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Author Meme

Tagged by astrocrabpuff 

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what authors my friends choose.


(Please, do this if you like...I will not tag until I see who has wanted to do the list on their own!)

1. J.K.Rowling
2. Jack Hodgins
3. Patrick Rothfus
4. Mark Twain
5. Isaac Asimov
6. Ray Bradbury
7. Orson Scott Card
8. Michael Connelly
9. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Virginia Woolf
11. J.R.R.Tolkien
12. William Blake
13. Joseph Conrad
14. Anne Rice
15. Vladimir Nabokov

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helios137
Nov. 7th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I once heard Issac Asimov give a speech in a local junior high school. He was brilliant, kind and not pretentious at all! He signed a couple of books of his that I had brought with me. A generous soul who had a curious and benevolent mind.

I don't know Hodgins, Rothfus or Connelly. Why are they on your list?
karena
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Jack Hodgins is an excellent Canadian author. He writes a lot about BC, which makes me feel closer to that part of Canada. I still have a few of his books (I usually give my books away now) which I remember to be very evocative of sense of place, and he has a special sense of humour. I'd recommend The Invention of the World. I think he teaches creative writing: http://www.jackhodgins.ca/

Patrick Rothfus is a new fantasy author, and I absolutely loved his first book The Name of the Wind, and he writes a very entertaining blog. Check him out! http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/

Michael Connolly writes detective noir. His main character is Harry Bosch, who loves Jazz and who is named after the painter Hieronymus Bosch (very appropriate, I think, since he works in the Hollywood/LA area). Connolly is a great writer, and I first started reading him because I heard cops read him...he was previously a crime reporter in LA. He also started writing about a lawyer. One of his books was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood! http://www.michaelconnelly.com/

helios137
Nov. 8th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. I checked the links and all three seem interesting!
randomdreams
Nov. 7th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Tolkien
CS Lewis
Kenneth Grahame
(these are roughly in order of when I first encountered them)
Salinger
Heinlein (influenced me at one time, but now I've swung pretty much in the opposite direction, but still, has to be listed)
John McPhee
Jane Austen
PG Wodehouse
Atul Gawande
Malcolm Gladwell
Barbara Kingsolver
Chuck Palahniuk
Michael Chabon
Seymour Hersch
Mark Kurlansky
karena
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
There are quite a few authors there who I have never read:
Kenneth Grahame, John McPhee, PG Wodehouse, Atul Gawande, Michael Chabon. Seymour Hersch, Mark Kurlansky. Why have they made an impression on you?
sooguy
Nov. 7th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Just a quick 15.

1. Philip K. Dick
2. Kurt Vonnegut
3. Mark Twain
4. H.G. Wells
5. Terrence Green
6. Ray Bradbury
7. Joseph Boyden
8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. Tim Powers
10. Ann Rice
11. Robert Sawyer
12. Stephen King
13. Mitch Albom
14. Robert Charles Wilson
15. Peter Watts
karena
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Just a quick 15.
I have still to read my first Dick. I know, I know. I LOVE the genre. I'd better get cracking!

Who are Terrence Green, Boyden, and Powers?
sooguy
Nov. 8th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Just a quick 15.
PKD (Philip K. Dick) is a tough one to recommend a place to start. Personally I really like UBIK and "Eye in the Sky" that show his unique perspective on the universe, although Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was my first taste of Dick and fulfilling but very dense and depressing at points (actually most of his work saps your will to live!) I always make a personal rule never to read more than two PKD novels back to back for fear of becoming to morose.

Terence Green is a Canadian writer who has written a half dozen or so books. A couple are SF related, but his trilogy based around one family set over several generations is very accessible. The first called "Shadows of Ashland" (1996) involves some time travel/ghosts, "A Witness to Life" (1999), and finally "St. Patrick's Bed" (2001). I have written some reviews of his work here -

http://www.timetravelreviews.com/books/witness_to_life.html

http://www.timetravelreviews.com/books/green_sailingtimesocean.html

Boyden is the award winning Canadian writer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Boyden

I loved his novel "Three Day Road" and HIGHLY recommend it.

Tim Powers is strange bird who writes SF mixed with Historical elements. He writers what I call "secret histories". He takes a lot of historical characters and events and writes in between the known history of characters and what we don't know.

I can recommend his Anubus Gates about 19th Century English magicians and thieves opening portals to ancient Egypt. Also really enjoyed his novel Declare which examines the secret history of the Cold War involving mystical spirits.

Oh, and I never even listed Stainslaw Lem on my list of 15! Damn.
karena
Nov. 8th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: Just a quick 15.
Oh, that Boyden! I think I have ignored him because he is modern Canadian, and I have read so much Canadian stuff that I'm getting rather jaded about it all. :/ A lot of it is very boring!
sooguy
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Just a quick 15.
But, but, but, Joseph Boyden is the real deal.

I haven't read anything like Three Day Road in my life!

It's about pair of Cree "brothers" as snipers in World War I.

http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=4321

karena
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: Just a quick 15.
I didn't say he wasn't good! I just don't trust the average housewife who likes books she buys at Chapters anymore!

He is next on my list, I PROMISE.
astrocrabpuff
Nov. 8th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
Excellent list!
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