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Who is your favorite author?

  1. livewithrichard profile image85
    livewithrichardposted 8 years ago

    I tend to read a lot. Fiction, non-fiction, it does not matter.  Some books do more for me than others.  I enjoy many different genres but if I had to narrow my selection down to just one author I would have to say that Clive Cussler is my very favorite.  I love the Dirk Pitt novels.  For those that do not know, Dirk Pitt novels are a mix of historical fiction with an Indiana Jones type of adventure.  The world is always at the brink of destruction and Dirk Pitt is the consumate hero.

    I know there are many wonderful authors out there and I tend to read series type books because I get to love the characters. But by staying with my favorites, I deny myself the opportunity to follow new and potentially better authors.  If you had to narrow your selection down to just one author, who would it be and why?

    1. Drew Breezzy profile image79
      Drew Breezzyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      michael crichton

    2. mohitmisra profile image54
      mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Patanajali as he crystallizes spirituality like no one else.

    3. Migodden profile image63
      Migoddenposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Carl Sagan

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    dennisemattposted 8 years ago

    Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, J.R.R Tolkien, umm sorry I forgot the authur but specifically the book The Kite Runner, Madeline L'Engle, John Lescroart

    1. Earthscribe profile image80
      Earthscribeposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, Madeline L'Engle! One of my favorites foreever... Swiftly Tilting Planet was a masterpiece.

      In fiction, I also love~

      Tanith Lee (Tales from the Flat Earth)
      Frank Herbert (Dune)
      Umberto Eco (Foucault's Pendulum)
      Robert Anton Wilson (Illuminatus! Trilogy)
      Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide Series)

      Mind Body Spirit:

      HP Blavatsky (Complete Works)
      Sir John Dee (Heiroglyphic Monad)
      Lao Tzu (Tao teh Ching)
      Svatmarama (Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
      Ray Eales (Essays to Keph Ra)
      Ida Craddock (Heavenly Bridegrooms, Psychic Wedlock)
      Aiwass (Liber AL vel Legis)
      Vivekananda (Raja Yoga)
      Patanjali (Mahābhāṣya, Yoga Sutras)
      Perdurabo (Book Four)
      Bruce Lee (Art of Expressing the Human Body)

      Physics, Mathematics:

      Niels Bohr (The Unity of Knowledge, Holographic Universe Interviews)
      Richard Feynman (The Feynman Lectures on Physics)
      Henry Poincaré (Science and Hypothesis)
      James Gleick (Chaos: Making a New Science)
      Buckmisnster Fuller (Synergy: the Geometry of Thinking)
      Alan Watts (This Is It, The Book: on Knowing the Taboo Against Who You Are)

      Biology, Neuroscience, Ecoscience:

      James Lovelock (The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can)
      Gazzaniga, Ivry, & Mangun (Cognitive Neuroscience)
      J. Allan Hobson (Chemistry of Conscious States)
      Terrence McKenna (Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History)

      Culture, Gender Studies, Media Studies:

      Camille Paglia (Sexual Personae: Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickenson)
      Betty Friedan (Feminine Mystique)
      Joseph Campbell (Hero with a Thousand Faces, Power of Myth)

  3. Ron Montgomery profile image61
    Ron Montgomeryposted 8 years ago

    Charles Frazier, Richard Russo, Bernard Cornwell, Phillip Gulley

  4. quicksand profile image83
    quicksandposted 8 years ago

    Sticking to one author will eventually alter your mindset I believe. If you are not too fussy about contemporary writers, I suggest you check out the duo Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre. The book I have in mind is entitled "Or I'll dress you in mourning."

  5. Ivorwen profile image78
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    Just one?  Gene Stratton-Porter

  6. TamCor profile image78
    TamCorposted 8 years ago

    My all-time favorite is Dean Koontz, and has been for many years...

    But there are also so many other terrific authors out there, and I try to check out as many as I can!

  7. Mrvoodoo profile image59
    Mrvoodooposted 8 years ago

    I could never just go with one, my favorite author often changes depending upon what I've read lately. 

    But some long-term favorites include:  Joseph Heller, Ray Loriga, Hunter S Thompson, George Orwell and Bill Bryson.

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
      Ron Montgomeryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I somehow forgot Bill Bryson on my list.

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        Blackngoldbananaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Bill Bryson is awesome, I'm glad you mentioned him, or else I would have forgotten.  I also like John Le Carre and Dean Koontz, John Grisham and was addicted to Clancy books for a while.

