I read so much I can't get anything else done! Actually, I'm trying to stop
reading for awhile -- because I've finally realized that as long as I'm in "taking-in" mode, I'll never put anything out
... as in finishing one of my own books and seeking a publisher. Since my 85-year-old father just got a publishing contract in the mail yesterday, I'm really
inspired to move forward on my own writing!
But in the meantime... some of my favorite authors are:
Stephen King, of course -- I avoided him for years because I wasn't into horror, but then I picked up "Bag of Bones" (his masterpiece, in my opinion) and realized what an astonishing writer he really is, how beautifully and effortlessly he uses words, and I fell in love. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on his son's book, "Heart-Shaped Box." The son isn't using his real name, though, because he doesn't want to trade on his father's renown -- so he's publishing as Joe Hill.
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child -- These guys blow me away, especially when they write as a team! It's heavy on science and rip-roaring adventure, and there's also a very intense vein of characterization, with several characters recurring in multiple books. Douglas Preston's brother is Richard Preston, the author of "The Hot Zone," a non-fiction about horrific emerging pathogens like Ebola... and how close we've come on occasion to having them running rampant right here in the US.
Lee Child -- No relation to Lincoln Child, but one heck of a fun writer. His series is about Jack Reacher, a former military policeman who is just wandering the country at will, mostly on foot, getting involved in one adventure after another. Once I discovered these books last year, I devoured them all in a couple of months... drat it.
John Case -- This is actually a husband-and-wife team, and their books are always worth reading. The one that hooked me was "The Genesis Code," a riveting story based on an incredibly provocative concept. Their other books don't quite live up, but... close enough.
Trevanian -- He's no longer writing, and in fact may have passed away -- but his '70s book "Shibumi" is an astonishing achievement, unlike anything else I've ever read. His other work is... good. "Shibumi" is stunning
I used to read Michael Crichton religiously, in hardback
yet, but his weakness in characterization and his absurd denial of global warming have relegated him to my Used Paperback list.
Luckily, I'm due at an appointment, or I'd rattle on all day...