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30th November 2005, 8:13 AM
Wanted to make a thread here for ages. *winkage*

Well, this thread pretty much explains itself, and I feel it is appropriate for a facfiction forum. Are there any (real life) authors or books that you admire, or inspire you to write the way you do? Would you recommend any?


Brian Jacques. He is my no.1 favourite author of all time. If you haven't read any of his books yet, I suggest you do. The books are amazing. Here's a link to his website, if any are interested. http://www.redwall.org

I also find Tamora Pierce, R.L Stine, Emily Rodda, Lemony Snicket, Meg Cabot and Phillipa Gregory inspiring in their own ways.

What about you? Did any real-life authors inspire you to want to write?


30th November 2005, 8:16 AM
You like Lemony Snicket too? Yes! Cause I love it too.

Well, I love:

Lemony Snicket, J.K. Rowling and a few others. I need to look for the books I love. *Goes to search* I used to like Enid Blyton when I was young, but I grew old for it now. Now *searches again*

30th November 2005, 8:32 AM
I on't consider myself to be purposely inspired by other authors... but some inspiration must have leaked from then. Ew, that sounds gross.

Claie Bell is one I really like. She wrote the "Ratha's Creature" series, 4 books (I have yet to read the fourth, the third is my favorite). Ratha's Creature is actually a book recommended for younger readers (pre-teen or early teen I soppose), but the author was able to pull off animal mating without making it too graphic.

30th November 2005, 1:53 PM
Micheal Crichton. He's absolutely my favorite author and I have yet to read a book of his I haven't liked. I'm still looking for Sphere, but I think that's it.
His books are written for an older crowd, but if you like the suspenseful evironments and technothriller of any sort then you've got to read his books. He's even got a few hospital ones that are insanely good simply because he makes everything so realistic and knows all the real terms to use and everything. He's also got a couple of mystery-like novels, but I just like them all so far.

30th November 2005, 3:52 PM
Stephen King, Charles De Lint, Neil Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut...etc, etc. All three write the types of stories which I love-- horror, surrealism, urban fantasy, satire of mankind itself, etc. Though I would NOT reccomend any of those for people in the 14-or-less crowd. Lots of mature themes, and sexual themes in several of the authors' stories (particularly in Block and Gaiman's.)

intergalactic platypus
30th November 2005, 4:04 PM
ok, this will make me sound uncultured...but stephen king. i effing <3 that guy. all of his books are original, and his writing talents are underestimated. really more people should respect him [/fangirl]

30th November 2005, 4:06 PM
R.A. Salvatore is a must for any reader of fantasy.. Troy Denning is another favorite (especially The Twilight Giants Trilogy).

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is quite possibly the greatest book I have ever read.. though you really have to appreciate symbolism and heavily thematic literature to understand and enjoy it.

And then of course I enjoy all of those old, boring: authors: William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Edgar Allen Poe, Jonathan Swift, Herman Melville, H.G Wells, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Geoffery Chaucer, Andrew Marvell, Percy Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Flannery O'Connor, William Wordsworth, George Orwell, Ambrose Bierce, Ben Johnson, George Herbert, John Keats, etc.

Seijiro Mafuné
30th November 2005, 4:09 PM
Orlando Paes. He's making a great legacy about a christian family that will span the eras with the tale of Angus MacLachlan.

Also, let's not forget Jostein Gaarder, the philosopher. Read some of his books whenever you can (I recommend The Orange Girl, if you actually want something less philosophical (although I think that's stupid)).

30th November 2005, 4:49 PM
I on't consider myself to be purposely inspired by other authors... but some inspiration must have leaked from then. Ew, that sounds gross.

Claie Bell is one I really like. She wrote the "Ratha's Creature" series, 4 books (I have yet to read the fourth, the third is my favorite). Ratha's Creature is actually a book recommended for younger readers (pre-teen or early teen I soppose), but the author was able to pull off animal mating without making it too graphic.

What? Someone actually made an appropriate describtive sex scene? Up until now, I didn't think that was even possible. Well, as soon as I find this book, I'm going to read it. *puts aside the nessacary amount of money. (Uh, BTW, how much do you think that is?)* I've read too many a story that had sex scenes that were quite inappropriate and gave sex a bad name. As soon as I read this, I'm sure it'll be quite a change.

Anyways, one I would recommend is Dave Pelzer. If you haven't heard of him, I highly suggest you read his books. (A Child Called "It", The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave) They are about his life. Now, that may sound corny, but what if I told you he was one of the most abused children in the cases of abused children in California history? Sounds interesting now, doesn't it? He was abused physically, emotionally and spiritually throughout his life. (You wouldn't even believe the "publishing abuse" he had to go through to make his book a reality. *sadly sighs* it just seems like the world was against him and he did nothing more than live it.)

"A Child Called 'It'" is about his life from 4-12. (Note: This is from the back of the book. Yes, I have read it myself. Yet, I find it rather difficult to describe. As proof, my own comments are in ( ).) He was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played torturous, unpredictable games - games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. (At one point, his mother starved him for 7 days just as a punishment. All he had through that time was nothing more than the crust of a pie piece.) The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. (His mother actually made everyone believe she was a "nice" mom. One that found abuse a sin.) He had nothing and no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive - dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

Through each struggle you'll find yourself enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the truth about child abuse - and the ability we all have to make a difference.

(Trust me, despite the violence and language, this book is well worth reading. In fact, the book has inspired me to put such a thing into "The Deadliest Tournament." You'll definately see how well I know the story when I put this into my fic. (Note: at this point, I want to use the word "it," but the word sounds so wrong now.))

"The Lost Boy" depicts his life from 12 to 18. (Once again, from the back of the book. And yes, I have read the book. And yet again I will provide my own comments as proof at certian points.) Imagine a young boy who has never had a home. His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. His only world is isolation and fear. Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother, the real hurt is just beginning - he has no place to call home.

