October 29, 2020, 09:01:20 AM

Poll

Who is the best author?

Tolkien
4 (19%)
George R.R. Martin
2 (9.5%)
Stephen King
0 (0%)
Brandon Sanderson
1 (4.8%)
C.S Lewis
0 (0%)
J.K Rowling
0 (0%)
Rick Riordan
0 (0%)
Neil Gaiman
0 (0%)
Orson Scott Card
0 (0%)
Lewis Carroll
0 (0%)
Weis and Hickman
1 (4.8%)
Other(please specify)
13 (61.9%)

Total Members Voted: 21

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Offline Captain Blobby

Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2016, 08:55:42 AM »
A lot of people going for Other. I feel that Other is pretty overhyped and in recent times has been very hit and miss.

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Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2016, 09:14:42 AM »
A lot of people going for Other. I feel that Other is pretty overhyped and in recent times has been very hit and miss.
Yeah, some of their books are way overrated and there were definitely a few DNFs for me.
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Offline Phoenix

Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2016, 01:44:23 PM »
Myself.

Did you mean, 'which of these authors is the best?' because otherwise you're missing 99.90% of the authors included in the section "Ever".
Wow guys, way to be modest ;D
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Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2016, 03:20:45 PM »
Modesty isn't required when you're joking.
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Offline Lu Kudzoza

Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2016, 04:13:09 PM »
Different authors for different reasons.

George R. R. Martin - the master of conflict
Brandon Sanderson - world building and magic systems
Robin Hobb - character voice
Orson Scott Card - philosophy (in the Ender books)

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Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2016, 04:23:06 PM »
I hate* to be a pedant, but surely this should be Best Author Yet? For all we know the Best Author Ever hasn't even been born yet...

*Ok, I love being a pedant.

Offline G_R_Matthews

Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2016, 10:09:08 PM »
A lot of people going for Other. I feel that Other is pretty overhyped and in recent times has been very hit and miss.
Yeah, some of their books are way overrated and there were definitely a few DNFs for me.

Still going to change my name to Other though :)
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Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2016, 11:54:16 PM »
Shakespeare.

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Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2016, 02:26:37 AM »
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Online Peat

Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2016, 04:07:51 AM »
Shakespeare.

Maybe if this was best playwright or poet... but author? Methinks not.



To take things a bit more seriously, if I was to draw up a poll on the same topic my shortlist would be vastly different. Like Eclipse, I don't even know who Rick Riordan is. *googles* Ohhh.  Pratchett, Howard, Moorcock and Jordan would all be on my shortlist.

Perhaps one way to do this would be to ask questions of yourself such as "Which author do I have the most books by" and "Which author do I have the highest percentage of their work".

For me, the answer to the first would be Pratchett (with Gemmell and Feist not too far behind). By percentage though, that would be Tolkien.

I still don't think I could pick just one though. I'd love to create some author dream teams though, like Tolkien to create the world, Jordan to plot the story with Gemmell to write it (and both men to rein in Jordan's plotting!).
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Offline Lu Kudzoza

Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2016, 01:13:41 AM »
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Still going to change my name to Other though

Yeah, it looks like everyone likes books written by him.

Offline Takoren

Re: Best Author Ever?
« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2016, 02:36:53 AM »
One thing I can say for sure, though, is that there are far more authors I strongly dislike, or even loathe, than authors I adore.

Also, there's almost no author who I feel writes a winner every time.

But authors I will always hold in high regard include (but are by no means limited to), George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Joe Abercrombie, Patrick Rothfuss, Gene Wolfe, Frank Herbert, Brandon Sanderson and Steven Erikson.

I like them all for different reasons, and I admit I have not read the entire catalog of any of them (Sanderson oddly enough comes closest). Mostly, when I say "I love Robin Hobb", what I mean is "I love the Farseer Trilogy". When I say "Gene Wolfe is a genius", I mean "The Book of the New Sun is a work of genius."

And of course, I love Tolkien, by which I mean "I was raised on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and it will always be a part of me." I'm no longer convinced that LOTR is the greatest ever or that if I had read it for the first time as an adult it would have the same effect on me.
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