  8. fierycj profile image80
    fierycjposted 8 years ago

    Stephen King. J.D. Salinger. All other authors are very good, no doubt. I read at least five books a week, at least, and the thing I've discovered is that most good authors always write trying to make awfully good. You can tell right away that they know they're good and are trying really hard to meet that expectation. For me, an author ceases to be that good when that happens. That's the thing I like about King and Salinger is, they give me this wuchmacallit - I'm good but I dont give a damn vibe. And besides, I think my sense of reasoning is very similar to them both.

  9. Dale Mazurek profile image61
    Dale Mazurekposted 8 years ago

    Stephen King-The Dark Tower Series

    All time favorite

    1. fierycj profile image80
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Brilliant stuff.

  10. cashmere profile image82
    cashmereposted 8 years ago

    PG Woodehouse...nothing beats him for a good laugh

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    nazishnasimposted 8 years ago

    Oscar Wilde *drools over*

    1. Carlos Santo profile image52
      Carlos Santoposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Wilde is outstanding. However, I also do like Dickens but I'm not sure if I like the idea of liking Dickens or if I actually do like his works, Great Expectations is great though.

  12. JonTutor profile image52
    JonTutorposted 8 years ago

    Isaac Asimov.

  13. anime_nanet profile image62
    anime_nanetposted 8 years ago

    Terry Pratchett

  14. RedElf profile image84
    RedElfposted 8 years ago

    Only one!?!?!?!?!?
    I am not sure that is possible...P.D.Grimes, Anne Perry, James Harriot, G.K. Chesterton, Pauline Gedge, Lois Hole (was queen of Gardening Books and Chancellor of University here, also was Lieutenant Governor - great lady)
    Sorry, I'm over limit - too many great writers...big_smile

  15. Mason Hymas profile image54
    Mason Hymasposted 8 years ago

    I've always enjoyed Orson Scott Card.

  16. Lady_E profile image83
    Lady_Eposted 8 years ago

    I love Danielle Steele.

  17. Zabbella profile image77
    Zabbellaposted 8 years ago

    Dean Koontz...mystery all the way

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years ago

    mystery writer John D. MacDonald

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    Iðunnposted 8 years ago

    steinbeck without question.

  20. Ladybird33 profile image42
    Ladybird33posted 8 years ago

    Sidney Sheldon (sp?) loved all his books
    James Patterson, into his right now and read almost all of them

    As a kid, what girl didn't love Judy Blume?  Seriously, loved her!

    Can't pick one, well, maybe just myself smile

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    randall malcolmposted 8 years ago

    WALT WHITMAN FOR SURE! Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking!

  22. C.S.Alexis profile image88
    C.S.Alexisposted 8 years ago

    Kahil Gibran, Jack London, Zane Gray, Waldon, do not know if I spelled all the names right....and these are just a few ...way to many to think off the top of my head.

  23. indian cooking profile image39
    indian cookingposted 8 years ago

    Charles Dickens

    I also think Veda Vyasa as a great author. After all he wrote the great Epic Mahabharata!

  24. laura-g profile image60
    laura-gposted 8 years ago

    Hi, Nobody has mentioned Peter Robinson of the Inspector Banks series (21 books in total I believe) He's really good.

    although I have to admit my favourite author tends to change. Depending on what I am reading, I seem to become addicted and have to read everything by that author.

  25. Mike Craggs profile image74
    Mike Craggsposted 8 years ago

    It depends on what sort of mood I am in. Any of the following would do for a start:

    Janet Evanovich, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, Sue Grafton, Richard Stark, Peter Hoeg, Albert Camus, Knut Hamsun, Ivan Turgenev and many, many more.

  26. Flerity profile image55
    Flerityposted 8 years ago

    Scott R.R Bakker is probably the most prolific author of out there today. The Prince of Nothing series is simply amazing

    Jerome Flerity

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  27. Davinagirl3 profile image60
    Davinagirl3posted 8 years ago

    This man... He is my god.

  28. usmanali81 profile image55
    usmanali81posted 8 years ago

    HARUN YAHYA (Adnan Oktar)


    Quoting from the 22nd April 2000 issue of New Scientist, Mr. Oktar became an "international hero" in communicating the fallacy of the theory of evolution and the fact of creation. The author has also produced various works on Zionist racism and Freemasonry and their negative effects on world history and politics. Besides these, Oktar has written more than a hundred books describing the morals of the Qur'an and faith related issues.

    Harun Yahya's works, translated into 57 different languages, constitute a collection for a total of more than 45,000 pages with 30,000 illustrations.

  29. mirandalloyd profile image57
    mirandalloydposted 8 years ago

    Only one? Man, this is going to be tough...

    I'd have to say Douglas Adams.

  30. Valerie F profile image60
    Valerie Fposted 8 years ago

    If I had to pick only one, it would be C.S. Lewis.