This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequal to A Child Called "It." Answers will be exposed and new adventures revealed in this compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-child - a foster child (Note: People call a foster child an F-child if they don't feel them worthy of being one of the family.) - young David experiences the instability of moving in and out of five different homes. Those who feel that all foster kids are trouble - and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a real family - resent his presence and force him to suffer shame. (He had to steal just to be found popular among his schoolmates. He didn't want to do it, but he wanted friends. Yet, even with that, you'll see that he had ZERO friends in his teen years.) Tears and laughter, devastation and hope: all create the journey of this little lost boy who desperately searches for the love of a family. (He does get one eventually, but nearly too late in his life. He's almost 18 at that point and he hasn't learned all the lessons needed to survive out there.)

Though many in society ridicule the foster-care system and social-service fields, Dave Pelzer is a living testament to the necessity of their existence. Whether you are a fan of the author or picking up his work for the first time, The Lost Boy is a sequal that will move you and stand alone as a shining inspiration to all. (What he goes through here, you won't believe.)

"A Man Named Dave" depicts his life from 18 to 36. (Note: This one is my own statement. I have yet to finish the book. Sadly, I have lost such a thing. If I can not ever find it, I will buy it with my own money and pick up where I left off. I promise to the world, I WILL FINISH THIS BOOK.) Now out on his own, Dave goes through every little thing an adult does: Marriage and family. However, it is not as happy as you may think. The family he left behind is abused by his mother and beg him to be saved. Yet he knows he can do nothing to save them. His wife finds it difficult to love him. He is constantly abused by the torture of his past, which often asks him to abuse his offspring. To top it off, he finds it hard to forgive his mother. Which he knows that if he doesn't, he will become her.

"A Man Named Dave" is a one of a kind story that brings you through the spirital abuse he went through as an adult. From leaving the one he actually considered FAMILY, all the way up to, IIRC, where he has a nine year old son. (Back then I used to spoil myself and look at the ending part way through. Fanfics have taught me alot about patience.)

Dave Pelzer is a living example that proves that if you just truely believe in your dreams, they will come true.

Trust me, these stories are worth reading. You won't regret it in the end.

I guess that this is what has inspried me to write the main majority of my stories. Stories that hurt your heart and soul. Stories that reflect the sadness in the world. I believe that if I never read these stories, I wouldn't be the author I am today.

Amazing how such stories can be a part of your life, huh?

30th November 2005, 5:33 PM
Finally! Anyway, here are my favourite books and authors... *goes and looks at bookshelf*

Tamora Pierce. A truly brilliant author. The first book of hers I read was Tricksters Choice, which had me hooked immediatly. From there I have read the Song of the Lioness quartet, the Immortals quartet, (which is where I got insperation for Domegos personality) and finally the Protector of the small, although I need to read the last one. When ever I look for it at a bookstaore, it's sold out. :(

Harry Potter!! Surely one of the greatest series ever. I don't really like the movies though, they twisted the plot to much for my liking, left to much out. I don't have anything else to say, except it ROCKS.

Where would we be without Artemis Fowl? An absolutely ingenius book, that combines magic with real life, action, and mystery. I have enjoyed every single one, and I cannot wait for more. It is written by Eoin Colfer, and is a must read. :)

All hail Garth Nix! Another great author, who can pack quite a punch with his Abhorsen series. I got inspiration from Lireal for my fanfic, it is the second and is my favorite by far. The keeper of the keys is good also, but cannot breach the awesomeness barrier. He knows how to write a good story, and they are must reads. I sttrongly recommend Sabriel, it is a perfect mix of Death, adventure, mystery, and a little bit of romance. For teenagers at the lower rungs of the age ladder. (12/13/14+)

Eragon... My best best best favourite book. Christopher Paolini is off to a great start with his Inheritence trilogy. I can't say anything more about it, except READ IT!!

Nearly forgot, the series of Unfortunate events. Miserable, and funny in a sad way. A very good read. I have the twwelfth, but I am already reading Terry Pratchet.

Terry Pratchet! The king of comedy. I am currently on Moving Pictures. He was sneaky, not dividing them up into chapters, because I keep on reading, and reading, and reading, promising myself that I will stop at the next chapter. Of course, as there isn't any, I end up staying up until one in the morning before I can finally put it down. XD

Two more to go, now! Debi Glori's Pure Dead magic series. It may be for younger readers, but it is a delightfully humourus series that combines fantasy, magic, sibling rivalry, dragons, actra. I perfect book to read when you are feeling low.

And Finaly, last but not in the slightest the least... *drummroll* Jonothan Stroud! Author of one of the best Trilogies of all time, he sure knows how to write. His Bartimaeus trilogy is wonderful, it surely is. It is written from a Demons point of view, Bartimaeus of course, and is very funny. I can't say anything else about it, except read the first book: The Amulet of Samarkand.

Well, that's my lot. My favourite books. I really recommend them. :)

30th November 2005, 6:06 PM
Well, I like the Harry Potter books and adore A Series of Unfortunate Events like xXSapphireXx. A Series of Unfortunate Events has just my type of humour. The sixth book was my favorite... although I did love the seventh and like the eighth and ninth too. And obviously, there were gems in all the books... I still haven't gotten the twelfth, though. ><;

30th November 2005, 7:03 PM
Well, I obviously reccomend the Harry Potter series to anyone who hasn't read it. And guys, believe me when I say that the books are waaaay better than the movies.

I'm with Typhlogirl when I say that Brain Jacques is an amazing writer. His Redwall series is amazing and great for anyone who wants to live 'the simple life'.
The Silverwing books are great as well. I really loved reading them and 'seeing' from the point of view of a bat.
I really enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a witty book full of all kinds of twists and puns that make you grin. Typhlogirl, I swear, this is your kind of series!
The Crysalids is an all right book that I based my fic off of. If you like mutatnts, radiation and psychic powers, this is the book for you.
Lemony Snicket is also a brilliant writer whose series of unfortunate events are a must-read if you're feeling a litle down. ''It's always better to think of someone who's worse off than you,'' as someone in a book I really hated once said.

