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Title: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Hedin 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Lamela 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!
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Phil Norris 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Ashes 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)
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: ladybritches 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: sennydreadful 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Hedin 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Saraband 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.

^ this  ;)
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Ben 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
Title: AW: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: xiagan 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
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Yora 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Elfy 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Arry 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

Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: DBASKLS 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
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Nighteyes 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.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Druss on November 02, 2014, 04:40:53 PM
For me there's probably only a couple

Robin Hobb - although she pushed her luck with the Soldier Son nonsense. I've found myself emotionally invested in her world somehow so I let it slide.
Anthony Ryan - I will buy further Tower Lord books no matter what. Just super engrossed in the series.

Other then that not really, just because I'm a big fan of someone doesn't mean Ill just give them money for no reason. Although there are many authors who would have to do something terrible for me not to give their latest offering a go.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Luke Matthews on November 02, 2014, 08:27:05 PM
When I started thinking about this question, I realized that I don't really have any "auto-buy" authors anymore. There was a time when I bought everything Michael Crichton wrote, but I think I was turned off of auto-buying anyone's books by David Eddings.

I grew up on The Belgariad and The Mallorean. I love nearly every book associated with those characters (except, maybe, the Rivan Codex). So, I had a "buy anything by David Eddings" policy for a while, right up until I bought The Losers. The Losers was extraordinarily boring, and so far afield from the Belgariad, but I was willing to excuse some of its failings since it was one of Eddings' first books. The book that destroyed the policy for me was The Redmeption of Althalus. 800 pages and *nothing happens*.

That was the book that made me wary of auto-buying anything, even from an author that I'm nearly fanatical about. More recently, I've found authors whose style I love, but I can't be driven to blindly pick up their work. I would've said that about Patrick Rothfuss, but I'm militantly uninterested in The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Daniel Abraham hooked me with the Long Price Quartet, but it took some convincing for me to pick up Leviathan Wakes.

So, I don't have any auto-buy authors anymore, and it's all David Eddings' fault.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: BeardKing on November 03, 2014, 08:58:42 PM
GRRM
Joe Abercrombie
Robin Hobb
Michael J. Sullivan

For now. I'm sure there will be others as I read new stuff. :)
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: AniOneHereAlive on November 04, 2014, 04:49:53 AM
Two

Terry Goodkind
Andrzej Sapkowski

Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: eclipse on November 04, 2014, 08:09:57 PM
Paul F Wilson (Repairman Jack series)

Glen Cook (Garrett Files)
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Stars Cascade on November 09, 2014, 12:00:22 AM
I don't think there is an author specifically I will auto buy. There are definitely series that I do this for, but author specific?  I dunno.

Sandersons Stormlight & mistborn books, Scott lynch and locke. - if/when he releases something outside of the locke books I will have to see what it's about first. Ditto Rothfuss with Kvothe. 

Discworld novels for sure.

So, perhaps to an extent?
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Francis Knight on November 09, 2014, 12:47:30 AM
Bujold
Cherryh
Pratchett

That's it -- everyone else is on a "does it look interesting/my kind of thing" basis
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Elfy on November 09, 2014, 05:28:02 AM
I don't think there is an author specifically I will auto buy. There are definitely series that I do this for, but author specific?  I dunno.

Sandersons Stormlight & mistborn books, Scott lynch and locke. - if/when he releases something outside of the locke books I will have to see what it's about first. Ditto Rothfuss with Kvothe. 

Discworld novels for sure.

So, perhaps to an extent?
If you have a look at Scott's site there's a few chapters of an old style pulp SF called Queen of the Iron Sands. It's quite a lot of fun, and he said at Worldcon that he does have plans to complete that as an actual book and release it at some time. Of course this all depends on him actually getting the time away from the GB books to write that, but what is up there is highly entertaining.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: eclipse on September 16, 2020, 06:37:01 PM
Paul F Wilson (Repairman Jack series)

Glen Cook (Garrett Files)

John D MacDonald
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Bender on September 16, 2020, 09:12:49 PM
None, but some series do. Dresden and Stormlight for example.

Actually, on second thoughts, Sanderson comes really close...but still not a automatic. 
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Nora on September 16, 2020, 10:35:29 PM
No one is an automatic. If their new work doesn't appeal to me there are no guarantees whatsoever I'll buy their books, but I do have authors whose new book will be an instant buy if it sounds interesting :

Becky Chambers, Ann leckie, Yoon Ha Lee, Timothee Zahn, Madeline Miller, Brandon Sanderson... IF ONLY VERNOR VINGE WOULD WRITE MOOOAAAR....
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Ned Marcus on September 17, 2020, 12:46:55 AM
No one, but if it's a series I like, then I'd just buy the next instalment when it came out.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: cupiscent on September 17, 2020, 12:55:25 AM
To a certain extent it depends on price/format. Here in Aus, foreign-only hardbacks can be hellish expensive - I won't necessarily go there automatically even for Max Gladstone.

