Five Favorites… Sorta

I think my brain is moving into vacation mode a little early, because I couldn’t think of anything to write about tonight. Then I remembered that I liked the prompt that came through my Twitter feed this morning: name your top five favorite writers. Easy-peasy!

In no particular order (because ranking is way, way beyond me):

Dorothy Dunnett, author of the Lymond Chronicles – my all time favorite series.

L.M. Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables books, which were my childhood favorites.

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, which brought childlike wonder back to my reading as an adult.

Salman Rushdie, author of “Midnight’s Children,” “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” and most famously, “The Satanic Verses,” all of which use language in ways I can only dream of.

Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison… Yes, I am cheating. How on earth could anyone choose between the authors of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Bluest Eye”?

Who are your five – or six, or more – favorites?

3 thoughts on “Five Favorites… Sorta

  1. Chris Gladis June 19, 2012 / 12:12 am

    Off the top of my head?

    – John Scalzi, for being able to whip from cutting humor to genuine emotion and back again, all within a few pages. Also, a fantastic blogger.

    – Stephen King, who is the person I turn to when I need to remember why I want to write. Also for showing that not everything you write will be good, but if you can make the good stuff awesome, then people will follow where you lead.

    – J.K. Rowling, who is able to take throwaway moments and turn them into pivotal plot points, while creating a world big enough for everyone.

    – Sarah Vowell, who makes being a history nerd ever-so-slightly slightly cooler.

    – Gail Simone, one of the few women writers in comics who really tries to challenge the medium.

    Those were the first five to come to mind. There are some writers that I really want to like, but have a hard time doing it (Neal Stephenson, China Mieville), and some that I’m amazed by, but don’t think I’ll be calling myself a fan anytime soon (Cormac McCarthy, Tolkien)

  2. maryann June 19, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    Top five, without too much analysis: Stephen King,not for the horror, but the absolutely fine writing. Best short stories ever. James Michener. You either love those long, heavy tomes or not. I do, I do. And I’ve learned volumes (?a pun). Pat Conroy, another beautiful writer but he could drive you into depression (except for the Cookbook). Fannie Flagg, to relieve the depression – really wry, convoluted humor with a serious bent. And John Grisham – good stories and he often works in what they were eating. (If I ever go to Italy it’ll be due to The Broker and Playing for Pizza). Isaac Asimov tied for 5th, what an imagination – made me want my own robot.

    Ditto Chris G re authors I have tried to like. Tried this year to read Hamlet for about the fourth time – I just don’t get Shakespeare; likewise James Fenimore Cooper and Margaret Atwood (sorry Sarah)

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