Speaking of crappy books, NEVER EVER read The Wasp Factory.


30th November 2005, 10:22 PM
Well, I'm a big Tolkein fan. His books aren't an easy, light read but they're exciting and meaningful, and worth putting time into if you're really looking for something with depth. The way he incorporates symbols and ideas is very good, and past The Fellowship (which is really quite boring, I won't lie, and initially turned me off to the series) the books are exciting. And seeing the movie doesn't count :P

I've also come to like Nathaniel Hawthorne a lot, though my English teacher is making Scarlet Letter a hell to read. I really recommend Ethan Brand and Young Goodman Brown.

Whoo, I got through a post without dissing... well... :X

30th November 2005, 10:37 PM
I like Lemony Snicket as well, but I admire and sorta base my writing around JK Rowling.
Harry Potter = Life, I have read each book 9 times.

1st December 2005, 12:28 AM
Forgot somebody.

Roald Dahl (His Books are good)

Yeah, and Dragonfree, is the twelth book out already? *Goes to check a Series of Unfortunate Events's Website* Oh no! *Begs mother for an early Christmas Present*

Me myself love the Fifth Book and Eleventh and tons of them. I'll check for more before posting here. I love the 3rd Book of Harry Potter and almost all of Roald Dahl's Books. Till Then.

intergalactic platypus
1st December 2005, 12:59 AM
im also a big fan of anyn rand. if you have a remote interest in philosophy and society, read the fountainhead and atlas shrugged. those are true classics. and theres a guy named james frey who wrote a memoir called a million little pieces which was extremely powerful and definitley worth reading. basically, its about his stint in rehab. he was a drug addict wanted for several crimes and almost dead from the abuse to his body. he was alienated from his family, had ruined his relationships with most people he knew, and lived for drugs. he was sent to rehab after being so high off crack he fell off a fire escape and smashed his face up. basically, this is a rather graphic and extremely honest recollection of his recovery and treatment in hazelton, a very very famous clinic to my knowledge, and how he put his emotional problems back together

1st December 2005, 1:21 AM
Lets see, time to cash in on the ole memory banks...Um, anything by Ray Bradbury, Hawthorne I can withstand (to a point), Steinbeck, Twain, and definitely Harper Lee. ^_^ Not that I haven't read Harry Potter and Redwall and such; they are good reads, but don't really stick out in my mind.

1st December 2005, 1:26 AM
Writers that inspire me are Lemony Snicket, Garth Nix(the best writer in the world!!!!) D.J. Machale(The other best writer in the world!!!) David Clement-Davies, G.P Taylor, J.K Rowling and Stephen D. Sullivan

P.S. I read the twelth book od Series of Unforunate Events, it is awesome!!!!! You would never guess what will happen!

Hidden Mew
1st December 2005, 1:26 AM
I have a ton of books in my bookshelf. Most of them aren't in a series, but they are fine gems to find and read. I've read The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper a few years ago and they were pretty good fantasy series. I have also read Gail Tsukiyama's series with the Women of the Silk and its sequal, The Language of Threads. Both were great, but a few sad moments towards the end of both books. Over the summer, I finished Isabel Allende's first triology for young readers, which were City of the Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forests of the Pygmies. Most of the reviews I saw for these books weren't positive, but I enjoyed them for the imagery and the powerful story line in them. In that triology, I would recommend the Kingdom of the Golden Dragon. It is the best one out of all three. Just a few months ago, I finished Eldest by Christopher Paolini in his second book in his Inheritence trilogy. I loved that book and Eragon so much. The dragons, the story, and the character growth is amazing.

As authors, I have a couple of books by Maeve Binchy like Quentins, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road. I liked Quentins more than the other two, but I was drawn into her books because they're set in Ireland and I'm Irish so it fit. I have read some of Isabel Allende's other works like House of the Spirits and I just finished Zorro: A Novel. Both books were great to read. I've read two of Charles Dickens's books: Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. I'm not sure which is better, but both are excellente. I've read a couple of Jack London's books like Call of the Wild and White Fang. Both wonderful books for dog people, but there are a few sad and/or scary moments. All of the other books I have are one time books, such as The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, which is another great book.

I got most of my desire to be a writer by reading so many different kinds of books. I saw what beautiful worlds their words tapped into and felt like I could get into those places through their works. I also heard how Christopher Paolini could write a great book like Eragon before getting out of college and I thought that I could do that too. Now, I write every chance that I get and I get such a wonderful feeling every time I write.

Now, people can tell that I really love to read and write from this. I really need a new bookself. I'm like the only person in my whole English class that actually looks foreword to reading.

1st December 2005, 1:31 AM
Same for me, Hidden Mew. I read for at least an hour each night before bed. I think you would really enjoy The Otori trilogy, by Lian Hearn. The first one is 'Across the Nightingale Floor.' :)

I can't believe I forgot Tolkien.. He isn't on my bookshelf, you see. I take it out of the library. Yeah, The Fellowship is very boring. On the two towers, I kinda skip the Frodo and Sam bits when ever I can. It just sends me to sleep.

I remembered a different Author! Lian Hearn, and his Otori trilogy. Across the Nightingale Floor is a touching book set in Japan before it came into contact with the western world. An epic tale of romance, tradegy, war, betrayal, and lots of adventure. :) And magic, an added bonus.

Have I forgotten any others?... *Thinks hard*

For girls, TTYL. A really nice book, for teenage girls. A nice read.

Sugar Rush. A book about a girl who falls in love with another girl. A very good story.

The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan. The first in a brilliant trilogy that will capture your heart. A must read, I can guarantee that most of you will love it.

