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Spurred by this thread, I decided to make a list for your favorite books and authors that don't necessarily restrict you to fantasy. That's why I placed it in the Non-Fantasy Books Board.

Will get mine up probably tomorrow.
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Offline Funky Scarecrow

Really? No one? All right then, I'll start. In no particular order:

- Iain (M) Banks
- Lawrence Block
- Kate Atkinson
- Shusaku Endo
- Peter Høeg
- Winifred Watson
- Larry McMurtry
- Donald E. Westlake
- Truman Capote
- Katharine Burdekin

Those are the ones topping the list right now. The list is, as always with me, subject to change at a moment's notice.
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Offline pornokitsch

Really? No one? All right then, I'll start. In no particular order:

- Iain (M) Banks
- Lawrence Block
- Kate Atkinson
- Shusaku Endo
- Peter Høeg
- Winifred Watson
- Larry McMurtry
- Donald E. Westlake
- Truman Capote
- Katharine Burdekin

Those are the ones topping the list right now. The list is, as always with me, subject to change at a moment's notice.

I've gotten into Westlake and Block through Hard Case Crime. Which are the best books to start with, properly?

(Also, McMurtry! YES.)

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I couldn't possibly choose! D:

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Spurred by this thread, I decided to make a list for your favorite books and authors that don't necessarily restrict you to fantasy. That's why I placed it in the Non-Fantasy Books Board.

Will get mine up probably tomorrow.
In no particular order...
  • Ray Bradbury, The October Country
  • Zadie Smith, On Beauty
  • Neil Gaiman, Coraline and Stardust
  • E.M Forster, The Longest Journey
  • Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Niccolo Machievelli, The Prince
  • William Thackerey, Vanity Fair
  • Graham Greene, The Honorary Consul
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • ...

....That's all I got. To the library!

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Let's see...

Alexandre Dumas père, the Three Musketeers.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island.

Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (based on a Fifer!).

Dante Alighieri, the Divine Comedy.

Geoffrey Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales.

Murasaki Shikibu, Genji Monogatari (the Tale of Genji).

The last 4 would probably be picks from my vast pile of pirate books, but I very much doubt I could get it down to 4, as they are all very interesting and useful.
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I've gotten into Westlake and Block through Hard Case Crime. Which are the best books to start with, properly?

(Also, McMurtry! YES.)

Hmm. With Block he's a bit of a chameleon, so if you like dark, brooding crime novels in particular then try the Matthew Scudder novels - When the Sacred Ginmill Closes is a personal favourite of mine; if you favour comic crime capers, the Bernie Rhodenbarr novels are a fine example of the type - Start anywhere, they're all light, silly and barrel along at a great pace; if you like Rex Stout, literary in-jokes and borderline porn (and who doesn't?) then the Chip Harrison novels are like manna from heaven - Start with No Score, the first in the series; the Evan Tanner novels are relentlessly fun pulp adventures - Start at the beginning, with The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep.

With regard to Westlake, I tell everyone to start with The Hunter (published under the pseudonym Richard Stark) and The Hot Rock. If you like crime novels even a little bit one of those two will hit your sweet spot, then expand outwards into his non-series fiction. Fair warning; the Richard Stark novels in particular are products of their time and intended audience, so have sexual scenes and gender politics that are... problematic, shall we say, for modern readers.
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Amazing, thanks!

Offline magisensei

Favorite non-fantasy - does this include science fiction? Here's a short list of some of my favorite authors:

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice - really all of her books are great. 

JD Robb (who is Nora Roberts) - In Death series (mystery mixed with sci-fi)

Donna Andrews - Meg Langslow series (a mystery series)

Julie Hyzy - White House Chef mysteries

William Shakespeare - his plays

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein

Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning - poetry

Oscar Wilde - plays

Rumiko Takahashi - maison ikkoku (manga) - any series by her

Tsukasa Hojo - City Hunter; Cat's eye (manga) 

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Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife
Warren Ellis - Crooked Little Vein
Charlie Huston - Shotgun Rule
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Angel's Game
Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
Steward O'Nan - Songs for Missing
Edgar Allan Poe - Masque of the Red Death

...and that's all I have for now. Usually, I am hesitant to list an author with only one book or with only one book that I have read, but this thread isn't getting a lot of love and the ones that fall under those two designations truly impressed me.

