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Subject: Help Please I need New Authors
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 11:03 PM ET
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Hi I really need some suggestions on who to read next
My favorite authors are
Tamora Pierce - Everything
 Kay Hooper Bishop Crime  Novels and Thief Series
 Lisa Gardner - Everything
Janet Evanovich – just the Stephanie plum books
Orson Scott Card – Ender Shadow Series, Alvin Maker, Enchanted and Empire
Jacqueline Carey – Kushiels Series
Lisa McMann - Wake and Fade
Juliet Marillier – Sevenwaters Trilogy
L J Smith – Nightworld Series
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson Series
I did not like
Patricia Cornwell – Kay Scarpetta
James Patterson – Women s murder club
I am really not into romance novels
Any suggestions???? I could really use something new
Date Posted: 4/23/2009 8:40 AM ET
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Try going to Gnooks ( www.gnooks.com/ ). They have several tools that will help you find new authors, like you enter three authors you enjoy and they make suggestions for other authors. Or there is a literature map -- you choose a favorite author and it comes up with a "map" of other authors -- the ones closest to the author you enjoy are the most like the one you like. Just check it out -- it is a great resource for finding new authors!

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 1:02 PM ET
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Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is the best!  Start with Outlander & work your way through the 5 sequels.  The next book is due out in September.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 12:11 AM ET
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Lee Child, Harlan Coben.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 6:15 PM ET
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I have read and enjoyed the Orson Scott Card series. I would recommend Uplift War Series by David Brin and Louis McMaster Bujold Chalion Series. Two mysteries that I would recommend are Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly (both a mystery and a vampire story) and Hot Money by Dick Francis. Looking through my bookshelf, I would recommend Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffery Archer and perhaps The Lovejoy Mysteries by Johnathon Gash or the couple of D. R. Meredith mysteries. It is hard to recommend books on my bookshelf because I am getting rid of these books to make room for books that I consider better.
Subject: good books
Date Posted: 4/25/2009 1:57 AM ET
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Kim Harrison, Tony Hillerman and Charlaine Harris are all really good authors!  One time I was so desperate for a "new" read, I went to my local library and decided to start looking for 1 new book a visit by going in order with the alphabet.  It took me months to leave A!  I found a book by Susan Wittig Albert and read everything by her.  (her books are great too!)  Good luck


Date Posted: 4/27/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/28/2009 5:06 PM ET
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i have discovered Sharon Sala! she is great! she also writes under the name Dinah Mccall.

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 5:58 PM ET
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I highly recommend the Sigma Force series by James Rollins,  These include Sandstorm,  Map of Bones, The Black Order, The Last Oracle, Judas Strain, the next one, The Doomsday Key comes out in June.  I can hardly put the books down once I get started.  They blend great adventure with a bit of archeology/history/mysticism/sci-fi to fill in the story.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 7:12 PM ET
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Try Donna Andrews bird series.  The first is Murder with peacocks.  Light mysteries that make you smile

Have you tried Anne McCaffery.  She has many different series including ones about telepathic abilities

Isaac Asimov's Robot series.  The first one is Caves of Steel.  His characters and future seem real and possible.  Good mystery series and very though provoking.  If you like this series he has hundreds of books to read.

Robin McKinley - Sunshine

Subject: Try Greg Iles
Date Posted: 5/1/2009 4:20 AM ET
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I love Greg Iles you can't put his books down.  He has a way of pulling you in and you live in his book till you're through.  Good luck!

Subject: Try Fantastic Fiction
Date Posted: 5/1/2009 8:48 AM ET
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If you go to Fantastic Fiction.com, if you look up an author you like, the author's list of recommendations for books is at the bottom of the page.

I have discovered many new authors that way.

Also, the website will give you all the books that the author has written in order of writing, plus series in order.

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 9:51 AM ET
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How about Jonathan Safran Foer?  Everything is Illuminated (his first) is a pretty rough read, but Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is excellent!

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 4:21 PM ET
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Try Mario Acedevo who writes the Fleix Gomez PI series.  Felix is an Iraqi war vet and vampire and the books, though set in present day, are filled with all manner of creatures, even extra terresrials.  The titles are lurid, but they really aren't xxx rated.  Definately off the wall.  He's currently got 4 books out.

Issac Azomov wrote a dectective series featuring robot/human partners - The caves of STeel, The Naked SUn, The Robots of Dawn.

Randall Garret's Lord Darcy Investigates and the following Lord Darcy books can be hard to find. Try ALibris.  Same for Walter Jon Williams' Drake Majistral series - The Crown Jewels, The House of Shards and Rock of Ages.  (Try Alibris.com or other out of print searches.)

Do not miss Raymond Feist's Rift War Saga, especial the 4 books of the Serpent War Saga portion which you should enjoy - SHadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchent Prince, Rage of a Demon King, Shards of a Broken Crown.

I'll second Donna Andrew's Meg Langslow series as an excellent - and far better - choice to Stephanie Plum.  She also writes the Turning Hopper series that you might enjoy about an artifical intelligence crime solver.  Another second for Tony Hillerman and I'll add James D. Doss and Michael McGarrity with his Kevin Kerney series.

I can also recommend Jonathon King's Max Freeman mysteries and the Connor Burke Series by John Donohue.

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Date Posted: 5/15/2009 12:12 PM ET
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Try J.D. Robb's "In Death" series.  They are set in New York in the 2050's and the main character is a cop with an interesting past.  I am absolutely hooked on these books.

Subject: if you like murder mysteries
Date Posted: 5/28/2009 4:09 PM ET
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Martha Grimes (especially the early ones) and Dorothy Sayers are both favorites of mine. You might try PD James as well, but her books are more gruesome and graphic, which isn't for everyone.
Subject: New Authors to try
Date Posted: 5/28/2009 7:09 PM ET
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Lisa Scottoline is very good -- her characters are women in a law firm -- mystery and law -- good characters that you get to know in her various books.

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 10:12 PM ET
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Robin Cook is genius! So is Tom Robbins but judging from your list he wouldn't be really in our genre of interest but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway because he is completely amazing.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 4:48 PM ET
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I have similar favorites to yours, and my all-time favorite author is Lois McMaster Bujold - I especially like her Chalion and Vorkosigan series.  She is one of my few "buy-the-new-hardback-as-soon-as-it-gets-out-no-questions-asked" authors.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 11:15 AM ET
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Elizabeth Donald!  And P. N. Elrod, if you like realistic vampires rather than horror-movie vamps. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 6:19 PM ET
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Mercedes lackey and david weber, are the best ever. On another note I posted some tamara peirce books

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 2:13 PM ET
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Dinajean, I like all the authors you named and hear are some of my other favorites.  Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series is really good.  Tami Hoag (not her romance books though) is good.  Dennis Lehane, his Gennaro/MacKenzie series and also his stand alone books are all good.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:48 PM ET
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      Jessica Speart and Nevada Barr. 

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 11:09 AM ET
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Thanks everyone :) I am requesting some as we speak.