That said, authors who need reasons for me NOT to buy are:
Max Gladstone
NK Jemisin
Guy Gavriel Kay (I'm less into his contemporary-with-fantasy-elements books, but he doesn't do many)
Ben Aaronovitch
Megan Whalen Turner
Scott Lynch
KJ Parker (though I have gaps in the back catalogue from when we had no shelf space)
Rachel Hartman
Genevieve Valentine (everything she does is wildly different, but wildly great)

And to be honest, Tamsyn Muir's showing so far has been so strong I'd be inclined to pick up whatever she does just on the basis that it's going to be fascinatingly well written, regardless of whether it's "my thing". (Space necromancers isn't my thing either, and I have enjoyed the heck out of it.) Similarly, Seth Dickinson's work has been so solid so far, I'd probably follow anywhere.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on September 17, 2020, 05:58:19 AM
Brandon Sanderson. Almost Mark Lawrence. Marissa Meyer. The first book in every series by V. E. Schwabb (she had a tendency to have really great first books but worse second, third books).
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Peat on September 17, 2020, 04:12:39 PM
I don't have one and it makes me sad.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Henry Dale on September 17, 2020, 06:37:22 PM
No one, I let them sweat for l my hard-earned money  :P
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Alex Hormann on September 19, 2020, 04:18:16 PM
Brandon Sanderson and Adrian Tchaikovsky are the two I hunt down new books avidly for. Christopher Ruocchio is one I buy anthologies just for his short stories. To be fair though, most authors I like, I tend to by everything they've written.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: ScarletBea on September 19, 2020, 04:19:25 PM
No one, I let them sweat for l my hard-earned money  :P
This ;D
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Elfy on September 20, 2020, 01:36:00 AM
This used to be a big list, but now it’s quite small. Joe Abercrombie is on it, as is Grady Hendrix and Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, although I didn’t bother with the final book in Mira’s Symbiont trilogy.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Rostum on September 20, 2020, 03:14:21 AM
Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie & Ben Aaronvitch I tend to buy everything on release date in hardback.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Neveesandeh on September 20, 2020, 08:23:10 AM
A lot less than there used to be. I'm much harder to please than I was.
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Lejays17 on September 24, 2020, 02:16:36 PM
This used to be a big list, but now it’s quite small. Joe Abercrombie is on it, as is Grady Hendrix and Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, although I didn’t bother with the final book in Mira’s Symbiont trilogy.

Seanan yes, but Mira no, I think.  Unless she does another mermaid book.

I’m surprised that Catherynne Valente isn’t in the list for you too.

For me, both my Must Buy Immediately, Trample People to Get a Copy have died, so there will be no more works from them  :'(
They were Terry Pratchett & Anne McCaffrey.

Otherwise, the others are Elizabeth Chadwick & Sharon Penman.  Although, I can be patient with them as I’ve built up a few I haven’t read yet.  Product of reading a lot less in general, and also taking 5 years to read Lionheart.  It was a very well travelled book as it only got read on holidays for some reason.  The sequel has been eyeing me reproachfully when I go in the library & pick something that isn’t it to read  ;D
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Wotan18 on September 27, 2020, 07:56:32 PM
Bernard Cornwall only these days
Title: Re: How many authors get your automatic buy treatment?
Post by: Elfy on September 27, 2020, 11:02:47 PM
This used to be a big list, but now it’s quite small. Joe Abercrombie is on it, as is Grady Hendrix and Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, although I didn’t bother with the final book in Mira’s Symbiont trilogy.

Seanan yes, but Mira no, I think.  Unless she does another mermaid book.

I’m surprised that Catherynne Valente isn’t in the list for you too.

For me, both my Must Buy Immediately, Trample People to Get a Copy have died, so there will be no more works from them  :'(
They were Terry Pratchett & Anne McCaffrey.

Otherwise, the others are Elizabeth Chadwick & Sharon Penman.  Although, I can be patient with them as I’ve built up a few I haven’t read yet.  Product of reading a lot less in general, and also taking 5 years to read Lionheart.  It was a very well travelled book as it only got read on holidays for some reason.  The sequel has been eyeing me reproachfully when I go in the library & pick something that isn’t it to read  ;D
I love Cat, but thinking about it, she's not a must buy, dependent on the subject material.