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Offline Hedin

How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:43:02 PM »
The discussion about Rothfuss's new novella yesterday got me thinking about whose books would I buy without any knowledge of what the story is about.  The author never mentioned the book in an interview or on their website and there was zero promotion, just one day you're at your local bookstore and you see it on the bookshelf (it doesn't even have a blurb on the back to tell you what the book is about at that point) at a regular full price.  We all have our favorite author lists and I would assume that for most people they might give the automatic buy treatment to their top 2-3 authors but I'm kinda of interested in seeing where everyone's cut-off line lies, is it 2-3 like me or so some of you go a lot deeper than that?.  Also, in the same vein, how many subpar (in your mind) books would one of your automatic buy authors have to put out until they no longer became an automatic buy?  Do you give them a pass for one "bad" book and hope for the best next time or is that one "bad" book enough to take them off the list?

For me I think my line cuts off at three (Sanderson, Abercrombie, and Erikson).  Everyone else I like I either don't have enough experience with them trust they will pump out great (or at least very good) books each time or I like some of their stuff but not some other (a good example for me here is Weeks, I really like his Lightbringer series but not really a fan of his Night Angel series).  I'm definitely not opposed to adding more to that list but it would probably take four or five consecutive great books and nothing that I didn't dislike in the past to get on the list.

As for when I would take one of those three off the list I think it would probably take two books in a row that I didn't care for.  I'm willing to give a pass once to just see if maybe it was a bit of an anomaly but after two I would really have to step back and reconsider things.

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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 01:27:31 PM »
My list would be

Joe Abercrombie
Mark Lawrence
Alastair Reynolds
Richard Ford

there are quite a few who I would have a good look at but not necessarily automatic buys. Be interested to see others!

Offline Phil Norris

Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2014, 01:53:29 PM »
My mainstays - as in authors who get a purchase off me without a second look - are as follows (and in no preference order...)

Sarah Pinborough
Lauren Beurkes
Chuck Wendig
Joe Abercrombie
George RR Martin
Bernard Cornwell
Kevin Hearne

In fact on my kindle Pinborough & Wendig are tied for top slot.
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Offline Ashes

Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2014, 02:40:06 PM »
Four that are permanent. Joe Abercrombie, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss, Stella Gemmell

And four that are looking at joining them. Brian McClellan, Luke Scull, Jeff Salyards, Nathan Hawke (Stephen Deas)
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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2014, 03:00:17 PM »
Steven Brust, Juliet Marillier, & Neil Gaiman have my undying loyalty. Also, I'd read Tolkien's grocery lists if they ever decided to publish them.

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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2014, 03:01:46 PM »
Oddly, very very few, when I think about it. I suppose I really need to know what the book is about before I buy it - for example, even Stephen King occasionally puts out a book about baseball... And that's not to say I won't read it one day, but I wouldn't necessarily snap it up on release day.

George R.R Martin would probably be one, having enjoyed everything of his I've read so far (Fevre Dream & Wild Cards as well as ASOIAF). With other writers there are some series that are definite buys - Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred series, or Robin Hobb's new trilogy (give me give me now) but on the other hand with Cornwell's ones I definitely prefer certain periods of history over others, so I'm less interested in Sharpe for example.
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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2014, 03:17:57 PM »
With other writers there are some series that are definite buys - Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred series, or Robin Hobb's new trilogy (give me give me now) but on the other hand with Cornwell's ones I definitely prefer certain periods of history over others, so I'm less interested in Sharpe for example.

If Cornwell would ever bring back his Starbuck Chronicles that would be an immediate buy for me.

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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2014, 03:53:43 PM »
Even when I come upon a book I had never heard of from an author I love, I never buy it without at least checking the internet on my phone to read a couple of things about it.

Still, these are the authors I trust the most:

Mark Lawrence
J.R.R. Tolkien
Neil Gaiman
George R.R. Martin
Terry Pratchett
Have I said Mark Lawrence?  :)

Also, I'd read Tolkien's grocery lists if they ever decided to publish them.

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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2014, 04:24:38 PM »
In the fantasy genre:
Abercrombie
Rothfuss

None fantasy:
Joe Hill
John Connolly

Comics:
Joe Hill
Warren Ellis
Brian K. Vaughn

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AW: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2014, 09:04:42 PM »
Terry Pratchett
Pat Rothfuss
Tamora Pierce
Mark Lawrence
Brandon Sanderson
Scott Lynch
Neil Gaiman
Maybe Steven Erikson
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Offline Yora

Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2014, 10:45:10 PM »
Automatic buy for me would only be new novels in a series I already know and like. I don't read that much that I would buy everything by any author completely blind.
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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2014, 11:07:44 PM »
I have a few, but it does change for me. I used to follow authors and series the way I bought comics, a new one comes out and you pick it up. Now I tend to be able to drop an author mid series if they disappoint me, mind you it will take a few books before that happens, but it has happened. One exception would probably be Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. I really loved the first 3 or 4 books of that, but she hasn't done a truly satisfying entry to me since that, yet I keep buying them in the hope that she'll recapture whatever it was that she did in the first few, fortunately there's only one left to go in the series, so yes I will buy that to finish it off.
Scott Lynch is another of the automatic buys and so is Seanan McGuire. Lejays17 has Pratchett in that column. Off the top of my head that is probably about it. Oh, yes let's stick Joe Abercrombie in there, although I am increasingly getting the feeling that he's writing the same book over and over.
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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2014, 01:23:13 AM »
George R. R. Martin
Joe Abercrombie
Robin Hobb
Joe Hill
Scott Lynch
Patrick Rothfuss
Ann Leckie

Authors that I think will make my 'automatic buy' after I read more than one book by them (assuming its as good as the first I read)
Kameron Hurley
Lauren Beukes

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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2014, 10:39:16 AM »
Without a doubt:

Robin Hobb

Close seconds:

Chris Wooding
Mark Hodder
William Horwood
C J Sansom (not fantasy)
Ben Aaronovitch
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Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2014, 02:08:12 PM »
George R. R. Martin
Joe Abercrombie
Robin Hobb
Joe Hill
Scott Lynch
Patrick Rothfuss
Ann Leckie

Authors that I think will make my 'automatic buy' after I read more than one book by them (assuming its as good as the first I read)
Kameron Hurley
Lauren Beukes

Similar to Arry's list but no Patrick Rottenfuss or wouldn't put Ann Leckie there yet and only read a couple of shorts by Joe Hill. So completely different actually.

George RR Martin
Terry Pratchett
Robin Hobb
Neil Gaiman
Scott Lynch
Joe Abercrombie
David Mitchell

Would say Nick Harkway and China Meiville as well but need to fill in a couple of gaps in their back catalogues.
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