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Re: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?

Post by Halicar » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:04 pm

PhoebeCoco wrote:
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I am in my late 50s - is it too late for me to read and appreciate "Atlas Shrugged"?
Probably. As I mentioned in the "books that changed your life" thread, that book is infamous for being beloved by teenagers. As a manifesto, it's certainly thought-provoking--especially to a young person--but as a novel, it's pretty bad. I would say an adult who has been exposed to a variety of ideologies would be unimpressed.

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Post by gamboolman » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:05 pm

For fun read, recommend the following to start with and if you like it, then there are more behind it
Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

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Post by backpacker61 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:30 am

RobertAlanK wrote:
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shorty313 wrote:
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123 wrote:
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BogleTaxPro wrote:
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Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine. It's NOT science fiction, it's a wonderful depiction of life in small town america.
+1 My favorites as well.
I remember HATING that book in high school English class. Maybe it’s time for a re-read. That and My Antonia were low on my list.
I will say that I loved Dandelion Wine as Bradbury poignantly captured the nostalgic fondness I feel for my childhood growing up near Chicago as he had 20-30 years before.

But for another wonderful option on a related theme but from a different part of the country, I highly recommend the novel Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon.
I recall being very moved by Dandelion Wine when I read it also.
Another one I enjoyed, in a somewhat similar vein, is Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell.
Considered a Canadian classic, growing up on the Saskatchewan prairie.

I also went through a phase of reading many Chekhov short stories.

Not fiction, but my biggest reading project was Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which took me a couple years (I'm not a fast reader).
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Re: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?

Post by backpacker61 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:58 am

shorty313 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:10 am
123 wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:32 pm
BogleTaxPro wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:44 pm
Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine. It's NOT science fiction, it's a wonderful depiction of life in small town america.
+1 My favorites as well.
I remember HATING that book in high school English class. Maybe it’s time for a re-read. That and My Antonia were low on my list.
FWIW, I almost never enjoyed reading for English class, but I loved to read outside English class.
Perhaps try them again when no one is compelling you to read them.
I enjoyed both My Antonia and Oh, Pioneers!.
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Post by Seasonal » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:41 am

Halicar wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:04 pm
PhoebeCoco wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:30 pm
I am in my late 50s - is it too late for me to read and appreciate "Atlas Shrugged"?
Probably. As I mentioned in the "books that changed your life" thread, that book is infamous for being beloved by teenagers. As a manifesto, it's certainly thought-provoking--especially to a young person--but as a novel, it's pretty bad. I would say an adult who has been exposed to a variety of ideologies would be unimpressed.
I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes about books: "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

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Post by av111 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:25 am

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I have to admit to a decades old addiction to anything by John D. Mcdonald. His Travis McGee series in particular.

“I know just enough about myself to know I cannot settle for one of those simplifications which indignant people seize upon to make understandable a world too complex for their comprehension. Astrology, health food, flag waving, bible thumping, Zen, nudism, nihilism—all of these are grotesque simplifications which small dreary people adopt in the hope of thereby finding The Answer, because the very concept that maybe there is no answer, never has been, never will be, terrifies them.”
― John D. MacDonald, A Deadly Shade of Gold: A Travis McGee Novel

“If there was one sunset every twenty years, how would people react to them? If there were ten seashells in all the world, what would they be worth? If people could make love just once a year, how carefully would they pick their mates?”
― John D. MacDonald, One Fearful Yellow Eye: A Travis McGee Novel

"Bugs would eat the wax. Chaw the old canvas. And one day there will be a mutation, and we will have new ones that can digest concrete, dissolve steel and suck up the acid puddles, fatten on magic plastics, lick their slow way through glass. Then the cities will tumble and man will be chased back into the sea from which he came...”
― John D. MacDonald, The Deep Blue Good-By
+ 1 for John D Macdonald and Travis McGee. My go to for dramatic thriller fiction. Thanks for reminding about the writing. I have been meaning to read these again

Also recommend Bourne identify by Robert Ludlum
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Post by cinghiale » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:32 am

Wonderful stuff, everyone!

Lots of old favorites here, including John D. MacDonald, James Lee Burke, and Arthur Conan Doyle. And better yet, plenty of new authors and/or new titles to add to the reading list.

One author not yet mentioned: Sebastian Faulks. Well-crafted plots, well-developed characters, and great European locales. Hard to pick a favorite. Go on Amazon, pick out an intriguing story line, and give Faulks a try. You will be placing yourself in good hands.
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Post by Petrocelli » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:49 am

zanerta wrote:
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Mother Night by Vonnegut and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Mother Knight is outstanding. I forgot about it until I saw your post.
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Mark Twain.

Huckleberry Finn.
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Post by eucalyptus » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:29 am

Borges. Also, Calvino.

For a long flight or train, though, hard to beat Preston and Child.

