Friday, May 30, 2008

Favorite Author Meme

I've been tagged by the boston bibliophile.

1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?

I really can’t narrow it down to one favorite. So here are probably my top 5:

Margaret Atwood is reliable for a great read. Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin are top tier. I also liked Robber Bride and Cat's Eye.

Joyce Carol Oates is very prolific it seems that she's an endless source of reading material. Some favorites are Them, Blonde, Foxfire, Black Water, and her short stories.

I always enjoy Douglas Coupland. I have read most of his fiction novels with Miss Wyoming, All Families are Psychotic and Hey Nostradamus being my favorites. The new one, the Gum Thief sounds cool.

Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett) is awesome. The Series of Unfortunate Events is exactly my humor, though the series kind of lost steam by the last few books.

Sebastian Japrisot - Most of this French author's noir thrillers are now out of print (The Lady in the Car with the Glasses and a Gun, The Sleeping Car Murders, One Deadly Summer and my favorite Trap for Cinderella) but if you can find them they are well worth a read. He also wrote A Very Long Engagment which I enjoyed very much.

2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?

My favorite book as a child was an abridged illustrated version of Last of the Mohicans. So I think I thought J. Fenimore Cooper was my favorite author. I haven’t read any of his other work, though.

3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
Lately I've been really into David Mitchell. Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas are genius and I liked Black Swan Green.
Marcus Zuzak (really liked The Book Thief and I am the Messenger looks great as well)
And Scott Westerfeld really impressed me with the Uglies series, so looking forward to checking more out from him.

4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?

Barbara Kingsolver - Prodigal Summer and Poisonwood Bible are favorites and though I didn't like the Bean Trees much and thus won't be reading Pigs in Heaven, I would check a new novel from her.
I love Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next series but I haven't read any of his standalone books.
Michael Faber (Under the Skin is amazing and I have The Crimson Petal and the White on my shelf)

I am tagging:

Aunt Linda


Megan (aka Paperxxflowers)


Rules: Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.


Marie Cloutier said...

I liked The Gum Thief; I thought it was sweet. I reviewed it last year at if you're interested. Hope you enjoy it too. :-)

Angela said...

I'm just recovering from another tag... so give me a couple of days.. but I'll play!

Angela said...

And... gotcha!

You've been tagged!

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Aarti said...

I would be interested in hearing what you think of The Crimson Petal and the White. I admit that that book turned me OFF Faber completely.