1st December 2005, 1:40 AM

Dan Brown, guys. Three words. The DaVinci Code. Two Words: Digital Fortress. EFFING WEIRDEST BOOKS EVAR! Though rooted in science so much it is teh awesome. Dumb protagonists, but still.

Kurt Vonnegut OMFG CATS CRADLE=SECKS. Most of his books have been turned into movies as well. BOKONISM FOREVAR!!111oneseven. *Hugs Scrap* KURT=LIFE!

Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha is truly one of the most moving books I have ever read. I was, of course, a tad young for it when I read it...(Around thirteen,) but I was deeply impacted by the writing, plot, and the characters. An excellent book. I hope the movie can stay true to the artwork that is Memoirs.

D: Will think of more later. *dance*

+Chaos Blade+
1st December 2005, 1:40 AM
Steven Pressfield [Novels: Gates of Fire, Tides of War*] - He writes Historical Fiction novels. If you are a fan of warfare, blood, gore, and profanity, mainly more of a masculine theme, as well, this is great if you want to learn more about battle descriptions. It's 431 pages, more or less, and revolves around a helot, who lost his citizenship of Sparta after it was destroyed. Simply a superb writer
J.K. Rowling [Novels: The Harry Potter series] - Jo, J.K. Rowling's, style is unique. In Book [Year] I, it is written at a fifth/sixth-grade level, as Harry Potter was ten/eleven-yeared as he was enrolled into Hogwarts. As the series got more involved, Jo's writing style adapted to what was known as, in my own words, "relationship writing", in which the writer adapts to the novel itself, and evolves with the novel.
Octavia E. Butler [Novel: Kindred] - If you are in dire need of description and emotion involvement, delve into the world of the ante bellum south, in which a black woman, Dana, goes back in time to save her own self by saving a white man. This book also helps with character development and description. This is a fantastic read, yet quite expensive for a paperback - $14 dollars U.S.

* Not read yet, yet recommended by critics.

1st December 2005, 2:25 AM
Well, there are several authors whose work I adore. I love Dianna Wynne Jones' plots, for example, and she's one of my most favorite authors. I also love Terry Pratchett, Michael Chrichton, and Jonathan Stroud.

I used to be big on Jacques and McCaffrey, but I've sorta outgrown those books, I guess. I also used to be a rabid Animorphs fan.

1st December 2005, 3:32 AM
Oooh, this is my kind of thread!

Okay, favourite authors. Tolkein, definately on top of the list; I guess of everything I've read, his utter detail, his mythology, is what inspires me the most (especially his little story on the making of the world, at the beginning of the Silmarillion. Fantastic.). I'm also a huge fan of David Eddings, JK Rowling, Joanne Bertin and Elizabeth Hayden for fantasy writers, but I also love a good Frank E. Peretti book now and then (he's a Christian writer), especially 'This Present Darkness'. Emily Rodda is good too, especially when I feel like a nice, short book; same with K.A. Applegate, though I usually go for her Animorphs series.

I loved Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga, C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia... oh, and I absolutely adore Watership Down, by Richard Adams... and the Elvenbane series, by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey. Ooh, and for comedy, the Red Dwarf series is brilliant; Rob Grant and Doug Naylor have a way with crazy humour that is just fantastic (I reckon you'd love 'em, Saber). And I like Micheal Crichton's Jurassic Park and Lost World...

Oh, yeah, do comics count? Hunh, well, we all need a laugh now and then, so they're classified as 'books' in my book, lol. Calvin and Hobbes is my most recent attachment, but Asterix, Hagar the Horrible, B.C, The Wizard of Id and Footrot Flats are all classics that I grew up on. Wow, that makes me sound old... oh, and Fred Basset! Can't forget him!

And I have to admit, I really liked reading Shakespeare for school... I think I was about the only one of the class who did.

*cough* anyway... I'd better stop here, lol. Yeah... I like reading... you guys have mentioned tons of books I've been intending to read - like Eragon and the DaVinci Code, to name a couple... I should really look out for them.

Eternal Daydreamer
1st December 2005, 4:48 AM
An author thread? Awesome! I got a few.

Lynne Read Banks - Remember the Indian in the Cupbard series? She did a good job of writing it!!!!

Gaston Leroux - For a dead french guy, he got one of the most popular fads going. The Phantom of the Opera! He was the guy that got the book out that started a pheonomen. Exe: Movies, musicals, even other books!!!

K.A. Applegate - She was pretty good at writing Animorphs. Too bad it ended...

Robert Jordan - Eh, I never finished the first book but I did finish the prologue book. Problem is: the books are WAY too long!

Tolkien - Not for Lord of the Rings, I assure you. I liked The Hobbit the best. My dad got me hooked. ;)

J.K. Rowling - Need I say more?

Roald Dahl - For a childrens author, he wrote some pretty deep symbolic stuff! His story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for example, all the kids repersented a part of humanity!

Brian Jacques - Redwall although one-sided is pretty good. Very descriptive and exciting.

Those are some of my faves.

1st December 2005, 4:54 AM

Yes, I love:

Lemony Snicket : In my opinion Snicket is one of the best writers. He isn't that big into to much decription but he makes it short and sweet. And he always seems to have something original from hypnotisim to putting someones mother in an evidence bin.

J.K. Rowling : I Just plain love that woman. Her books are so well put togathers and depicted that it's just amazing. Her characters have life to them. I wish I could right like that. Her books I can't put down.

Meg Cabot : Okay, I know they're directed toward girls, but they are just really good. The Princess Diaries series is just amazing. I don't care what you say, they're brilliant!

C.S Lewis : His Narnia Series is just brilliant. I just discovered his books about five years ago and I still read them.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Have any of you guys read her works. They're brilliant because they really happend. The Little House Series depicts true life on the frontier back in the early 19th century. Just amazing.

Roald Dahl OMG! He writes just whatever. It's an entire world of imagingation but he writes it as if it could really happen. Yes, my third fave authors.