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Post by rm » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:37 pm

Jeffery Archer
All his short stories are awesome. Some of his main books are also good - fast paced with a good arc (Prodigal daughter, not a penny more not a penny less)

Oscar Wilde

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Post by bertilak » Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:18 pm

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My favorite book, depending on my mood when you ask me, is either William Goldman's The Princess Bride ...
It is extraordinarily well done. I like it so much I don't want to read anything else by Goldman as I think it might "break the spell" of Princess Bride.

But, it is not my favorite book. I think that has to go to ‎Rudyard Kipling's Kim. I have only read a smattering of Kipling's other work. The Man Who Would Be King is probably at the top of the list of "other" Kipling works.

Another favorite book: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. This is so well written that he manages to keep up the suspense when you know from the start that the assassination plot against de Gaulle failed. (The 1973 movie with Edward Fox is outstanding. The 1997 Bruce Willis version is a waste.)

As far as favorite author, that's a tough one I'd have to think on.
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Post by Robert The Bruce » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:00 pm

Man, What a list!
I count over 100 favorites, 95 of which I haven’t read - I just put in my request to the local library for The Princess Bride, sounds like quite an adventure. The rest I have added to my ever growing list of must reads.

Thanks Bogleheads! I know it’s weird but I have been holding my 100th post for something original, however this would seem to be a worthy use.

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Post by bertilak » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:57 pm

Robert The Bruce wrote:
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Man, What a list!
I count over 100 favorites, 95 of which I haven’t read - I just put in my request to the local library for The Princess Bride, sounds like quite an adventure. The rest I have added to my ever growing list of must reads.
Add it to your movie list as well. Goldman also did the movie's screenplay. Part of the charm of the book are Goldman's introductions. He does not claim to have written the book but to have edited the actual author's scholarly work and retained only the "good parts." They describe both the "editing" of the book and the making of the movie and are as fanciful as the book itself.
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Post by SteadyOne » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:18 pm

“Solaris” by Stanisław Lem.
“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
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Post by birnhamwood » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:49 pm

The entire oeuvre of Somerset Maugham. Everything. The novels, plays, short stories, essays, etc.

I have never been able to improve upon any sentence he has written.

I'm particularly partial to his short stories, collected in EAST AND WEST, and I forget the title of the second volume.

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Post by Hayden » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:05 am

Preston and Child. I love the Pendergast books.

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Post by BBBob » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:26 am

The Bernie Gunther series (starting with the trilogy Berlin Noir) by Philip Kerr. IMO, they’re better than Raymond Chandler and Micky Spillane. Takes place in 1930’s – 1950’s Germany against a background of Nazi takeover and defeat. The protagonist is a cynical ex-cop turned PI named Bernie Gunther. Think Bogart playing Sam Spade or Marlow. Think Casablanca. Vivid and gritty…great dialog.

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Post by BBBob » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:29 am

Raybo wrote:
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The Devil In the White City
+1!!

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Post by BBBob » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:37 am

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance. Not an easy read...I read (and have re-read) 1-2 chapters a day or so, and then think about it. A search for the meaning of "quality" during a cross country motorcycle ride. Fascinating book with an interesting backstory. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_t ... aintenance

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Post by Artful Dodger » Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:44 pm

bertilak wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:18 pm
doctorfaust wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:30 pm
My favorite book, depending on my mood when you ask me, is either William Goldman's The Princess Bride ...
It is extraordinarily well done. I like it so much I don't want to read anything else by Goldman as I think it might "break the spell" of Princess Bride.

But, it is not my favorite book. I think that has to go to ‎Rudyard Kipling's Kim. I have only read a smattering of Kipling's other work. The Man Who Would Be King is probably at the top of the list of "other" Kipling works.

Another favorite book: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. This is so well written that he manages to keep up the suspense when you know from the start that the assassination plot against de Gaulle failed. (The 1973 movie with Edward Fox is outstanding. The 1997 Bruce Willis version is a waste.)

As far as favorite author, that's a tough one I'd have to think on.
I'll have to add The Princess Bride to my reading list. Lots of recs here.

I read Kim when I was very young, and liked it, but don't remember much. My parents had a two volume set of Kipling, and I much enjoyed the Jungle Book stories and Puck of Pooks Hill stories. I have his poem, "If" on my office wall, and read it often.

I read / listened to Day of the Jackal a few years ago, and agree it was mesmerizing, even though you knew the outcome. I was interested enough to read the back story on the French turnover of Algeria, and the French nationals and cadre of French generals' plotting. Plus, there's that whole Carlos the Jackal influence on the Jason Bourne books. The Odessa File was my favorite Forsyth book.

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Re: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?

Post by helwardman » Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:55 pm

My favorite author of many years is Christopher Priest.

The Glamour is definitely my favorite of his, with The Affirmation a close second.

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