I have always loved Herman Wouk, though I don't know if he's still writing; he would be almost 100 years old by now. He's mostly known for his war novels, like The Winds of War, War and Remembrance and The Caine Mutiny. I consider The Caine Mutiny one of the greatest coming-of-age stories ever written (and also one of the lousiest adaptations for the movies - except for the Humphrey Bogart role as Captain Queeg), and I also very much liked his earlier novels Marjorie Morningstar and Youngblood Hawke. I've read a little of Cormac McCarthy, including The Road and No Country for Old Men, and enjoyed them.
@ Bill G, sorry to plummet so low in your esteem, but I eagerly awaited each Harry Potter book as they came out. No, not the best writing in the world, quite a bit awkward in some places, but the plots were intricate and almost seamless, every loose end tied up, and it's easy to understand how the essential theme of good vs. evil attracted so many young readers. I've read a few King novels (Long Green Mile and Delores Claiborne come to mind) but neither of the others, nor would I want to.
Bill - That's funny. I just finished reading Jane Eyre (Charlotte) for about the tenth time, and I always end up shedding a tear or two at the end. It was free for Kindle, and so is Wuthering Heights (Emily), which I've never been able to get into. But that's my next project. Maybe if I read a synopsis on Wiki I'll be able to at least follow along. A lot of my reading is based on cost these days, as I can't see well enough to do the library thing with the actual books any more. Sob. The cheapest Marquez book I've been able to find on Kindle is $16.50, so maybe after the medical bills are paid off, I'll give him a try. I'm sure I will like him.