Best Authors.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Andy in Sig, 21 Dec 2007.

  1. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    There is always one thread or another going on about bands or musicians but it occurred to me that we rarely do the same for authors. My top five:

    Anthony Burgess
    Len Deighton
    Flann O'Brien
    Henning Mankell
    Andreas Franz

    And an honorary mention for Tolkein who I keep coming back to.
  2. Do you like Lee Child and Harlen Coben Andy?
  3. OP
    Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Never heard of either, I'm afraid. Should I have?
  4. Whole, engaging adventure. Jack Reacher in the Lee Child novels is everyone's hero, and Myron Bolitar in the Harlen Coben stuff (not all his books are based on this character btw)another engaging figure. Good reading.
    I'll have to think about a 'top five' as there are so many to chose...:biggrin:
  5. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Well I'll say favourite rather than best as it would be well quite different and also edited to add in the sense of authors I like a few of their works rather than just one. In geographical order:

    Philip K. Dick
    Daphne Du Maurier
    Terry Pratchett.
    Alexandre Dumas
    Joanne Harris

    A much better thread than on musicians and bands imho :biggrin:
  6. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Walter Tevis
    Anthony Burgess
    Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting only, goddamnit!)
    Margaret Atwood
    John Snelling
  7. Cheddar George

    Cheddar George oober member

    Location: Location
    Graham Greene
    Lee Child
    Conn Iggulden
    Ken Follett
    Tracy Chevalier

    I love a good book, unfortunately i am wading through a John Connolly novel at the moment ..........
  8. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Terry Pratchett
    JRR Tolkien
    Nikolai Gogol
    Herman Hesse
    PG Wodehouse
  9. DaveyL

    DaveyL Well-Known Member

    Some authors, and recommended books:

    Martin Amis (Money, London Fields)
    Don DeLillo (Underworld, Libra)
    Vladimir Nabokov (Despair and King, Queen, Knave)
    David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

    Honourable mentions for John Updike, Philip Roth, Anthony Burgess, Iain Banks, Alasdair Gray.
  10. Lardyboy

    Lardyboy New Member

    Not necessarily the "best" authors but ones I go back and read when there's nothing new around.

    Philip Roth, Franz Kafka, H.G. Wells, J.G. Ballard, Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway when I need something to "stimulate" what's left of the grey matter.

    Robert Rankin and Tom Sharpe when I'm in need of a good laugh.

    Mikhail Bulgakovs' "The Master and Margarita",still the most bizarre work of fiction I've ever read.
  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Ive read Henning Mankells books...( Scandanavian police murder stories with a gloomy atmosphere :biggrin:) ....i go with he as well

    Solzhenitsyn....gloomy as well :biggrin::blush::biggrin:.

    Bugger... i think theres a pattern here. Whats it tell me about me ???
  12. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I've got The Master and Margarita on my bookshelf but still haven't got round to reading it! - Hey, I'd like to read some Hemingway - what book would you recommend starting with?
  13. Lardyboy

    Lardyboy New Member

    Melvil I would say start with "The Master...." but I think it might be too much too close to christmas!

    Hemingway - Start with "The Old Man And The Sea" , "Snows Of Kilimanjaro", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Farewell To Arms"
  14. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    John Le Carre
    JRR Hartley
    er, Norris and Boris McWhirter
  15. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Aye, will get some of that read in the new year, cheers!
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