My 1-book-a-day days are behind me but I still do manage to get some reading done. Who are my favorite authors?
- Salman Rushdie - He's pure genius. His command of the language never ceases to amaze me. Midnight's Children is my all-time favorite.
- Raymond Chandler - His L.A. noir is sheer poetry.
- J. R. R. Tolkien - "The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them"
- Alistair Maclean- Although it's been quite a few years since I outgrew him, he's still one of my favorite writers, thanks to his unique style.
Other 20th Century people I like:
- Agatha Christie - The queen herself. She's got far too many books that I like to list them all. And then there were none, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Curtain and Witness for the prosecution are 4 of my favorites. As is the play The Mousetrap.
- G.K. Chesterton - His Father Brown stories, as well as The Man Who Knew Too much and The Man Who was Thursday, make for great reading. Especially if you like a philosophical flavor to your books.
- Ray Bradbury - Some thought-provoking science fiction and fantasy.
- Frank Herbert - The Dune series is a must-read.
- James Ellroy - His Dudley Smith trio is amazing. Vivid characterization and great atmosphere.
- George Orwell and Aldous Huxley - Animal Farm, 1984, Brave New World. Need I say more ?
- G. B. Shaw - Who wants Shakespeare ? Gimme Shaw any day.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby is great.
- Graham Greene - Monsignor Quixote is a favorite of mine.
- Michael Crichton - what I like about him is his versatility. Favorites include Rising Sun, The Lost World, Disclosure and The Great Train Robbery.
- Dashiell Hammett, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, John MacDonald and the rest of the private-eye novelists.
- Len Deighton, John le Carre and the other spy novelists.
- Douglas Adams - can get a little repetitive after a while but still worth a read.
- P.G. Wodehouse - ditto. I love his literary allusions...when I get them.
I'm sure I've missed out on quite a few names. I'll add 'em to the list when I remember to.
And, of course, I've missed one really important name. A certain Leonardo Ricci. For more info on him, click here.I appreciate the occasional poem too, with a preference for balladic rhyming verse. Byron and Macaulay qualify as two of my favorite poets. T.S. Eliot's Cats are pretty fun as well.