I'd love to list Roberto Bolaño up there, as I adore what I have read of his, but I have yet to finish one of his books. Everything goes well at first and then "part one" ends and he changes direction and shifts focus and my investment goes poof. This happened with 2666 and The Savage Detectives and I eventually decided to take them one part at a time to preserve my sanity. All I have to do is work my way back to the books.

I would list Don DeLillo, but I have only read Point Omega and though I loved it I would never include it as a favorite. The good news is, apparently Point Omega is one of his lesser books, so I have something to look forward to when I get around to pulling Underworld down from the shelf. I've got Pynchon waiting, too.

I've seen Zadie Smith listed here and no doubt she and White Teeth will find its way onto my list when I finish  it sometime over the next couple weeks.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Authors And Your Favorite Work by Said Author
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2013, 01:51:10 AM »
Ahh. I should've put in the first post clarification.

This doesn't have to be *specifically* non-fantasy, as the other one was. You can include fantasy books; no guilliotine swinging over your head if you do. I just meant this was a place to put your favorite novels, authors and works by them.

Hope that clears anything up. And Mods, if you could change the Title, get rid of the stuff in parentheses, that would be great.  :)
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Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife
Warren Ellis - Crooked Little Vein
Charlie Huston - Shotgun Rule
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Angel's Game
Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
Steward O'Nan - Songs for Missing
Edgar Allan Poe - Masque of the Red Death

...and that's all I have for now. Usually, I am hesitant to list an author with only one book or with only one book that I have read, but this thread isn't getting a lot of love and the ones that fall under those two designations truly impressed me.

I'd love to list Roberto Bolaño up there, as I adore what I have read of his, but I have yet to finish one of his books. Everything goes well at first and then "part one" ends and he changes direction and shifts focus and my investment goes poof. This happened with 2666 and The Savage Detectives and I eventually decided to take them one part at a time to preserve my sanity. All I have to do is work my way back to the books.

I would list Don DeLillo, but I have only read Point Omega and though I loved it I would never include it as a favorite. The good news is, apparently Point Omega is one of his lesser books, so I have something to look forward to when I get around to pulling Underworld down from the shelf. I've got Pynchon waiting, too.

I've seen Zadie Smith listed here and no doubt she and White Teeth will find its way onto my list when I finish  it sometime over the next couple weeks.

Ahhh good selection! Most are on my to-read list.
As for Zadie Smith...confession time: as much as White Teeth is praised, I've found reading it to be like trying to break into a bank. Got to get my Ocean's Eleven game on before I have another go at it! That said I loveloveloved On Beauty, although methinks it is a lot more...introspective. Very much character-driven (the plot is...well, pretty much an aside!). And the writing's different too, somehow. Very Foster-esque as well, and I imagine that makes it very devisive so YMMV!  ;)

Offline David Gullen

Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Authors And Your Favorite Work by Said Author
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2013, 07:40:53 PM »
Gosh.

Jack Vance - Night Lamp is a great example of his late form, but for me, honestly, almost everything, including his contemporary mystery and adventure, eg Bad Ronald, and The Man in the Cage.
JG Ballard - The Unlimited Dream Company.
Robert Holdstock - Mythago Wood. The most beautiful English fantasy.
Lord Dunsany -  The King of Elfland's Daughter
Chris Beckett - Black Eden
Mike, Lin & Louise Carey - The Steel Seraglio /City of Silk & Steel

Really interesting lists from everyone so far!
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Authors And Your Favorite Work by Said Author
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2013, 03:51:45 PM »
Terry Pratchett - Nightwatch
Harry Harrison - The Stainless Steel Rat
James Ellroy - LA Confidential
Chris Wooding - Retribution Falls
Neil Gaiman - Anansi Boys
Ben Aaranovitch - Rivers of London
Kim Newman - Anno Dracula
Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club
Jo Nesbo - Phantom
David Simon - Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
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Offline HRO

Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Authors And Your Favorite Work by Said Author
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2014, 09:38:39 PM »
Excluding classic lit (which is easily it's own Top Ten) here is my list in alphabetical order. (My answer, of course, would be entirely differently tomorrow...  :-\ )

1.   Atkinson, Kate - Life After Life
2.   Fletcher, Susan - Witch Light
3.   Hall, Sarah - The Electric Michelangelo
4.   Humphries, Helen - The Lost Garden
5.   Jensen, Liz - The Uninvited
6.   Krauss, Nicole - The History of Love
7.   Pochoda, Ivy - The Art of Disappearing
8.   Richards, Jess - Snake Ropes
9.   Roffey, Monique - The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
10.   Smith, Ali - There but for the


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