That's all for now.

As always, be kind to the mime.

1st December 2005, 1:58 PM
OMG! I can't believe I forgot the Phantom of the Opera!! I loved that book!

1st December 2005, 3:28 PM
Ah, yes, Roald Dahl. I both love his children's books and some of his short stories are just brilliant. Heh, he's so twisted...

1st December 2005, 5:21 PM
I forgot CS Lewis. A true writer. I love his Narnia series, I read the 'Horse and His Boy' Again from time to time. My favourite has to be the: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. Such an imagintive mind he must have had to create such a brilliant new world... I hope I am half as good as he is someday.

Hidden Mew
2nd December 2005, 1:08 AM
Same for me, Hidden Mew. I read for at least an hour each night before bed. I think you would really enjoy The Otori trilogy, by Lian Hearn. The first one is 'Across the Nightingale Floor.' :)

That does sound really interesting. I'll be going to a bookstore this weekend, so I may start reading this trilogy. Thanks katiekitten.:) I sometimes get too busy to read, but I read a lot on the weekends.

I also forgot another series that I'm still reading. Its the All Creatures Great and Small seires by James Herriot. The titles are from this one poem and each new book has the next line. I've only read two of his books and they are really good. They are based on his experience as a vet in the Yorkshire dales. James goes different stories in each chapter, but that makes it even more interesting. They are a great read for those who enjoy reading about animals. This thread is so great and cool.

30th December 2005, 3:30 PM
First off, my apologies for bumping this thread, I meant to reply sooner, but kinda forgot.

Ambrose Bierce

Dias, I am pleasantly surprised that anybody here appreciates Bierce, as his works catered to a mature audience(Not saying that members here cannot handle it, but that they may not have heard of it, have little interest in the subject etc). I must say that The Devil's Dictionary was a piece of cynical brilliance.

Where would we be without Artemis Fowl? An absolutely ingenius book, that combines magic with real life, action, and mystery. I have enjoyed every single one, and I cannot wait for more. It is written by Eoin Colfer, and is a must read.

Agreed. Incredibly sophisticated work, and the sharp, british style humour is apparent no matter which of the four books one reads. Doomed to be compared to the HP series, and while Hp is brilliant in its way with sales proving so, Artemis Fowl is an excellent anti-hero, and the supporting cast is quirky and endearing in their own individual ways. I tip my hat to Colfer, and hope to see Holly and Artemis in action again soon. Hopefully the character balance that anchored the first book will be back once again.

Well, I'm a big Tolkein fan. His books aren't an easy, light read but they're exciting and meaningful, and worth putting time into if you're really looking for something with depth. The way he incorporates symbols and ideas is very good, and past The Fellowship (which is really quite boring, I won't lie, and initially turned me off to the series) the books are exciting. And seeing the movie doesn't count :P

Well, most people know LOTR through the movies, so that would not be too fair. For me, the most poignant piece of the WOTR(war of the rings) triology was the part Gollum played in the one ring's destruction, and the foreshadowng acheived by Gandalf's quote in FOTR. Yep, that quote!

However, the books which we have NOT seen on the big screen, and will likely never see, are Tolkien's better works. The Hobbit is paced much better, and is succintly light-hearted, with a great chance of making it to the big screen. The same cannot be said of the Sil and the other releases which plugged the plot holes offered by each's companion books. Poetically written, with an endearing sense of grandeur pervading throughout, but also a touch of tragedy, and a sense of helplessness and despair. IMO, the best fantasy war was set in the Sil. Nirnaeth Arnoediad, battle of unnumbered tears, completely owns every WOTR battle. Characters like Turin, Hurin, Beren, Fingolfin, Feanor etc grappled with dragons and balrogs, when one of the latter caused the demise of Gandalf the Grey in FOTR, which should give anyone a sense of the scale involved in those books. The reason why they cannot translate onto the screen is the scale, and fragmented style, and that Hollywood is bound to take liberties with the plot. A certain Tom Bombadil never appeared, while Arwen replaced Glorfindel( the sole link between the Sil and LOTR, save Galadriel) as the one who raised the river at Rivendell, the ghosts never made it to Pelennor Fields, etc.

I've read a couple of Jack London's books like Call of the Wild and White Fang

Both brilliant, esp the latter.

I have are one time books, such as The Life of Pi by Yann Martel,

Completely agree with this.

Dan Brown, guys. Three words. The DaVinci Code. Two Words: Digital Fortress.

I am going out on a limb and state that the DaVinci Code movie is going to be a commercial hit, but likely a critical failure. Reason? A lot of what Brown wrote about is fictional, ie religiously untrue. About the only thing he got right in the DaVinci Code was the placement of the curator's body in terms of the magical sigil. Research and some knowledge about religion proves a lot of his work likely untrue. Most importantly, visual elements are a poorer way to communicate leaps of logic, which the book manages to cover pretty well. Still a bloody good work, and I go out on another limb to recommend.

Deception Point makes a better movie, once you take all the elements into account. However, who else saw the ending from a mile away?

Angels and Demons had a cult which is better illustrated, ie the Illuminati. Tomb raider completely ruined their image, but Brown rescues it. Langdon is also more believable and instinctive in this one, while he plods along a little in the DaVinci. I cant say I know a lot about the Hashish users, apart from the fact that the former is a drug which a medical friend saw fit to describe boringly the other day. Extremely interesting, though.

Other books of a similar genre are "The Assassini" and "The Rule of Four". The former is a lot like Brown's works, but slower in progression, and uses narration.

Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha is truly one of the most moving books I have ever read. I was, of course, a tad young for it when I read it...(Around thirteen,) but I was deeply impacted by the writing, plot, and the characters. An excellent book. I hope the movie can stay true to the artwork that is Memoirs.

Brilliant book, but not so brilliant movie prospect, IMO. Some things can only be captured in print, and vice versa. Can you imagine Sin City as a book (ie not a visual novel)?

