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    Stephen King may be my favorite, but more or less because of the books. He's a great intuitive writer, and it's a joy to pick up on his references and nuances (when I recognize them).

    Henry David Thoreau- I recently finished reading Walden and Civil Disobedience and really really understand and am passionate about his ideals. He also knows how to use words in a creative way.

    J. D. Salinger- numerous books he have published I love, i.e: Cather in the Rye.

    J.R.R. Tolkein- I need not say. He is brilliant.
    Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?

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    i second kafka, orwell, poe, goethe, bradbury, asimov, vonnegut, palahniuk, burroughs, dahl, and rand (agree also that her philosophy kinda sucked)

    i add:

    hermann hesse
    carson mccullers
    philip k dick
    allen ginsberg
    leo tolstoy
    anais nin

    "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nunki View Post
    Fyodor Dostoevsky -- I've only read two of his books, and already I count him as one of the greats. He wrote of the moral and spiritual realms with an insight almost unmatched by any other novelist. He knew how to spin a tale, too.

    Franz Kafka -- He transforms the mundane into the surreal and the surreal into the mundane until I can't tell the difference. Some say he's disturbing, but I'm amused by every little flourish that turns life into something absurd.

    Friedrich Nietzsche -- A poet, a philosopher, and a psychologist, all in one.

    Ayn Rand -- Not a consistent writer and an even worse philosopher, but when she wrote well, she wrote well.

    Lewis Carroll -- There's a reason the Alice books keep getting made into films.
    Good list. I've enjoyed almost every book Dostoyvesky has written. Highly recommend you read the rest.



    OP: I don't really have any favorites, but for this thread I will say it's Dostoyvesky and Nietzsche.

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    Robin Jarvis.
    JKR.
    David Cleament-Davis.
    Richard Bach.
    James Riordan.
    Haruki Murakami - more admiration than liking (apart from Kafka, which is awesome incarnate, the rest suck rancid hairy balls, Okay, The wind up bird chronicle did).
    Roald Dahl.
    David Gemmell.

    Sarah waters, but only 50%, TtV and FS were phenomenal imo, the rest mediocre.
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    J.D. Salinger and William Gibson

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    Eead A Clockwork Orange at 16 and it has pretty much remained my favorite book since. Still enjoy Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series as very funny and creative.
    Love Dostoevsky too. I also like early Irvine Welsh (pre Filth, although I enjoyed Filth too for all the wrong reasons). C.S. Lewis, George Orwell and Vladimir Nabokov wrote some great books. I tend to consistantly like Jack Kerouac's work.

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    Too many to list - plus I doubt many of you have heard of them even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r.a View Post
    off the top of my head

    kurt vonnegut
    william s burroughs
    katherine dunn
    alfred bester
    chuck palahniuk
    charles bukowski
    robert mccammon
    william gibson

    Yes.

    I'm not much for fiction. But Palahniuk has always grabbed me.

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    Kurt Vonnegut
    David Sedaris
    Jane Austen
    Dante
    JKR
    Dr. Michio Kaku
    Neil Gaiman
    Cormac McCarthy
    Hauraki Murakami
    Homer
    JRR Tolkien
    Tom Robbins

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    James Clavell - without a doubt my favorite. The Asian Saga is a masterpiece (Tai Pan is incredible).

    Barry Eisler - Most entertaining books I've ever read. The Rain series is awesome.

    J. R. R. Tolkien - A genius. Most believable alternate universe ever created.

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