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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hey Folks, I was wonderring if anyone could recommend some authors for me?

I like fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers.. and the odd romance/tear jerker. I also like non-fiction relating to true crime, or psychological issues, etc. "When Rabbit Howls" by Truddi Chase (its about a woman with MPD from childhood abuse). Best book I have ever read. Books by Torey L. Hayden come a close second.

The authors I've read are:

Robin Cook and Micheal Palmer (both write medical 'thrillers')
John Saul, Dean Koontz, Stephen King
VC Andrews, Nora Roberts
John Grisham, Sue Grafton



can anyone recommend some good authors of similiar styles to the above?

I usually stick with certain authors, and read their books untill there's no more to read... then I'm stuck trying to find new ones

I started reading Robin Cook's books, and as I got through all of them, Micheal Palmer was recommended to me, very similiar in style and topic.

Thx
post #2 of 29
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
Hey Folks, I was wonderring if anyone could recommend some authors for me?

I like fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers.. and the odd romance/tear jerker. I also like non-fiction relating to true crime, or psychological issues, etc. "When Rabbit Howls" by Truddi Chase (its about a woman with MPD from childhood abuse). Best book I have ever read. Books by Torey L. Hayden come a close second.

The authors I've read are:

Robin Cook and Micheal Palmer (both write medical 'thrillers')
John Saul, Dean Koontz, Stephen King
VC Andrews, Nora Roberts
John Grisham, Sue Grafton



can anyone recommend some good authors of similiar styles to the above?

I usually stick with certain authors, and read their books untill there's no more to read... then I'm stuck trying to find new ones

I started reading Robin Cook's books, and as I got through all of them, Micheal Palmer was recommended to me, very similiar in style and topic.

Thx
You have listed some of the authors that I read. Right now I have just finished John Grisham's The Appeal, which was the biggest selling book of the year. And the scariest book I have ever read, even though I have read everything that King has written. Scary in a different way though.

Here is a thought: Why not mix some classical literature in with your comtemporary reading? The most read book in the history of the world is Don Quijote by Cervantes. And this book is almost always the number one choice of book critics as being the greatest book ever written. If that book is too big for you, try Crime and Punishment by Dostevesky. I read a lot of fiction and usually alternate between classics and contemporary.
post #3 of 29
Kathy Reichs', Jonathan Kellerman's or Ian Rankin's books would probably appeal to you.
post #4 of 29
Another writer I can recommend is Jodi Picoult.
post #5 of 29
I like Jodi Picoult, too. I also like Patricia Cornwell, who's more along the medical mystery lines.
post #6 of 29
Omg...."When Rabbit Howls"........I have to admit that book almost did me in before I finished it.......to think of what went on.....ugh!

I too read several of the author's that you've read, and others have reccommended...for some good "light" reading, try something by Janet Evanovich, especially her Stephanie Plum Series, you don't have to start with #1, but it makes things a lot easier to understand if you do...I just finished #14, lol!

One recently deceased writer is Donald Westlake....he wrote some good and bad stuff. I love to reccommend "Drowned Hopes".....but if you start this one, please no matter how boring it gets, don't give up on it! It took me six months to read the first 2/3 of this book, but the last 1/3 made up for the whole thing!
post #7 of 29
FALSE MEMORY is the only Dean Koontz book I ever read, but I loved it!

Other fiction books I love:

Running with Sissors (SOOOO much better than the movie)
(Edit: I just remembered this is mostly non-fiction, sorry, but it is still good)
The Courious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime
The Ergon Series
Harry Potter (of course)

If I think of more later, I'll post them for you

(PS my all time fave book is an autobiograpy by Jennings Michael Birch called They Cage The Animals at Night, look into it, REALLY good & an easy read)
post #8 of 29
I normally just go to the used bookstore and buy whatever is on their $1 rack. That makes it always surprising and exciting
post #9 of 29
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Another writer I can recommend is Jodi Picoult.
Oh yes! I love her books! Some of my favorites are "Mercy", "Keeping Faith" and "The Pact."

My all time favorite author is Lee Child. I believe he's written 12 books. If you decide to start reading his books, you'll need to read "Killing Floor" first. All of his other books are have the same main character, Jack Reacher. This first book develops his personality, so you know how he came to be the way he is. The rest of his books can be read in any order, as they don't really have a chronology. I love his books so much that I pre-order them from Amazon.com! His last book came out in June, 2008, so hopefully he'll be getting a new one out soon!
post #10 of 29
Brian Lumley: The Necroscope Series

Is vampire, and thriller and extremely well written - I think there are about 13 books in the series at this point.
post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions folks

I'm heading to the library tomorrow to see what I can find.
post #12 of 29
Most of what I was going to suggest has already been recommended.

