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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Please recommend your favorite fiction novel/author?

Please recommend a book or author you enjoy, however, there are some standards I'd like you to meet, if you don't mind:

-Nothing from the teen section.

-No overly romantic or erotic novels; that's really not my taste.

-No 'classics'. Don't get me wrong, I've read many and quite enjoy them, but the whole point of this question is that I'm trying to expand my modern literature collection.

Thanks for your time and effort.

Take care,

Mina

Update:

Thank-you everyone for your recommendations, I will look up all of them soon!

Thanks especially for your detailed answer, Jack, and I do agree that the Harry Potter books, while quite well-written, didn't evoke a lot of interest from me.

And (sorry to repeat this word) thanks for the extra comment, but I don't understand what's amazing about this question? :S

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sorry, I do not belong to the Harry Potter generation although I did read the first book in the series to find out what all the hype was about and found it quite boring. The writer or the subject matter did not draw me into the story, which is the way I judge a good book and author. Another criteria I have for judging an author is their knowledge of the subject matter they are writing about.

    Since I am a cowboy, I have always enjoyed a good western. Larry McMurtry of Lonesome Dove fame has the ability to pull me into his stories.He has written quite a few books and I have only read a handful, but what I have read, all are excellent.

    Another is James Michener, his knowledge of his subject makes his fiction so believable you could almost rewrite the history books to include his characters.

    Both of these authors have had movies made based on their books, but as always the movies are pale and anemic versions of the books.

    Mina, you never cease to amaze me.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Haruki Murakami--The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

    Neal Stephenson--The Baroque Cycle

    Vladimir Nabokov--The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

    John Steinbeck--The Log from the Sea of Cortez

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  • Beth
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    4 years ago

    Charles Dickens, Alice Sebold, JK Rowling, John Green

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  • 1 decade ago

    Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)

    Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)

    A Wild Sheep Chase (Haruki Murakami)

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  • 1 decade ago

    A Cry of Stone

    by: Michael D. O"Brien

    An uplifting piece of fiction.

    The main character, Rose, is a Native American born with severe scoliosis. Despite being born into poverty, abandoned by her mother, never knowing her father, living with the physical limitations of her humped back, dealing with self-involved characters in her life, she maintains a prayerful, positive outlook on life. She expresses herself through her love for drawing and painting. The plot never gets cloying. Her life of integrity (1940-1973) was so edifying and riveting that I found myself reading various parts aloud to my wife.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I love Patricia Briggs:

    Mercy Thompson Series

    -Moon Called #1

    -Blood Bound #2

    -Iron Kissed #3

    -Bone Crossed #4

    >http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Moon-Called/Patri...

    Along with Ilona Andrews:

    Kate Daniels Series

    -Magic Bites #1

    -Magic Burns #2

    -Magic Strikes #3

    >http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Magic-Bites/IIona...

    On the Edge

    >http://search.barnesandnoble.com/On-the-Edge/Ilona...

    Couple of my favorites.

    :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    my 2 favorite books are Secret Life of Bees by: Sue Monk Kidd

    and Memoirs of a Geisha by: Arthur Golden

    i have read them so many times!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I particularly enjoy historical fiction. My favorite author is Cynthia Meyer, unfortunately most of her books are in the young adult/teenager section.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Harry Potter i dont know if you would call that a classic

    Stargirl

    Alice In Wonderland

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