I love Martina Cole's books because she bases them on true events that we dont like to admit actually happen on our doorsteps.
John Grisham. I've read many books by many different authors, on many different subjects, but Grisham is the only author who writes and makes me believe I AM part of the story.
Kurt Vonnegut, because he glimmered sanity in a world riddled with hate, hypocrisy, and hollowness.
Thornton Wilder stands out, to me, as one of the most effective and poignant writers. His books, such as Heavens My Destination, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and the Eighth Day, are so amazing. Each one is filled with wit, humanity, and strength. His characters come alive through the pages to such a level that, by the time you've finished the book, it's hard to believe that you haven't actually met, talked, and lived with them for years and years.
Ayn Rand, hands down. Objectivism was created by her and all of her works are remarkable.
F. Scott Fitzgerald pops into my head. I felt a very strong connection while reading his novel The Great Gatsby in high school. I know it seems a little cliche but I still love this classic author. I also enjoyed Tender is the Night, Beautiful and Damned, and the Last Tycoon. I'm also drawn to the time period of his golden era.
Hands down Robert Ludlum!! read Road to Omaha. It will have you laughing and wondering how he can be so funny,satyrical and entertaining all at the same time
For me it's a tie between two favorites, both so-called "classic" authors: Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy. When I was in high school it was Stephen King.
King--his creative, original, id-piercing stories. Giant Bat/Rats. Aliens only smokers can see. A finger sprouting out a sink one night. What's not to love?
Austen--I guess somewhere inside of me is an 18th century English girl waiting to be free *snicker* or maybe I just love the language and the cleverness.
Hardy--because he's sensual, mysterious, and pessimistic. Like me *smirk*.
One of my favorites is Connie Willis, whose work ought to be taught in high school. What I love about her writing... besides the characters themselves, who are wonderful... is the way form and content work together. The structure of her novels tends to reflect and underscore the plot in ways that make the experience especially vivid.
Jeff Long. His books include The Descent, The Ascent, Deeper, The Reckoning, among others. He writes beautifully and it's sortof mystical while being a story that's very real world and vivid. He's just amazing.
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