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Subject: Favorite Author anyone?
Date Posted: 6/14/2011 7:41 PM ET
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Is there a particular author whose books you would buy without even reading the reviews?

I have yet to read a book I didn't like written by Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, and Maeve Binchey.


Date Posted: 6/14/2011 8:39 PM ET
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Yes, I have a few.

Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans, and Harlan Coben.  I will buy their books no matter what.

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 9:32 PM ET
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Stephen King, Tana French, Mo Hayder, Nick Bantock, Christopher Fowler, Robert Rankin, Christopher Moore, and Margaret Peterson Haddix spring to mind immediately. 

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Date Posted: 6/15/2011 7:07 PM ET
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Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe Haldeman, Herman Wouk, Karin Slaughter and a posthumous mention for Michael Crichton, snce I understand Richard Preston is completing a book from an unfinished manuscript of Crichton's.

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 7:13 PM ET
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James Grippando, Lee Child, John Sandford, Joy Fielding

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 11:00 AM ET
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This week it's Kage Baker for science fiction and Nicholas Kilmer for mysteries, but somebody else might have pounced on me by next week.

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Date Posted: 6/16/2011 3:42 PM ET
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Diana Gabaldon

Suzanne Brockmann

Elizabeth Chadwick

If they were alive, Pearl S. Buck and Eleanor Hibbert (Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt/Philippa Carr).

My mom auto-buys W.E.B. Griffin's books, which is strange because they are so not the type of books she usually reads, but she loves them.  In fact she is holding onto a Barnes & Noble gift card I gave her at Easter for when his next book comes out.

Subject: Favorite Author
Date Posted: 6/16/2011 4:06 PM ET
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I too like anything written by Isabel Allende.  But, as far as a favorite author.......I can't name only one.  I have many!

For historical fiction, I love Sharon Kay Penman,  because of her meticulous research of settings and events.

For mystery, Agatha Christie will always be my favorite!

For contemporary Fiction, (it depends on what mood I'm in!?!)  Elizabeth Berg, Barbara Kingslover, Ann Tyler and Margaret Atwood.

For classic Literature my favorites are Janne Austen and Leo Tolstoy

I don't have an author that I "auto-buy."

Date Posted: 6/18/2011 9:55 AM ET
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I auto-buy anything by Charlaine Harris.

Date Posted: 6/18/2011 10:22 AM ET
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I love the following


Mary Alice Monroe

Diane Chamberlaine

Sandra Kring


And they are just a few of the ones I enjoy reading

Date Posted: 6/18/2011 6:00 PM ET
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I love a lot of these authors but I don't auto buy anything.  I have so many books to read now that I usually wait for it to come out at the library or I wait to get it on PBS.  Sometimes I do buy them when they are on the bargain shelf at the book store. 

Date Posted: 6/19/2011 12:32 AM ET
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C.J.Box, Craig Johnson and Elizabeth George come to mind.

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 6:17 PM ET
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Jan Karon, Jennifer Chiaverini, Susan Wittig Albert, Nancy Atherton, Kate Mosse, Kate Morton, Susan Strempek Shea, Chris Bohjalian, Patrick Taylor

Used to be Michael Crichton as well I really miss his books!

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 10:58 PM ET
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Francine Rivers -- Christian Fiction.   I've read many of her books and they are all AWESOME

Date Posted: 7/4/2011 8:31 PM ET
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Chris Bohjalian, Susanna Kearsley, Marcia Willett, Maeve Binchy, Sandra Dallas and Anne Rivers Siddons are the first few that spring to mind.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2011 10:46 PM ET
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I preorder every new thing by Terry Pratchett, and he's one author I'd pay full price for too. ;o)

I also have bought everything by Vladimir Voinovich, without hesitation. Sadly I have to wait for his newest works to be released in translation.

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 4:51 PM ET
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J.D. Robb, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Lee Child, Jefferson Bass, Kathy Reich and the Lincoln Rhyme series.

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 5:14 PM ET
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Christopher Moore, Jasper Fforde, Christopher Buckley, Douglas Preston, Erik Larson, Garth Ennis, JK Rowling

Date Posted: 7/11/2011 9:32 PM ET
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Another Isabel Allende fan!  She's my only auto-buy.

Date Posted: 7/12/2011 4:14 PM ET
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Sharon Kay Penman

Elizabeth Chadwick

George RR Martin

Bernard Cornwell

Martin and Penman are double-buys: the hardcover for my keeper shelves plus the e-book for my Nook, because they are always HUGE and I don't want to drag them on my commute.

Date Posted: 7/13/2011 8:10 PM ET
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Donald Westlake.


His Dortmunder Series is the funniest novels I have ever read.  Great Stuff.  His serious novels are great to.  The Ax may be my favorite.


Date Posted: 7/14/2011 1:38 AM ET
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Really depends on the genre...

For sci-fi and fantasy, I love Robert Jordan, C.S. Lewis, Naomi Novik, A.C. Crispin, Terry Brooks, Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allstonand L.E. Modesitt Jr.  Several of those authors write prolifically in both genres.

For general fiction - I generally do read a lot, but I love that specific genre of late 19th/early 20th century girlhood books by Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery - to a lesser degree, Laura Ingalls Wilder, because her books are for a much younger audience.

Historical fiction - C.S. Forester and Thomas B. Costain.  If you enjoy historical fiction at all, you must read some of Costain's work.  His most famous is probably The Black Rose, but honestly it's not my favorite - it's about a bastard son who's left a pair of boots by his father and leaves to explore the holy land and go to Cathay (China) to seek his fortune.  He falls in love with a woman and, well, it's an adventure.  But Son of a Hundred Kings is also very good - early 20th century about a young boy who arrives in a town to live with his uncle, a ne'er do well who's turned up dead.  I think The Tontine is my favorite though - it's an epic spanning 60 years and the rise of the industrial revolution in England.

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Date Posted: 7/17/2011 10:29 PM ET
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Subject: yes it depends on the genre.
Date Posted: 7/20/2011 1:22 PM ET
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Jodi Picoult always, but I must say that I am glad "Songs of the Humpback Whale" was not my first read cause I didn't care for it.

Robert Crais especially Joe Pike. I've read them all.

Jenna Blum  " Those who save us" was marvelous.

Elizabeth Berg, loved "Open House"

Linda Castillo  The 3 books of the Amish series were very good.

Dennis Lehane   "Drink before the war"  "Shutter Island"

Chris Bohjalian.....just to name a few.

Date Posted: 7/20/2011 2:20 PM ET
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Two that jump right out (but I have others too)-

Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey

Masters of some Freaky Florida Crime Fiction.