Does this need to be a question? Tough choice, but I think I can honestly say EndMaster. In addition to being most of the reason I never forgot this site, I have probably spent more time reading his work than I have any other, excluding the Bible. More than even Dickens. Not only that, but I have never been at all disappointed after rereading one of his works and often like it even more than I did before.
Plus he answers even the dumber questions I have about his stuff seriously.
I have probably spent more time reading his work than I have any other,
More than even Dickens.
VICTORY IS MINE YOU BORING DEAD FAGGOT LOLZ
I feel as if we should tear down a statue or something. Probably not though, as it's better to show off those you've defeated sometimes.
Really had to rub it in the poor man's skull, didn't you?
Darn you, Cricket, you stole mine! My other favorite author would have to be Dostoevsky. I never got the chance to read his work in school and now I’m playing catch up. Actually, I got assigned Notes from Underground in a Philosophy class, but never even opened the book lol. Finally got around to finishing it last year and it was amazing. Since then, I’ve finished Crime and Punishment, Poor Folk, The Landlady, and working through The Idiot now. Dostoevsky is incredible at making the ordinary extraordinary and going deep into human psychology. The amount of action in his writing is extremely low and you’d think that’d make it boring, but it’s incredibly engaging if you can get past the page long paragraphs. His writing is also darkly comical… you think the character's conditions couldn’t be more miserable. Then it get worse. It’s great.
As a follow up question, do you find that your favorite author influences your writing?
For me? Piers Anthony. A celebrated fantasy author, Piers Anthony is most well known for the Xanth novel series he writes. The sheer amount of creativity in his works captivates me, and his ability to create a solid plot from all the chaos in his world amazes me. In fact, I'd say a lot of my inspiration in writing came from reading his works.
I really love all the works of Dickens myself. But, at the same time, I haven’t read nearly enough of his works to base that judgment on. Mark Twain is one of my all time favourite writers period. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn is just so entertaining and serious at the same time. He manages to achieve this balance between the two that’s just right for his works, and it’s very engaging to read.
If you’re looking for non-English authors I would suggest you the works of Chetan Bhagat, since all of his novels are primarily published in English itself, so there’s no issue of translation. If you’re into romance and romedy, then you’ll absolutely love his works. This one I feel is his best book to date: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_States:_The_Story_of_My_Marriage
And this one was extremely relatable to me, as a student. It’s not like his usual works and is pretty unique in my opinion,(due to the subtle blend of fiction and non-fiction, since the book features actual real-life places); but still very good: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Point_Someone.
(Though keep in mind that it’s a little badly written, and contains sentences like
“The living room was where lived Alok's father, entertaining himself with one of the two TV channels, close to unconscious by the time we reached.”
Which is just...unacceptable.)
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I reaaaaaaally like Herman Hesse, I've read anything of his I can get my hands on! All of his work feels like romantic, sparkling 1970's shoujo...Every sentence drips with this delightfully rich glittery questionably queer soul tripping sentiment that I have a weird affection for. I looove Demian so much. It's so strange and pretty, like a painting with a million shifting faces.
John Steinbeck is super cute too. I know he's known for The Grapes Of Wrath and whatnot, but I'm talking about Cannery Row an Sweet Thursday. Everyone is so adorable and quaint and yeehaw, I can hardly take it. The back of Cannery Row says "The doctor falls in love" but the closest thing to falling in love that happens in that book is when the doctor finds a dead body. That doesn't really scream romance, but I appreciate the effort.
I was really into Kurt Vonnegut for a hot second, and Richard Yancey. There's nothing quite like the Monstrumologist. Oh, Andrew Smith (Alex Crow, Grasshopper Jungle etc) is like Kurt Vonnegut, but even more gay and also for younger people. I learned a lot of euphanisms for jacking off from his books.
Yukio Mishima and Osamu Dazai are wonderful, too. Opening up their stories and feeling the words, ya know, it hits me in some kinda way. The images captured, the dry feeling of loneliness, I love it all. No Longer Human is very special to me!
EDIT NOTE: I really liked reading Sent's insanity back in the day. I wonder if he still exists.
i like tom clancy
Can’t decide who I like more: J.K Rowling or Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan is a chad. Rowling is a beta cuck who needs to shut up already.
Orson Scott Card, I could read Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Ender's Shadow in an infinite loop until I die probably. Some of the later books in the series get dull and weird though.
Yeah OSC is a strange guy, outside of those books his other works that I've read have been pretty shit. I could only get up to about halfway though "Children of the Mind" before checking out completely, and the one time I tried to depart from the Ender Saga into his other works, I read some weird Christopher Columbus sci-fi alt history of his that made me want to jump off a balcony.
Plus we'd certainly not get along if I were to ever meet the guy. Obviously.
Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and a few others in the Ender/Hegemon saga are great. Quite a few of his other series start of fantastic as well.
But, and I'm not sure if this is due to him using ghostwriters or no one editing his stuff, including him, a lot of his series end up devolving and the writing quality taking a steep dive in later books. Homecoming? I think it was one of the worst for this. Great first book, but by the last book every minor side character had been promoted to a main character, so the book flipped to a new character every three pages it seemed.
And then he also got wierd and creepily obsessed with the anatomy and sexuality of young boys in a few books. Songmaster, especially.
So I no longer count him as one of my overall favorites.
Right now Brandon Sanderson, but that's only because I'm reading his series of series right now. I haven't read a lot recently but I'm getting back into it. Any suggestions?
Nabokov, Tolkien, Spenser, Ishiguro, Shakespeare are probably my top five.
I'd change my answer from day-to-day:
Today, I'll highlight Andre Norton. Her portrayal of the Huntsman is my all-time favorite.
Of the classics, F. Scott Fitzgerald will be today's flavor. Daisy is such a great role model ... a paragon of ideals and virtue.