Sunday, March 26, 2006

Top ten

Righto - here are my fave writers, in no particular order

Jeanette Winterson
Kerry Greenwood
Angela Carter
Geraldine Brooks
Milan Kundera
Siri Hustvedt
Julian Barnes
Rohinton Mistry
Alice Munro
Carol Shields

Anyone else I should have included Tea and Seb ?


Tea and Books, etc said...

Goodness, Mummified! I feel waaaaaay out of my depth here. :-O

I don't suppose you want dead writers do you? I've lots of those. :-)

I bet Seb has loads of excellent writers you could add.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg, Raymond Feist, Frances Mayes, Ken Kesey, Douglas Adams, Stephen Ambrose, L.E. Modesitt, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, and there are quite a few others...

SC said...

Yes, yes, you should have included the famous writer whose name I forget, but whose work can be seen here.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Did I get moderated or did my comment fall pray to a Blogger hiccup??

mummified said...

so sorry everyone. I think you got moderated. I am less than a technical genius and am still getting the hang of this blogging stuff. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

mummified said...

PK - you gotta love Roald Dahl. I was quite addicted to his gruesome fairytales as a child and his macabre short stories as a teenager and have always read anything of his I could find. did you know he used to fly planes as a young 'un ?
Seb - I don't know who that is in the photo but I am quite concerned that you are not looking your usual feline self. Was it some sort of operation they have in the UK ? Do you miss not having cute little paws ?

The Phosgene Kid said...

I think Seb's picture is some half-wild Waloon. Throw some Pomme Frittes at him and see what happens.

mummified said...

PK - will he want a burger with that ?

charlie said...

Kurt Vonnegut per Phosgene Kid.

mummified said...

Below, some wise words from psycho cat who had trouble getting my blog to behave - me too psycho cat

dahlink, i love it... kerry greenwood - adore her. met her at a funeral a
year or so ago and she remembered me from a book signing ten years
previously. either i am becoming stalkeresque or she has a v good memory.

favourite authors: somerset maugham, jay mcinerney, early jane green/marian
keyes - jg has become revoltingly smug married and marian keyes scarily
self-indulgent (yes we all know you are a reformed alcholic now move on)...

who else off the top of my head? i could drag my lazy carcass to the
bookshelves just outside the door but really that would require more effort
than i am capable of...

robert g barratt, douglas coupland and the fabulous christopher fowler.

Tea and Books, etc said...

Compiling my list of living and dead authors (need to hide, er, remove the authors of lurid and trashy romances first, lol). ;-D

How is the wee one? And you, dear Mummified?

Tea and Books, etc said...

Okay, this is probably waaaaay more than you wanted but here goes:

Adolescent/Children: Lloyd Alexander, Holly Black, Lewis Carroll, Eoin Colfer, Nancy Farmer, Cornelia Funke, Holly Hobbie, Madeleine L’Engle,Christopher Paolini, Philip Pullman, Christina Rossetti, JK Rowling, Lemony Snicket, Antoine De Saint-Exupery, EB White, etc

Paranormal: Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Christine Feehan, Laura Anne Gilman, Simon R. Green, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Barb and JC Hendee, Sherrilyn Kenyon, C. E. Murphy, etc

Mysteries/Thrillers: Catherine Aird, Margery Allingham, Nicholas Blake, John Dickson Carr (Carter Dickson), G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Edmund Crispin, Dick Francis, Georgette Heyer, Ngaio Marsh, AE Maxwell, Mary McMullen, Kasey Michaels, JD Robb, Mary Stewart, Rex Stout, Anne Stuart, Josephine Tey, June Thompson, Elizabeth Thornton, Patricia Wentworth, Phyllis Whitney, etc

Nonfiction/Science: Charles Harrington Elster, Laurie Garrett, Larry Gonick, Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Arno Karlen, Richard Preston, Matt Ridley, Oliver Sacks, Lynne Truss, Bill Walsh, etc

Sci-fi/fantasy: Piers Anthony, C.J. Barry, Terry Brooks, Susan Grant, Tanya Huff, E.E. Knight, Mercedes Lackey, Holly Lisle, Patti O'Shea, Robin D. Owens, JRR Tolkien, S.L. Viehl (Lynn Viehl), etc

SC said...

Yes, but what about that bloke who wrote the Bible? It's the best selling book of all time, for God's sake.

Tea, I dare you to pick your favourite two out of each category, and allow yourself no longer than five minutes to do it.

As for all those comments on my appearance, pass the pomme frittes.

Tea and Books, etc said...

I don't read the Bible, although I've read portions of it.

2 of each category? Um....

mummified said...

Tea - Lynne Truss - I knew you would love her ! I would have thought she would be every editor's pin up.

And bless you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive list. I shall have to peruse my local bookstore to find out more.
But if you did have to pick only 2 in each segment like Seb suggested... ?

Tea and Books, etc said...

Egads! Only 2?! *whimper*

Adolescent/Children: Oh, dear. *sigh* Dead: Antoine de Sainte-Exupery, Lloyd Alexander. Living: Madeleine L'Engle, Cornelia Funke.

Paranormal: *sniff sniff* Barb & JC Hendee, Laurell K Hamilton.

Mysteries/thrillers: This is exceedingly difficult. Dead: John Dickson Carr/Georgette Heyer. Living: JD Robb/Dick Francis.

Nonfiction: Lynne Truss, Bill Walsh.

Science: Matt Ridley, Larry Gonick.

Sci-fi/fantasy: Dead: JRR Tolkien. Living: EE Knight, SL Viehl.

SC said...

Cheating has been identified. I don't recall anybody saying 'two dead, and two living'. Tea - grit your teeth, bite your lip, clench your fists, and do it! Two only from each group!