously.

Freshly Squeezed Cynic

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30th Jan 2008 at 5:12 pm

Freshly Squeezed Cynic - apparently the big pink bastard is me

apparently the big pink bastard is me

 
Quote: illusiveshadow
(though more his earlier stuff like Inconceivable and Dead Famous- I wasn't a fan of Chart Throb and haven't read his latest)


It's sh*te.

Turtle

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30th Jan 2008 at 5:29 pm

 
Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita is the best written book ever. Try and find a major flaw in how he wrote it because you can't. Its perfectly written.)
Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell to Arms gets me everytime)
F.Scott Fitzgerald
Robert Graves (Goodbye to All That is very well written and is one of my favourite autobiographies and his poetry is also amongst some of my favourite pieces. A Dead Boche is still the first poem that pops into my head when I think of death at war.)
Arthur Miller (my favourite playwright)
Roald Dahl. (Who doesn't absolutely love him and think of tea and jam on toast when they read his books?)

And in a west wing quote: 'Toby.'

Little Blue Fox.

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4th Feb 2008 at 4:28 pm

Little Blue Fox. - Hope is important.

Hope is important.

 
Alex Garland.
Scarlett Thomas.
Terry Pratchett.
Jasper Fforde.
Douglas Coupland.
Douglas Adams.
Christopher Brookmyre.
Neil Gaiman.
Jane Austen.
Franz Kafka sometimes.


It hurts too much not to try.
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Elusive Moose

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15th Feb 2008 at 4:20 pm

Elusive Moose - Get your Antlers on

Get your Antlers on

 
Ian McEwan. Even though he waffles on sometimes, I'd love to be able to write so beautifully.

It's so hard to think of individual authors who are consistently amazing... All the classic authors aren't really all that all the time- D*ckens, Austen and co are over-rated IMO. Though I'm probably just jealous
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Mancomb Seepgood

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15th Feb 2008 at 5:25 pm

Mancomb Seepgood - Grog me.

Grog me.

 
As Doc says, both Mailer and Orwell are tremendous, and showcase why journalists make better writers, focusing on tight narrative and the necessary details that make up their wonderfully portrayed characters, and lacking the needless metaphors and tedious descriptive parts that ruin many works.

Saying that, when such description is done well (and I mean flawlessly beautiful), it can turn the author's creation into a part of your life, as can be seen in the magnificent works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. The former telling tales that combine the simplicities of life, with the most epic adventure, all intertwined with a complex, yet well thought out, philosophy of God, sex and death and underpins everything involved in his novels.

Pratchett is good for lighter entertainment, as well as Adams, natch.

Also recently got into Garcia Marquez several years after a friends remarked on Love in the Time of Cholera being the best book he has ever read.

Wilde has the most wonderful way with words that demonstrate the genius of his troubled mind.

I also enjoy the cynicism of Fitzgerald, and the eccentricity of Joyce.
If I could get an orange that was as low-maintenance as an apple, I'd be a happy man

Elusive Moose

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15th Feb 2008 at 6:59 pm

Elusive Moose - Get your Antlers on

Get your Antlers on

 
Quote: mancombseepgood

Also recently got into Garcia Marquez several years after a friends remarked on Love in the Time of Cholera being the best book he has ever read.


Oooh he's awesome. Love's been made into a film I think, or maybe it's 100 years of Solitude... Either way, looking forward to that

(IMDB says it's Love, released 21st March...)
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Freshly Squeezed Cynic

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15th Feb 2008 at 8:08 pm

Freshly Squeezed Cynic - apparently the big pink bastard is me

apparently the big pink bastard is me

 
In terms of fantasy/sci-fi, Iain M. Banks and China Mieville are sh*t hot. Banks' Culture series is so bursting with ideas that I find them impossible to put down. His non sci-fi stuff is pretty good, too; I loved Whit, about a girl from a small cult who has to go out into the big bad world.


 
 
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