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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2010, 07:54:42 pm »
Imajica is one of my favourite ever books, but I haven't found the time to read any of his others yet. Over the last few years I've tended to read single books by lots of different authors, and lots of Baen collections of stories and novellas, hence not being able to rack up a full ten of novelists.

One of the BFS's bestselling books was about Clive Barker - Mythmaker for the Millennium.

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2010, 09:40:44 pm »
Interesting experiment this. Maybe I'm being obvious, but did anyone else notice how markedly that the ladies chose more female authors among their ten?

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2010, 09:51:02 pm »
Interesting experiment this. Maybe I'm being obvious, but did anyone else notice how markedly that the ladies chose more female authors among their ten?

Funnily enough, I did...   ;)   
Anyhoo, my ten: (this week  ;D )

Jim Butcher
Stephen King
Charles De Lint
Chaz Brenchley/Daniel Fox
Kate Elliot
Aliette De Bodard
Kari Sperring
Terry Pratchett
Elizabeth Moon
Jo Graham

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2010, 09:58:16 pm »
I've been trying to cut my list down to ten. Can't do it, so I'm going to cheat and have four authors that shaped my childhood first, and then another ten I discovered later.  :)

Tove Janssen
Norman Hunter
Geoffrey Willans
Diana Wynne Jones

Kim Newman
Jonathan Carroll
Michael Moorcock
George Orwell
Douglas Adams
Neil Gaiman
Iain Banks
Chuck Palahniuk
Barry Gifford
Roddy Doyle

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2010, 10:10:17 pm »
I was quite surprised last year to realise how few books I've read by women - less than 1% of the 2300 books or so I've read. And that's including all the baby books I've read over the last six years...

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2010, 05:38:39 pm »
For many years I've had the feeling that female readers read primarily female authors and that male readers read primarily male authors. Perhaps it comes down to male vs. female psychology. Wherever I go, this fundamental thesis about human nature seems to be true. Legions of teenage girls have turned authors such as Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer and Kim Harrison into best-sellers. It sounds like something straight out of a Franz Kafka nightmare, but it's true. Those 47 million unreadable vampire novels you see in every high street bookshop these days really exist.

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2010, 05:51:07 pm »
1) Bernard Cornwell
2) Jasper Fforde
3) Graham Masterton
4) Steve Harris
5) Iain Banks
6) Stephen Donaldson
7) Clive Barker
8) Guy N Smith
9) John Wyndham
10) James Herbert
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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2010, 05:53:44 pm »
1) Bernard Cornwell
2) Jasper Fforde
3) Graham Masterton
4) Steve Harris
5) Iain Banks
6) Stephen Donaldson
7) Clive Barker
8) Guy N Smith
9) John Wyndham
10) James Herbert

Guy N Smith makes me smile, too.  ;)

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2010, 06:19:33 pm »
Anyone who wrote 'Crabs on the Rampage' can't be all bad!

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2010, 07:05:54 pm »
For many years I've had the feeling that female readers read primarily female authors and that male readers read primarily male authors. Perhaps it comes down to male vs. female psychology.

Really?  Because a quick glance at my bookshelves has the male authors in the majority.  Though that also includes a load of tie-in books and graphic novels which, at least from the ones I own, are predominantly written by men.

So is it more a case that female readers *talk* more about books written by female authors?  (Possibly to compensate for the fact that the male authors get talked about *way* more everywhere...  ;D  )

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2010, 07:20:06 pm »
By way of overcompensating, here is my top ten female writers list:
Tanith Lee
C.L Moore
Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree Jr)
Joanna Russ
Andre Norton
Anne McCaffrey
Ursula Le Guin
Mary Shelley
Doris Lessing
Virginia Woolf
(and Octavia Bulter, May Sinclair and Marjorie Bowen)

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2010, 07:48:58 pm »
On that kick I would have added Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O Connor, Anna Kavan, and Ilse Aichinger...

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2010, 03:29:32 pm »
Imajica is one of my favourite ever books, but I haven't found the time to read any of his others yet. Over the last few years I've tended to read single books by lots of different authors, and lots of Baen collections of stories and novellas, hence not being able to rack up a full ten of novelists.

One of the BFS's bestselling books was about Clive Barker - Mythmaker for the Millennium.

If you've not read it... Weaveworld. Utterly, utterly, utterly brilliant novel.  I've loved everything Barker has done since but Weaveworld was one of those novels that really left an impression

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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2010, 08:20:10 am »
By way of sheer insanity :o, here are my top ten authors beginning with "B"

J G Ballard
John Banville
John Burnside
Wolfgang Borchert
Harold Brodkey
Charles Bukowski
Mikhail Bulgakov
Andre Breton
Samuel Beckett
Greg Bear

There must be something about that letter, because that was spookily easy to do...
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Re: Your top-ten favourite novelists?
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2010, 03:35:21 pm »
A few more favourites:

S.S. Van Dine
Bentley Little
Dan Simmons
Robert R. McCammon
William S. Burroughs
Franz Kafka
Ramsey Campbell
Peter Straub
Richard Matheson
Robert Bloch