questionswhat is your favorite novel/author?

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Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

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Very difficult to name only one author and one book. I love to read; read a lot. I enjoy many different books and authors. Michener is one of my favorites.

Always at the top of my favorites and reread list:

The Old Man and the Boy, Robert Ruark

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

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Top of my list would be Robert Heinlein, especially his books involving Lazarus Long. But there are literally hundreds lined up right behind him. I'm a voracious reader, particularly anything Sci-Fi.

I have favorite authors for different moods, too - sometimes I'm looking for something I can get through during a relatively short flight or train ride. A book I can leave on a seat in the terminal for someone else to find. Dean Koontz, J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts - books under either of her names count), Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson or John Saul are all EXCELLENT for this.

So much depends on what kind of books or novels you enjoy.

One of the best reader resources I've ever found is the Literature Map: http://www.literature-map.com/
Type in the name of any author you know you like, and it'll give you a "map" of similar authors. Proximity on the map equals proximity in style.

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There are so many good ones. J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings and the rest of his books. Francine Rivers: A voice in the Wind trilogy - historical fiction; Suzanne Collins, Randy Alcorn's Deadline trilogy - murder, mystery & who done did it; Connor Kostic's Epic trilogy - fantasy, dystopian, futuristic; Diane Mott Davidson - mystery, murder & recipes; Christopher Paolini- YA fantasy.

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I agree with @gizzynubalo, that RAH is probably one of the best SciFi authors out there.

I recently read Spinward Fringe episode 0 (a collection of three books by Randolph Lalonde) and enjoyed it greatly.

I've been downloading the assorted free Kindle books that pop up here. So far, I've read at least a dozen decent to very good books that I would never have even looked at had they not been free.

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Funny you asked this because a friend of mine just posted a list of authors she would read simply because they were the authors. Here's the list of her picks

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Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. Takes forever to get going, then ties together while you aren't paying attention and blows your mind. And it is about the British and French experiences of the French Revolution. And it's Dickens.

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My two favorite works of fiction, the first a novel set during the American Civil War, the second during the Irish "troubles":

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Mountain-Charles-Frazier/dp/B002FL5IZY/ref=cm_rdp_product

Cal by Bernard MacLaverty
http://www.amazon.com/Cal-A-Novel-Bernard-MacLaverty/dp/0393313328

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@dxdn: I do agree with your assessment of 'A Tale...', but Dickens is the last author I would suggest to someone who had just started reading again. grins

I love the stories Dickens weaves, the complexities of the relationships between the characters are especially compelling. But Dickens has to be the most verbose author ever, rivaling even Tolkien. I have never encountered another author who could spend so many words just describing a tea cup.

'Great Expectations' is one of my favorite STORIES of all-time - but I'd rather shoot myself in the foot than actually read it again. And mind, I've read it four times in the last forty years.

I actually think Dickens is a major reason why we have such a hard time getting kids interested in reading. They get one of his works shoved at them in HS and that experience is what they forever associate with reading. They can't appreciate the story itself because it's lost in the cumbersome words.

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@ginawoot: Have you read Trinity by Leon Uris? http://www.amazon.com/Trinity-Leon-Uris/dp/0060827882

It's another historical novel set in Ireland, albeit referencing an earlier point in history. It is an intensely powerful mixture of fact & fiction.

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Classic fiction, A Tale of Two Cities
Modern fiction, Outlander
Modern non-fiction, A Short History of Nearly Everything

I disagree with the comment about kids getting turned off of reading by assigning them Dickens. It was "A Separate Peace" that about did me in during HS. Egads, that novel was horreanus.

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@dreamyvelvet: I'd put 'A Separate Peace' in the same bin with 'Lord of the Flies.' They're books we should probably all read at some point in our lives, but are best left for those who have reached a slightly higher degree of maturity than we'd see in the typical teenager.

I also don't like Knowles' writing style. He's another one who weaves a very deep and compelling tale, but whose method of conveying it just doesn't earn my admiration.

It's probably worth mentioning though that one of my favorite "required readings" from HS was 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,' (the Willetts translation) and draw whatever conclusions you might from that when it comes to my literary opinions. LOL

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Gravity's Rainbow. Thomas Pynchon.

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Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. American Gods is my favorite book.

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Is it bad that I'm 27 and my favorite book(s) are the Harry Potter books? Seriously, can't get enough of them.

Dragonlance Chronicles are probably second

Dragondoom is probably my 3rd favorite
http://www.amazon.com/Dragondoom-Mithgar-Dennis-L-McKiernan/dp/0451458818/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333370172&sr=8-1

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What, no love for Dostoevsky? :P

Not much of a fiction reader, but always loved Tolkien's books The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and the Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Creighton's Jurassic Park, Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Crane's Red Badge of Courage.

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P.G. Wodehouse. He was an early 20th Century British Humorist. He's the guy who came up with the Jeeves the Butler character.

Basically anything by him is fantastic. Most are short stories, so it's always an easy read even when you don't have much time.

For a great collection, check out "A Wodehouse Bestiary" which are all stories that somehow involve animals.

Examples of some great Wodehouse quotes from his writings:

"He blinked, like some knight of King Arthur's court, who, galloping to perform a deed of derring-do, has had the misfortune to collide with a tree."

"He was white and shaken, like a dry martini."

"The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun."

"Pongo shuddered, accordingly, and in addition to shuddering uttered a sharp quack of anguish such as might have proceeded from some duck which, sauntering in a reverie beside a duck-pond, had inadvertently stubbed its toe on a broken soda-water bottle."

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I don't really have a favorite writer, but The Outsiders is probably my favorite book of all time.

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It varies depending on my mood, as others have said. David Weber is always near the top of the list. Great writing, if you like military fiction. Things are starting to get drawn out/losing focus (like Robert Jordan did with Wheel of Time), but still worth reading. You can read the first two books in the Honor Harrington series free. Here's the first one: http://www.baenebooks.com/p-304-on-basilisk-station.aspx

Others (past favorites) would include Harry Turtledove (alternative history), Stephen R. Donaldson (Thomas Covenant), Katherine Kerr, Melanie Rawn, Robin Hobb, and China Mieville (Steampunk). And by past favorites, I mean I tried to track down everything they had ever written (including purchasing Robin Hobb from amazon.co.uk & paying international shipping).

And Prof. Tolkein has to be included, of course. Still have my 30+ year old boxed set of LOTR + The Hobbit.

If Sci-Fi & Fantasy isn't your thing, then pass on by...

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Douglas Adams and the (inaccurately named) trilogy of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.

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The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson is amazing. The attention to detail will stun you when you reach the end.

I also love the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson after RJ's death). But that is a lot of reading.

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Neil Gaiman is currently one of my favorite authors. I have a bit of a crush on him. blush

Some of my favorite books/stories:

The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck
The Man Who was Thursday : A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I have the feeling that these stories all have some common thread, but I can't really put my finger on it, aside from two of them obviously being written by the same author.

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I love Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Love most of his books really. I also love Hemingway, especially his short stories. For YA Harry Potter of course! And I've started reading the Chaos Walking trilogy, pretty cool so far!

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My favorite authors are Stephen King and Orson Scott Card.

My favorite book, though, is "Stranger in A Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein. His "Starship Troopers" is also fantastic, and pretty much nothing like the movie.

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Terry Pratchett really almost anything he wrote, but his team up with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, was pretty amazing.

Pratchett, Gaiman, and Adams are pretty much my triumvirate of awesome at the moment.

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Kinda fun to go through and upvote almost all of these, but....

Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein