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Subject: What authors do you have to have immediately?
Date Posted: 7/27/2008 10:16 AM ET
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I am slowly collecting some series, and when I get them all, I will read them in a fell swoop.

But which authors can you not wait for?

The following are the ones that I pre-order as soon as they are available in hard cover so I get them almost on the day of publication:

Terry Pratchett, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine (these I order from the UK and have airmailed because it's faster)

Robert Barnard

Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder , Tanner, and Hit Man series. Can wait on Bernie.

Reginald Hill

Graeme Base, and the young Jack Sparrows for B

I do have the 4th of Strasser's Clan Corporate pre-ordered in hard cover

the Harry Potters for the last 4

I will pre-order Eric Flint's sequel (if any) to 1812 and 1824

And if Stirling ever does a sequel to the Nantucket series, i will also do the same.


What about ya'll?

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 12:00 PM ET
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I always pre-order James Lee Burke.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 12:29 PM ET
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Amy Tan, Pat Conrol, and Khaled Hosseini.  They're my favorites.  :)

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 12:30 PM ET
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Well, I used to just have to have Jodi Picoult, now not so much.  I'm tired of her LOL.

But when Zoey Dean was still writing "The A-List" series, I got them immediately.  Same with when Cecily von Ziegesar was writing the "Gossip Girl" series (a fan LONG before the show was being made), I had to have those, and her still going It-Girl, I get them when they released.  And the one other series is Kate Brian's "Private".  All young adult, and I love them.  I also try and get anything by Christina Sky when it comes out, and Harlen Coban's "Myron Bolitar" books.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 1:29 PM ET
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Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Series) is the only author I buy on the day the books come out.

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Date Posted: 7/27/2008 2:28 PM ET
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Lawrence Block - Hitman Series

John Grisham

Usually I can wait for paperbacks or PBS trades.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 2:50 PM ET
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Shannon Mckenna, C.S. Harris, Marianne Stillings and the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich.  Also the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. I'm going through withdrawel on that series.  More please!

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 5:45 PM ET
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C.J.Box and Craig Johnson for sure. There are a couple of Children's/YA books that I buy right away, too. Cressida Cowell's Hiccup Horrendus Haddock books and Angie Sage's Septimus Heap books come to mind but I know there are more.
Date Posted: 7/27/2008 6:12 PM ET
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Here are a few I've been known to be waiting for anxiously!

Victoria Laurie

Jimmie Ruth Evans

Janet Evanovich - didnt' go out and buy 14 since I went out and bought 13 and it sat a while :-(

Lisa Marie Rice

Jory Strong(crime tells series only)

Lucy Monroe - goddard series or related type book


Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Diana Gabaldon, Marian Keyes.

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Hugh Laurie, Stephenie Meyer, Ted Dekker, Mel Odom, Eoin Colfer, David Michaels, Sophie Kinsella and Michael Scott.

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Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Chiaverini, Tracy Chevalier, Dan Brown, and George R.R. Martin. For fans of Cecily Von Ziesegar - did you know she's now starting on an adult series?
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:50 PM ET
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Janet Evanovitch (Stephanie Plum series only though), Sophie Kinsella/Madeline Whickam (same person). Those are the only two who I really go for at the moment that are still putting stuff out currently. I also compusively buy Jane Austen books, especially Pride and Prejudice. If I see a new printing of it that looks pretty I just can't help myself. I think I have about 5 copies at this point.
Date Posted: 7/30/2008 11:01 AM ET
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TCR - Hugh Laurie???  As in Dr House Hugh Laurie?


Mine would be Stephen King, Robert Fulghum, Chuck Kloosterman, Cameron Crowe if he wrote more books. 

I only realized in the past year or so how much I like "chick lit", so there are a few more writers who'll probably get added to that list once I've finished their older books.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Sharyn McCrumb until she got on the Nascar kick.  Harland Coben, Karin Slaughter--the list is long and expensive.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 11:42 AM ET
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I agree about Sharon McCrumb. I loved the ballads series.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Philippa Gregory for me :)

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Though I don't pre-order, I read absolutely anything with Jennifer Weiner's name attatched to it.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 2:08 PM ET
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Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Phillipa Gregory, Bill Bryson - other than those I usually only buy non-fiction.  I get my fiction from the library and sometimes here.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 2:33 PM ET
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JD Robb, both the book and the MP-3, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series on MP-3.  It's amazing how much more patient I have become about books before joining PBS.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 3:20 PM ET
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George R.R. Martin (but only the Fire&Ice series, not the books for young adults or any of his other titles)...and the Harry Potters when they were coming out, of course.  Michael Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemma/In Defense of Food).  All the Jamie Oliver cookbooks, and usually Nigella Lawson's, too!


That might be it - except I grab anything by Philippa Gregory and Jodi Picoult as soon as they come out in paperback,

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 3:20 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/7/2008 3:20 PM ET
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whoa!  sorry for the many posts - my computer panicked, I think!

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Date Posted: 8/7/2008 4:35 PM ET
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Harlan Coben, but only the standalones.

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Chris, yes Hugh Laurie as in House.  He wrote a book called The Gun Seller and at one point there was supposed to be another, but I don't know if it ever came to pass.