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11-15-2005, 04:25
I've been sitting here going over the amazing lists of favorite books that folks have listed in the favorite book thread. WOW! Some great stuff! I've added lots of books to my "must read" list.
I was thinking (I know, hard to believe!) that a thread of favorite authors would be beneficial and way, way cool!:rolleyes:

So, top 10 favorite authors (modern)

John Steinbeck ( what a suprise!)

Louis L'amour (great storyteller)

Farley Mowatt (funny dude)

Pat McManus (another funny dude)

David and Leigh Eddings (excellent fantasy)

Orson Scott Card (seriously good Sci-Fi)

James Herriot (just fun reading)

Colin Fletcher (the definitive hiking guru)

Dick Francis (great mystery writer)

Tony Hillerman (another great mystery writer)

And I'll throw Dean Koontz out there too just for luck (i know, thats 11. i can count that high!):p

11-15-2005, 08:02
Great thread!

David & Leigh Eddings (who is your favorite character justusryans :D Beldin is mine!)

JRR Tolkien

Mary Higgins-Clark

Catherine Coulter

JK Rowling

Jonathan Jakes

I am sure I am missing a fews.....

11-15-2005, 09:47
Belgareth, although I probably have more in common with Beldin! :eek:

A few more,
Chris Paolini (great new author)
Raymond Feist (really good series)
Kristen Britain (Green Rider Series)
Robert Frezza (hilarous)
Stephen King (his older stuff)
Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time Series)
J.R.R. Tolkin (WOW!)

11-15-2005, 09:49
Ray Bradbury
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Robert Jordan
Ayn Rand
JD Salinger
Wallace Stevens
William Carlos Williams
WB Yeats

FA Hayek
Tibor Machan
Ayn Rand
Murray Rothbard
Carl Sagan


Tha Wookie
11-15-2005, 09:50
Edward Abbey

Tom Brown, Jr.

Ray Jardine

Brenda Ueland


John Muir

ee cummings

justa few off the top.....

11-15-2005, 12:20
Clive Cussler

Jack Higgins

John MacDonald

Not quite philosophical, but as Bertrand Russell said, "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

the goat
11-15-2005, 12:26
jack kerouac

jon krakauer

hunter thompson

11-15-2005, 12:53
jrr tolkien
david eddings
blaise pascal (yeah.. the math dude... he did philosophy too)
thomas jefferson
john locke

john toland (history, mostly, some bios)shelby foote

Nearly Normal
11-15-2005, 19:33
Many already listed but I'll add Tom Robbins.
Zannie, wild and crazy!

11-15-2005, 20:01
Patrick O'Brien

If you think people spend a lot of time on the net discussing the AT, check out this group devoted to his Aubrey/Maturin series (Master and Commander, and the rest) http://mat.gsia.cmu.edu/POB/

Jack Tarlin
11-15-2005, 20:08
Some favorite books off the top of my head:


The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara


South by Ernest Shackleton
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
Good-bye to All That by Robert Graves
Walking With Spring by Earl Shaffer


Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice
Shackleton by Roland Huntford
Lawrence of Arabia by Jeremy Wilson
A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence by John Mack
Thomas More by Richard Marius
Home of the Blizzard by Douglas Mawson
A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole by Diana Preston
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts by Dave Marsh
Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash

General Non-Fiction:

Just about anything by historian Steven Ambrose or explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell

Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Tryce by Stanley Weintraub

Pickett's Charge by George Stewart

I Might Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination by Francis Spufford


A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

11-15-2005, 20:17
Heinlin (Stranger in a strange land)
Malcolm X(his autobigoraphy was really interesting)
Edgar rice bUROUGHS (tarzan of the apes)
Walter D Edmunds (drums along the Mohawk)
Kurt Vonnegut
Machaivelli yes that machiavelli
Chaim Potok (the chosen)

honorable mentions from youth
Gary Paulsen for hatchet
Karl marx for Communist Manifesto

and Dol Hydrebad sp?

havent read any of his stuff, but he was the guy that to prove that america was peopled with people who sailed over from egypt, built a boat out of papyrus, and actually sailed all the way from egypt to the states, than did something symilar with a polynesian boat.

11-15-2005, 20:21
Robert Heinlein
Louis L'amour
Tom Robbins
Tom Clancy
Mark Twain
Aren't books great?
Orson Scott Card
P.J. O'Rourke
Moses, Paul, John, Solomon and company
Give me a minute; I'll think of some more. I just love to read, and reading at night on the trail makes it even better!:sun

11-15-2005, 20:22
Thor Heyerdhal. The books were Kon-Tiki and Ra. Both very excellent. he also wrote one about the history and so on about Easter Island.

11-15-2005, 20:30
C.S. Lewis( especially his non-fiction )
James Herriot( comfort food for the mind! )
Stephen King( love "The Stand" in particular )

11-15-2005, 20:39
Man! most of my favorite authors have already been mentioned, but I will add a couple

Robert "Rhymin' Worm" Rubin
J.R. "Model-T" Tate

11-15-2005, 20:49
The BUKE!!!

charles bukowski

11-16-2005, 11:49
Basically the entire beat generation. Did you know when Kerouac wrote "on the rode" he wrote it on one continuous sheet of paper? When he turned it in to be published it was over 120 feet long. Just one of those zany tidbits and it is all about the stream of consciousness baby!

:dance :dance :dance

11-16-2005, 20:16
Man, my library doesn't even carry Kerouac.