C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia

Unfortunately, the movie was pretty poor and failed to capture the magic, huh? Kong was a much better movie.

Roald Dahl OMG! He writes just whatever. It's an entire world of imagingation but he writes it as if it could really happen.

Haha, a childhood fav of mine, too. "The wonderful world of Henry Sugar" is great.

ok, this will make me sound uncultured...but stephen king.

No way are you uncultured. Anyone who reads horror should at least respect the man. Some of his psychology is simply breathtaking, no matter whether he deals with weight loss in "Thinner", or firestarters in "Carrie" or simply shows his brilliance in "Pet Semetary". "skeleton crew" rounds off the highlight reel.

"The eyes of the dragon" is not really horror, but is a medieval, fantastical thriller. Shows King's flexibility. Did I miss the Stand? Sorry, throw that in as well.

The other title I have to go on about a little is "It", IMO King's best novel. I will never forget big Bill screaming "Hi-yo Silver!", or Beverly defeating the werewolf thing. Or Pennywise's "down here, everybody floats" quote. God, the way King wrote about the malleabilities of a child's mind, and the ramifications of imagination, the differentials between adulthood and childhood, and the group finally returning to defeat "IT" really left an indelible mark on my mind.

Many authors like Paolini, Snickets, Rowling, Pratchet etc have already been named, and I will not touch too much on them. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" makes one laugh and tear at the same time. Lovecraft, my personal inspiration and the convoluted reason why I write the way I do, was the one who invented horror, together with Poe. Me salutes him. Milton's and Dante's poetry on the christian religion have also had a huge impact on me, even though I am not a christian, and I recommend them.

My last recommendation is an ode of sorts to the horror genre. To any who like King's writing and the horror genre in general MUST give Richard Laymon a try. I understand that he was always more popular in the UK than the US, but his novels are always taut, page-flipping splatterings of gore and violence. I believe that I have never turned pages so quickly, and the urge to flip to the back page never seems stronger than when I read this guy's work. He takes the horror envelope and pushes it further than even King dares. Laymon's streak of violence headlines his books, but the single strongest driving force of any Laymon novel is his superb charcterisations. Some of his characters stick so firmly in one's mind that I can probably write dossiers on them. He utilised both third person and narration, and his female characters always seem a lot more driven and faceted than their male counterparts.

His supernatural novels are generally more violent than his mundane novels. the best of said lot is IMO "The traveling vampire show", a novel about three friends who want to catch a traveling group that supposedly has a female vampire in captivity. The only thing which disturbed me was the rushed ending, but the feel was extremely taut, and characterisation was superb. Slim, a female from the novel, is particularly memorable, and Dwight, the narrator, is very decent as well.

Anyone who loved 28 days later should catch "One rainy night", about a downpour which converts anyone touched into a bloodthirsty psycho. One scene outside a cinema is worth the book price. You can also catch several odes to NOTLD and other horror flicks from the 1970s. "In the dark" is another psychological thriller that shows Laymon's range and skill, as a young woman unravels clues in a game she is involved in with MOG(master of games), with cash incentives increasing with each clue unravelled and mission accomplished. As the cash incentive increases, the physical danger to the female protaganist increases during the actual undertakings of the missions, as well as the moral sacrifices she has to make. Of course, there is no way of backing out, as the reader would quickly find.

Oh and "Dreadful Tales", a compilation of horror shorts, is addictively page-turning, more so than King's compilations. Some of the stories are downright bloody and sick, but Laymon turns those pages faster than most other authors, and "Dreadful Tales" never relents on the pace. There is a superior ode to "The cannibal holocaust", THAT particular film which screwed its director twice over in the movie industry, and is one of the most disturbing social commentaries ever.

On a further note, Laymon's novels mostly contain graphic images of gore, and he pulls no punches, and spares no tact at all. There is always a sexual connotation, usually in a pretty sick manner in his novels. What Laymon does exceedlingly better than any other writer is his ability to portray sick, demented characters such that the reader actually buys his logic, no matter how far-fetched. No one is fully informed how one of his villains becomes invisible in "beware", but he does his characters so well that they could spout butterfly wings and sing Pavarotti without anyone batting an eyelid. NO MAIN CHARACTER is guaranteed survival, and twists always abound in the last quarter of every book. Unhappy endings lurk everywhere, and as a certain reviewer once said, "for Laymon, blood is never spilt but insteads explodes and splatters", and amen to that. When Dean Koontz and King both voice out about a horror writer's abilities, you get a pretty good picture. Do be forgiving on the sexual undertone and certain leaps of logic, though.

Why the heck am I rambling about Laymon? Call it last respects. To anyone who has read Laymon before, you know what I mean when I speak of his quality. He may not be a better writer overall, compared to some of the abovementioned names, but really really delivers haymaker after haymaker to the reader. And he passed away in 2001, meaning a void in my own horror fix. Sad.

Elemental Charizam
30th December 2005, 11:38 PM
However, the books which we have NOT seen on the big screen, and will likely never see, are Tolkien's better works. The Hobbit is paced much better, and is succintly light-hearted, with a great chance of making it to the big screen.
I think I'm one of the few who doesn't mind the pacing of the books. In fact, I'd hate it if the scourging of the shire was removed (at least, I assume that's your main problem with the pacing) and the books are better for having it in there. I won't ramble on about pacing any longer though :P Suffice to say I like the Hobbit and the LOTR trillogy equally.

While I do prefer the Silmarillion, it is an entirely different kind of book from the other four. Told in a completely different way, more epic in scale, and more exciting and interesting in my opinion.

Other favourites of mine include Terry Prachett, Neil Gaiman, and especially their co-authored book 'Good Omens', Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books, Terry Brooks, David Gemmel, Paul Kearney, Trudi Cannavan and many more....