However, a few that weren't mentioned are anything by Jacqueline Suzanne & Irving Wallace. One of the most gripping books I've ever read is And I Don't Want To Live This Life by Deborah Spungen. It's the story of Nancy Spugen's life, written by her mother. I've read it several times, and can never put it down...

If I think of any more, I let ya know.
post #13 of 29
i like several of those you mentioned... these are some other favorite authors: Iris Johansen [forensic mysteries]; Jonathan Kellerman; Stephen King [some i like better than others]; Patricia Cornwell [same caveat as w/King]; Jeff Lindsay; Suzanne Brockman; Shirley Rousseau Murphy; Tess Gerritsen; Robert Asprin; Charlaine Harris.
multitude of genres covered by these, btw.
post #14 of 29
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Harry Potter (of course)

Of course!
post #15 of 29
I've found amazon to be a very good tool for finding books. Look up books you really like, look at those similar, read reviews. You'll eventually find several books you want to try.
post #16 of 29
I've been enjoying Linda Howard's books lately.
post #17 of 29
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i like several of those you mentioned... these are some other favorite authors: Iris Johansen [forensic mysteries]; Jonathan Kellerman; Stephen King [some i like better than others]; Patricia Cornwell [same caveat as w/King]; Jeff Lindsay; Suzanne Brockman; Shirley Rousseau Murphy; Tess Gerritsen; Robert Asprin; Charlaine Harris.
multitude of genres covered by these, btw.
I really enjoyed Cornwell's early books, but not her later ones. I love Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey series.
post #18 of 29
I recommend Stephen King
post #19 of 29
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I really enjoyed Cornwell's early books, but not her later ones. I love Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey series.
i agree about Cornwell - her work has gone downhill.
not just the Joe Grey series [altho that great] but also her classic fantasy, The Catswold Portal.
post #20 of 29
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Oh yes! I love her books! Some of my favorites are "Mercy", "Keeping Faith" and "The Pact."
Jodi Picoult is my favourite author too!

The three books you mentioned are my least favourites

Mine are 'Salem Falls' , 'Nineteen minutes' and 'Perfect Match'
post #21 of 29
Harry Potter 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7!!!!!! Harryyeee!!!! You would absolutely LOVE Harry Potter!!!

Another one that is fantastic: "Love in the times of cholera", by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; 100 years of solitude, by the same writer...

A cute FYNNY - YOU CAN NOT PUT IT DOWN autobiography kind of diary is "Eat, pray and love" by Elizabeth Gilbert - great read!

But....... man, Harry is Awesome!
post #22 of 29
I really enjoy Jodi Picoult - have bought quite a few of her books off half.com. I also read a lot of James Patterson's books. Just finished "Sail" in less than 2 days, and read "The Quickie" last week. I also think you'd like Jonathan Kellerman.
post #23 of 29
Swan Song by Robert McCammon...


BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!!


post #24 of 29
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Swan Song by Robert McCammon...


BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!!


My favourite is Boy's Life by Robert McCammon.

Is Swan Song similar?
post #25 of 29
Swan Song took place like cold war era, and its a story of a group of people who start out on different sides of the US and are surviving after nuclear war.... in the end they all end up comming together, but it is the most amazing story of human life, even though it is fictional..... you fall madly in love with the characters.... I have read the silly thing 5 times!
post #26 of 29
HarryHarryHarryHarry I Said!!!
post #27 of 29
well its probably not somthing that you would be into, but the only book i have ever read start to finish (and that was at school!) and that was "of mice and men" by john steinbeck, and i enjoyed it greatly, it was made into a film too which you probably know, but i actually prefered the book!

thats my 2 pennyworth anyway!
post #28 of 29
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Swan Song by Robert McCammon...


BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!!


I was going to recommend that one too. I have read it so many times and I love it each time I read it. A fantastic tale of Good vs Evil, it a sit on the edge of your seat type of book. I agree that it is the best book I have ever read.

Another good book about good vs evil is The Stand by Stephen King. It is a book about the survivors of an viral warfare accident when about 99% of the world's population die.
post #29 of 29
I love books! I like to read mysteries mostly. My favorites are:

James Patterson (The Women Club Series, The Cross Series, anything of his):

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...sprefix=james+

Jonathan Kellerman (Alex Delware Series):

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...sprefix=Jonath

David Baldacci (For "lawyer, murder types" series):

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...sprefix=David+

Robin Cook (Medical mysteries):

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...n+Cook&x=0&y=0

Stuart Woods (lawyer mysteries):

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?...+woods&x=0&y=0

Lee Goldberg (Monk Series & Diagnosis Murder Series):

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?...ldberg&x=0&y=0

I could keep going & going. I love to read mostly the above authors (I collect their books to read & re-read again). But I do like to read new authors.

Happy reading!
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