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jarit

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Jul 2, 2013
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Some favourite contemporary authors that come to mind are:
Walter Mosley

William Gibson

Paul Auster

Umberto Eco

Peter Temple

Amin Maalouf

Iain Banks (sadly passed away last summer)

 

ssjones

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May 11, 2011
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I think I'm the only guy with Don Winslow on his list, but if anyone likes his style, check out:

Richard Lange - Angel Baby (Tex-Mex/So-Cal crime)

http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Baby-Novel-Richard-Lange/dp/0316219827

I eagerly await his next book.

 

tbradsim1

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Jan 14, 2012
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Terry Kay, a southerner who writes like we southerners think, if you are an elderly married man I reccomend his book Danceing with the Whie Dog, you will have to put it down a couple of times as you will be shedding big tears , lots of truth in that book,

 

houndstooth

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Cormac McCarthy - truly a modern master

Nicholson Baker - he's a very funny "satirist" of sorts, with a wickedly hysterical vocabulary.

David Sedaris - also very funny in a different manner.

John Krakauer

Sebastian Junger

Mark Bowden

Larry McMurtry

Jim Harrison

Tom McGuane

Russell Chatham

Haruki Murakami
In the category of my favorites who are no longer alive, but too good to not mention:
Hemingway

Michael Shaara

Hunter S. Thompson

JRR Tolkien

Harry Crewes

Herman Melville

Norman Maclean

Eiji Yoshikawa

Vladimir Nabakov

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Mark Twain

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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cakeanddottle, other favorite authors of the briar sort, the Peterson Kapet and the Luciano. Of the

literary variety, I'll limit myself to a few:
Nicholson Baker, author of the novel "The Anthologist" and many others, and heroic savior of back

issues of many newspapers which he single-handedly rescued from destruction by libraries that

planned to put them on crappy microfilm and destroy the copies, which they claimed were deteriorating,

at which Baker scoffs with unlimited scorn, with the evidence of their preservation in hand. Duke

University finally stepped up and took custody of the collection, for which, vast kudos to them. Baker

is a force of nature.
Poetry: Frederic Seidel, whose poems star regular references to his beloved, custom-built Ducati

motorcycle. A tough and rather wild poet who might appeal to people who feel they don't like

poetry.
Two for nonfiction, George Packer, "The Unwinding," a series of portraits of contemporary people,

famous and not; and Craig L. Symonds, "The Battle of Midway," who reaches into the history and

does a masterful job of finding the factual roots of a seeming Naval miracle.
And from the past, if you can overcome the severe limitations of his dogged writing style,

"Crusade In Europe," the account of WWII in Europe and D-Day specifically, by Dwight D.

Eisenhower, who was way tougher than the tough guys by mastering the infinite detail of

the D-Day invasion, likely saving hundreds of thousands of lives by his unrelenting attention

to detail, and adept use of power. If you can stay awake, you will be astounded.

 

bobpnm

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Jul 24, 2012
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Panama City, Florida
Layton Green

David Baldacci

Brad Thor

Max Allan Collins

Michael McGarrity

William Tyree

Brad Taylor

Lee Child

C.J. Box

John Sandford

James Lee Burke

 

warren

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Sep 13, 2013
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Well now! Since this is going way off topic, here are a few old writers I enjoy:
C. S. Forester

Louis L'Amour

Patrick O'Brien

Rex Stout

Lewis Grizzard

Bruce Catton

James A. Michener

Tony Hillerman
One book Wonders:
Audie Murphy

T. E. Lawrence

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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Well, if we're going to include expired authors:
Mark Twain

Rex Stout

Ray Bradbury

Gene Fowler

Charles Dickens

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Conan Doyle

Robert Heinlein

Isaac Asimov

Raymond Chandler

Will and Ariel Durant

Dashiell Hammett

John Steinbeck

Wilkie Collins

Agatha Christie

James A Michener

A. A. Milne

Sholem Aleichem
and a few dozen others...

 

lochinvar

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Oct 22, 2013
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Jim Harrison

Umberto Eco

James Ellroy

Ace Atkins

John LeCarre

Robert B Parker

Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)

 

rayje589

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Nov 28, 2012
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Terry Goodkind (sword of truth novels)

Michael Crichton
can't really think of any others... I don't read nearly as much as I used to, which saddens me.

 

mkvillaire

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Sep 8, 2012
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Been gone for twenty years but he was my favorite...
CHARLES BUKOWSKI
"DON'T TRY"
R.I.P.

 

rmbittner

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Dec 12, 2012
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I don't follow a ton of contemporary authors, but I'll always pick up anything from these folks:
Susan Orlean

Connie Willis

Jack El-Hai

Stephen King

Hilary Davidson

Joyce Carol Oates

Walt Harrington

Walter Isaacson

C.S. Friedman
Bob