  31. Watch Tower profile image60
    Watch Towerposted 8 years ago

    I love fiction, and these are just the top authors that stick out in my mind when ever I am asked or see this question, Who is /are your favorite Author/ Authors ?

    Anne Rice, more famous for her Vampire chronicles, however she has written a number of edge of your chair reading like the the Mayfair Witches.  Piers Anthony for his Incarnation of Immortality series and Xanth Novels.Gorden R. Dickerson. Charles De Lint for the Green Mantle a truly speel binding read. Terry brooks for Kingdom for sale Sold series
    Ursula Leguin for the Earth Sea Trilogy.  Nicholas Luard For Gondar.
    Christopher Paolini for Eragon ( FYI once agin hollywood destroys an excellent book in film media )Eldest, and Brisinger


    Sorry impossible for me to pick only one. but if I really have to then Anne Rice, no, Piers Anthony.. EEEK I give up

  32. Chloe Comfort profile image61
    Chloe Comfortposted 8 years ago

    Jean Auel, Robert Jordan, and Brian Lumley (can't choose just one). All 3 authors are incredible.

  33. blue dog profile image71
    blue dogposted 8 years ago

    gabriel garcia marquez.

  34. elainevc profile image60
    elainevcposted 8 years ago

    Hard to say but i think its Jodi Piccult for her incredible real life-based stories

  35. Jenny30 profile image60
    Jenny30posted 8 years ago

    I read  pretty much  fiction and non-fiction books. I love humor but a good suspense is always great as well!!! Sophia Kinsella is one of my fav. British authors. Mary Higgins Clark is another great one!

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    I have quite a few Stephen King, Iris Johnson, Deen Koontz, John Saul, J. K. Rowling. And a new favorite is Ridley Pearson! smile

  37. wrenfrost56 profile image80
    wrenfrost56posted 8 years ago

    So many....Jane austin, J.k rowling, Stephen king, George orwell, h.g.wells....so many.

  38. AllMomNeeds2know profile image57
    AllMomNeeds2knowposted 8 years ago

    I love Sophie Kinsella, all of her books are fantastic, funny, and you just feel you know the characters.

  39. Bard of Ely profile image87
    Bard of Elyposted 8 years ago

    The author I have returned to at more stages in my life and have re-read his books is CS Lewis.

  40. Zsuzsy Bee profile image84
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 8 years ago

    The list of my favorite writers is a mile long...so many fabulous writers
    Gwen Bristow, Clive Cussler, Wilbur Smith, Janette Evanovitch, Elizabeth Peters, Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Michael Crichton, J.K. Rowling, Christopher Paolini, Cornelia Funke..........

  41. world of the wise profile image23
    world of the wiseposted 8 years ago

    Ellen G White

  42. world of the wise profile image23
    world of the wiseposted 8 years ago

    Ellen G White

  43. Earthscribe profile image80
    Earthscribeposted 8 years ago

    Oh Bard, yes I shouldn't forget CS Lewis! A very influential, classic author.

    Did you know he was involevd in Druidic revival as well? (I just noticed your affiliation on the profile.)

  44. katacham profile image58
    katachamposted 8 years ago

    Ok, so after much deliberation my ultimately favourite author would have to be Tolkein. The depth and clarity of Middle Earth in which his characters have been allowed to flourish, for me is sublime. His writing is smooth and his description is particularly vivid for me. I admire his frequent passages of song and poetry as they truly lift the books into the realm of fantasy.

    However, i have to say that upon seeing the films, my imagination has been ever so slightly stumped; Peter Jackson directed them a bit too well. tongue

  45. lawretta profile image78
    lawrettaposted 8 years ago

    Jane Austin "Emma"

  46. JonM73 profile image58
    JonM73posted 8 years ago

    Peter Straub, Raymond Chandler, and William S. Burroughs. In that order.

  47. marshall92 profile image63
    marshall92posted 8 years ago

    Dan Brown is my current favorite. His writing is simple, but his books are fun to read.

  48. theduckie profile image55
    theduckieposted 8 years ago

    stephanie meyer,Frank Beddor,Cassandra Clare,J. K. Rowling,Louis Sachar,L. J. Smith.

       Theres many more but I thought I would only post a few.

  49. kephrira profile image58
    kephriraposted 8 years ago

    tough picking one, so I'll pick two. H P Lovecraft - great horror short stories, and Alastair Roynolds.

    1. mirajraha profile image55
      mirajrahaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      H.P. Lovercraft is impressive too.

  50. mirajraha profile image55
    mirajrahaposted 8 years ago

    Sir Arthur C. Clarke,Tom clancy,R.A Salvatore,Satyajit Ray...and many more.