November 16, 2018, 06:45:41 PM

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Who is the best writer?

#5 - Tad Williams
#28 - Michael Crichton
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FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« on: October 16, 2018, 07:04:48 PM »
#5 - Tad Williams

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#28 - Michael Crichton
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2018, 01:59:49 AM »
Crichton.

Jurassic Park, man!
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2018, 06:54:02 AM »
Williams is a modern master. He'd get my vote for The War of the Flowers alobe, but then throw in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and Otherland and I need to have more than one vote for him.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2018, 12:18:16 PM »
I'm waiting for more opinions to convince me (I haven't read either).
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2018, 09:46:46 PM »
I'm waiting for more opinions to convince me (I haven't read either).
Crichton is better known for films made out of his concepts (Jurassic Park, Westworld) than his novels. Williams as I said is imo a modern master. His debut (Tailchaser's Song) was a whimsical thing about the mythology of cats, then he did a big fat fantasy (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn) which was a kind of an homage to Tolkien and followed that with Otherland, a virtual reality extravaganza set in the near future. Wrote a great standalone The War of the Flowers, which is sort of urban portal fantasy. Shadowmarch was a more standard epic fantasy and the Bobby Dollar series was urban fantasy, he's recently returned with the world of Osten Ard with The Witchwood Crown. If I was starting now I'd go for The War of the Flowers, not just because it's a great book, but because it's standalone, so you don't feel the need to continue if it doesn't really grab you, but because he's written across genres he's a good writer to follow.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2018, 09:11:54 AM »
Haven't read Williams, but what Elfy said about Crichton, his novels turned movies were groundbreaking and Jurassic Park continues to get milked by Hollywood.

It's funny as I saw the movie first, then read the book. It was really strange, because it was a LOT different than the movie, as some main characters become comedy secondaries, others who live in the book die in the movie and etc. Really should read the book if you like JP.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2018, 12:17:41 PM »
Haven't read Williams, but what Elfy said about Crichton, his novels turned movies were groundbreaking and Jurassic Park continues to get milked by Hollywood.

It's funny as I saw the movie first, then read the book. It was really strange, because it was a LOT different than the movie, as some main characters become comedy secondaries, others who live in the book die in the movie and etc. Really should read the book if you like JP.
I did it the other way around with JP. Read the book, then saw the film
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2018, 09:51:50 AM »
Same as with Gemmell, I think from all I've heard of Williams I'll vote for him.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2018, 04:10:32 AM »
Tad Williams is versatile as Elfy showed and Memory Sorrow and Thorn is an old loved epic classic, so he gets my vote.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Tad Williams vs. Michael Crichton
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2018, 09:41:03 PM »
Crichton is god.

Jurassic Park, Lost world, Congo, Sphere, Prey, Airframe he was excellent across a wide variety of topics and evergreen stellar reads.
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