31st December 2005, 8:48 AM
authors I'd recommend:

Micheal Stackpole (!!!!!!): THE ultimate Star Wars Writer, in my opinion, he set the bar when he started the X-wing series, and has since written a bunch more, including I, Jedi, and even a couple in the (*hiss*) New Jedi Order series (at least he didn't kill Chewie....*pulls out deer rifle and looks to see if Salvatore is anywhere nearby* that's right. R. A. Salvatore. He KILLED CHEWIE!). Plus Stackpole wrote some BATTLETECH (Mechwarrior) stuff!

Meg Cabot: Like Klaus said, she's a great author. I'm a guy, I'm straight, and I read her books. and I'm glad. the Princess Diaries books are WAY better than the movies! Go Boris Pelkowski! Never tuck your shirt in!

Bob Lee: Author of the Wally McDoogle series....heh...sheer insanity with a plot. 'nough said.

Ted Dekker: HAve you read the Circle Trilogy? No? Read Thr3e (no, that isn't a typo)? Read Obsessed? Then shut up and start reading. He is one of THE best writiers I've ever seen.

Frank Peretti: a Christian horror writer. that may seem to be a contradiction in terms, but just wait until you read his books. if they don't sare you, there's something wrong with you. (trivia: he appearerd in the movie based on one of his books: Hangman's Curse)

Lewis: do I really need to say?

Tolkien: same as Lewis

that's all for now...

The Original Celebi
31st December 2005, 8:54 AM
Louis Sachar ''Holes''
Stephen King ''Any Book"

Sike Saner
31st December 2005, 9:20 PM
Fwee, let's see how many of these I actually remember the first time around...

First and foremost:

Favorite book (and author):

Katie Waitman - Whose The Merro Tree is sci-fi/fantasy at its best; a dazzlingly imaginative story about the importance of freedom of artistic expression and love on the deepest level, with an almost exclusively non-human cast. Pure pwnage. READ IT NOW.

Favorite series:

C.J. Cherryh - The Chanur series...yum. Probably the best sci-fi books I've yet encountered, and another universe with an almost exclusively non-human cast. The alien races are incredibly well-realized...and, oh man...the hani kick SO MUCH BUTT. They're cat-people, for frell's sake! ^_^

Other favorite authors:

Brian Jacques: - THE master of anthropomorphism. Frell, I love that guy's work. *hugs Redwall series, hard*

J.K. Rowling: - I didn't think I would get hooked by the Harry Potter series, but I did. Big time.

J.R.R. Tolkien - LOTR = Hell yes. The end.

Saffire Persian
1st January 2006, 12:59 AM
I have plenty to reccomend!

Right now, I really don't have a favorite author... but...

Jonathan Stroud: Brilliant author. I like his books, though I personally favor the first book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy Best. The seconds good, and the third is good; however, the ending of the third..is..erm.. wrong, just wrong. XD

Eoin Colfer : I've only read his Artemis Fowl series, but I will say this, they're something to die for. If only Harry Potter wasn't around... *cough* Personally, I like Artemis better 'n' Harry.

J.R.R Tolkein: LOTR. "Nuff said.

C.S Lewis: Author of Narnia. Again, self explanatory.

Michael Ende : For The Neverending Story , which BTW, is much better than the kids movie. ^^. Nicely written, though I haven't read it in years.

David Eddings : For The Sight and Fire Bringer I love how his books are in the POV of animals.

Brian Jaques: Anthropmorph King, yes? I love all his Redwall books, though in my opinion it's been lagging lately.

Richard Adams : For Watership Down and The Plague Dogs . Wonderful animal perspectives.

Tad Williams : Talechaser's Song The Cat story of all cat stories.. because of that, I love. ^^

Orson Scott Card: His Sci-fi books are amazing. Especially Ender's Game.

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter!

Madeline L'Engle: : For her A Wrinkle In Time Series.

Robert Ludlum: For The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum. . I love those books, he is a master! And it's much, MUCH better than the movie.

Patrick o' Brian : For the Master and Commander series. LOng and tedious, I admit, but the characters in it (The two main, at least) are just wonderful, and he really does a good job.. this may be a bit of historical fiction, which I don't like much, but I did like these books.

Lloyd Alexander: All his books, though he's best known for The Chronicles of Prydain. He's one of the best Fantasy authors.

Dick King-Smith: He may be a children's author, but his books have never lost their shine! He wrote Babe: The Gallant Pig, and many other animal POV books. Wonderful books that I loved as a kid.

Andrew Davidson: : For Godhanger .. I read it when I was little, but I love it to death.. Animal book perspective.. somewhat of an allegory on Christ, like the chronicles of Narnia.

Robin Mckinly: Robin's books are awesome, but The Hero and the Crown is her best Fantasy book.

Garth Nix: Just an awesome writer, his Sabriel still remains my favorite.

There are many more.. but I don't want to bog the thread down more than it already is.

2nd November 2006, 10:58 AM
My favorits:
K.A.Applegate: Her Animorphs books kept me going until the end,and i still find myself drawn back to these books.
Eoin Colfer: His books about Artemis Fowl caught my eyes,and has got me going to save up enough money to buy them all before christmas.
(Those that have come out in Norway.)

2nd November 2006, 1:58 PM
Oh dear, this is a pretty darn serious bump here. Please try not to post in ancient threads, m'kay?

But since it's still a perfectly good thread, I don't find any need to close it.

Malachite Treecko
2nd November 2006, 2:22 PM
Eva Ibbotson: The Journey to River Sea is simply amazng.
Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is pretty funny.
Roald Dahl: Great stories.
CS Lewis: Yeah, Narnia is better than LotR.
Tove Jansson: well, I think I'm a bit too old to read Mumin, I mean Moomin lol but they are great.

EDIT: Also, Dodie Smith's 'The One Hundred and One Dogs - the stroy about the many dalmatians' are a wonderful piece of fiction. Too bad disney destroyed it.

