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Subject: Are the children as good as their parents?
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 5:57 PM ET
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I have read several books by the children of authors I enjoy.  James Lee Burkes daughter, Alafair, and also the Kellerman's son, Jesse.

I am finding out that I do not think the kids write as well as their parent/s.

Has anyone read anything they did like by the authors children?

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 6:47 AM ET
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I really enjoyed Let The Hurricane Roar by Rose Wilder Lane, who was the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote all the Little House books.  This very slim book told the story of the very young and newly married Charles and Caroline's first homestead, and all they endured.   Most enjoyable. 

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 10:01 AM ET
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I loved Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, who is Stephen King's son.

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 2:48 PM ET
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Jeff Shaara has become far more successful a writer than his father Michael ever was.  And Jeff is very good.  However, none of Jeff's books have ever affected me profoundly, the way that  Michael's Killer Angels did.

Date Posted: 10/30/2009 2:26 PM ET
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I totally agree with you; James Lee Burke is probably my very favorite author, or at least in a 2- or 3-way tie. But I thought his daughter's books were a total waste of my time.

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 4:44 PM ET
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Well, Eloisa James is a historical romance novelist - her father is the poet Robert Bly.  Can't say she's better than her dad, just because they are totally different, but she's excellent!

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 9:20 PM ET
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I like the Inheritance books by Christopher Paolini. He's Ann Rice's son.  I've never read one of her books and I've never had an interest in them. But I like her son's books.

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 10:27 PM ET
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Clive Cussler's son is the "co-writer" of some of the newer books.  I don't think that they are as good.

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 8:00 AM ET
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Christopher Buckley is the son of William F. Buckley.  His book Thank You For Smoking is one of the funniest I've ever read.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 11/7/2009 7:14 PM ET
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 loved Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, who is Stephen King's son.

I liked this one as well, but  have to say Stephen King is better.  I guess it doesn't count, but Greg Bear is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson, and I like both authors.

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 11:03 PM ET
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Daphne DuMaurier was either a  better than or equivalently good novelist with her grandfather, George L. P. B. DuMaurier.  The judgment to be made is whether Peter Ibbetson and Trilby were better novels than Rebecca and The King's General.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Mary L -

Christopher Paolini is not Anne Rice's son.  Her son is Christopher Rice, who wrote 4 novels so far - A Destiny of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, and Blind Fall.

I haven't read any of his work, but I love his mother's vampire series.  :)



Date Posted: 11/10/2009 7:11 PM ET
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Hmm I knew her son was a writer but I not the one I was thinking.