living authors

Discussion in 'Books' started by nicodemus, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
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    What authors (if any) do you get excited about when they have a new book coming out? I can't really think of anybody's stuff that I'm just waiting for another by. There's plent of living authors work I've enjoyed, but haven't been so riveted as to read everything they've written.

    I'm sure the usual suspects will appear: Hornby, Sedaris, Rice, King, etc., I'm interested to know what other living authors people are digging on.
     
  2. bert patenaude

    Apr 16, 2001
    White Plains, NY
    I've said it before on another thread. . .I wait outside for the doors to open for a book by Don DeLillo.
     
  3. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
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    Anyone you would recommend more than others? After a quick survey, White Noise looks pretty interesting.
     
  4. bert patenaude

    Apr 16, 2001
    White Plains, NY
    Underworld is his masterpiece but it's his longest book.

    White Noise, Libra (JFK/Lee Harvey Oswald) or Mao II (terrorism) would be a good first book to read. White Noise has received the most critical praise.
     
  5. gildarkevin

    gildarkevin Member

    Aug 26, 2002
    Washington, DC
    I'd generally reply Richard Ford, but his last couple haven't been as good as his earlier works. Still better than most fiction by contemporary writers, though, so I'll definitely pick up whatever he comes out with.
     
  6. hangthadj

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    Mar 27, 2001
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    Haruki Murakiami
    Toni Morrison
     
  7. YanksFC

    YanksFC Member

    Feb 3, 2000
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    After reading Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," I can't wait for his next book.
     
  8. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    OH
    Whenever these writers come out with a new book, I usually buy it immediately. (Now whether I actually get around to reading it soon thereafter...)

    Toni Morrison
    Salman Rushdie
    David Lodge
    Nick Hormby
    Thomas Pynchon (hypothetically speaking, for the most part)
     
  9. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    OH
    Both of my brothers love this book. I've almost picked it up a few times now, as I'm pretty sure I'm going to like it too. Just haven't had the time for it.
     
  10. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

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    After reading Underground, I'd probably do the same with him.
     
  11. hangthadj

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    Have you read any of his fiction though, it's quite different than Underground.
     
  12. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

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    I have not, I would imagine it to be quite different.
     
  13. hangthadj

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    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is my favorite. It's his longest, but just a senstaional book, with some really unforgettable passages.
     
  14. dearprudence

    dearprudence Member

    Nov 1, 2000
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    Michael Chabon is proof that Pitt's English Department isn't all bad!

    The authors I wait for are usually mind candy or by genre, such as

    Maeve Binchy
    Lillian Jackson Braun
    Thomas Gifford
    Sue Grafton
    Robert Massie
    Edward Rutherford
    Alison Weir

    I'm in a real mind candy mode lately; too much serious stuff going on to dwell on misery! When I do get into more serious reading, it tends to be historical in nature - then I go by the era, not the author.
     
  15. bungadiri

    bungadiri Super Moderator
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    Jan 25, 2002
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    I really liked Kavalier and Clay. I'm sure Summerland is good, too, but I can't tell because my wife loaned out from under me when I was in the middle of the first chapter.
     
  16. djwalker

    djwalker BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 13, 2000
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    Fred Chappell.

    His recurring character Joe Robert Kirkman is one of the great American fiction characters ever.
     

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