EDIT AGAIN (I read too many books): Hidden Mew, the Life By Pi is also wonderful. First my brother took it, then my mother, and then I and we all love it.

El hariyamer
2nd November 2006, 3:12 PM
Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, The Crying of Lot 49, V.

Strangest and best American author I've ever read. Unduplicatable style.

Iain Banks: A song of stone, Excession, Against a Dark Background.

Both fantasy and science-fiction. Intriguing second-person style.

Milan Kundera: Identity, The unbearable lightness of being.

Identity - easily one of the best novels from Czechoslovakia.

Agota Kristof: Yesterday

Complex character development, very good pacing. Wish they'd make a movie about it.

Marcel Proust: In search of lost time.

One of the defining novels of literature. Bit long, though.

2nd November 2006, 3:23 PM
K.A. Applegate, R.L.Stine, Christopher Pike, and Lemony Snickett are some of my favorites. In fact, R.L. Stine got me interested in writing in the first place.

3rd November 2006, 7:18 PM
My 4 favourite authors are

4. C.S. Lewis-Ive been reading the Narnia series for at least 9 years now and they still havent gotten old.

3. Terry Pratchett-Any of the Discworld books are just hilarious and so random and such great fun.

2. Douglas Adams- Hitch-hikers guide to the Galaxy. A trilogy in 5 parts. Comedy and randomness at its best.

1. Philip Pullman-His Dark Materials trilogy is one of the best trilogies ever written. Simply amazing. Epic and touching all at the same time. Highly recommended.

3rd November 2006, 7:59 PM
The list has changed. XD

Trudi Canavan (http://www.trudicanavan.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=5df3b4303f94c4efb48e3392bec639 b2).

Her work is spectacular. =3

Stepheny Myers (http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/).

Her romance stories inspired the character of mine. =D

4th November 2006, 5:53 AM
Top of the list would have to be J. R. R. Tolkein. The fact that one man became the equivalent of an entire continent in half a century is unbelievable. And, of course, his archaic writing > universe! A must read if you're a serious reader, though it took at least two or three rereadings for me to get the full hang of it.

Then there's Christopher Paolini. It's not easy to pull off a good Medieval Fantasy novel without seeming like a wannabe, but he just completely blew me away with the Inheritance Trilogy, portraying every characteristic and diplomacy masterfully while adding a touch of his own. Good stuff.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling show some of the best plot and character development I've seen yet. She knows somehow exactly what a character would say at the appropriate moment, and the book's never ceased to keep me guessing at every turn of the plot. Needless to say, if you've never read this one, you should definitely try it out!

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events comes next. It's got just the right amount of satire without being too childish or light, and its plot, just like Harry Potter, is one of the few that keep me hooked at every corckscrew. Although I have to admit, the series actually depresses me on some counts.

Dan Brown is pwn. The pulse-pounding twists and turns, meshed inextricably with science of every field never fails to mesmerize me. Angels & Demons, in fact, actually directed me to my dream: to work as a particle physicist at CERN.

Well, that's all I can think of now; I'll be back! (And you pesky kids shall curse the day you ever messed with me! Mwhahahah.)

4th November 2006, 6:14 AM
George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is the best ever. Period.

4th November 2006, 6:27 AM
Lemony Snicket is one of my favorites

JK Rowling (Self-Explanatory)

I liked William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

Roald Dahl when I was younger

*more to be added in*

4th November 2006, 7:20 AM
My favorite authors have not changed much in all my years of reading:
C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, Piers Anthony, Diane Duane, E. B. White, Ray Bradbury, Peter S. Beagle , T. H. White, Bruce Coville, Beverly Cleary, and Douglas Adams to name a few :)

Unlike a lot of people I love to read and reread childrens books and the ones I grew up with (you never truly out grow a good book IMHO), often because they have such fresh ideas that 'adult' novels never write about (My ma has always been into murder mysteries so I have read, seen, and heard so many of those over the years I have grown to hate the killer thriller plots, in which I can usually tell ‘who done it’ from the start :P)

Matt Silver
4th November 2006, 7:22 AM
Tamora Pierce, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Anthony Horowitz, Gary Paulson and Lemony Snicket are the authors whos books I read the most and admire a bit.

Weavile lover23
28th February 2007, 8:38 AM
My fave authors of my fave books are J.R.R Tolkien, J.K Rowling, Anthony Horowitz, Emily Rodda, Deborah Abela and Eoin Colfer

28th February 2007, 1:47 PM
Okay, here are a few I've read and actually liked. I'm sure that the first one everyone's heard of.

1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown-An awesome work of fiction that caused a great contraversy awhile back. I loved it!

2. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham-Probably Grisham's only work that I was able to read without falling asleep to. The movie Christmas with the Kranks wasn't bad either.

3. The Loch by (I think...) Steve Alten-Something that I just happened upon and it turned out to be an awesome Sci-fi/horror piece involving a marine biologist at the end of his career who discovers a mystifying secret about his family's past. It has a lot of swearing and adult content, so I don't recommend it for younger readers, but people over thirteen would enjoy it.

4. Flowers for Algernon-It was a required reading in an English class I had in high school, and sadly, I can't remember the author, but I was a different sci-fi story about a mentally inept person who was given a surgery to enhance his intellect exponentially. It's gets boring in some parts, but definitely worth reading.

Mini Minun
1st March 2007, 7:38 AM
I read a lot of books, and interenet stories, but I've never seen anything that matches Pokemon fanfics in Oddish. (www.oddishgrove.com)

Um...I can't really put a rating on any single book. They're all great. for non-fiction I'd say David McCullough. For fiction, I could give arating for the worst author. the worst author I think of is Christopher Paolini. Paolini's inheritance series is okay, but it lack originality and is too predictable. It takes the fun out of the whole book. I was thinking that this, this, and this is going to happen somewhere earlier and poof. it happens later.