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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Buccaneer #blogfest: My Favorite Authors

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I love an author who leaves me thinking long after I've put down his or her book. I also love an author who can thoroughly mangle my heart, and then put it back together again. And don't get me started on an author who makes me itch to find a pen to highlight specific passages. I never write in books (or fold pages down), so if I have to fight the urge to do so, it's a big deal!

As a result, I have a lot of favorite authors, and for a lot of different reasons. But when I think of my all-time favorites, the list is a lot shorter.

Robert Jordan and David Eddings are at the top of that list, and I'm still heartbroken over their deaths. The world lost two of the best fantasy writers, in my opinion, when they passed. But I am so grateful they shared their talent with the world. 

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

I've reread the Wheel of Time and Belgariad series so often, The Husbinator has had to buy me two and three copies of the books. Jordan and Eddings have written some of the most eclectic sets of characters, and put them into these impossible, fantasical situations, yet still manage to bring out the humanity of the characters. No matter how many times I read their books, I find something else to fall in love with. And I always cry at least once every book.  

Belgariad by David Eddings

C.L. Wilson is another favorite for much the same reason. Her Tairen Soul series has some of the most memorable characters written into this impossible situation, but they still manage to hang-on to their humanity throughout the series. That's a big deal to me. So is the fact that the characters have to work for their HEA, and not all of them get it.

Tairen Soul by C.L Wilson

Another all-time favorite is Jean M. Auel. Auel is partly responsible for my fascination with history. In fact, I would love to go back to school at some point and obtain a degree or two in history or archeology. But that's neither here nor there.

Earth's Children by Jean M Auel

I have read the Earth's Children series so many times since my grandfather gave me the first book when I was fourteen, and I find something new to fascinate me every time, whether it's some new theory to research, some new aspect of Ayla and Jondalar's romance to love, or some new descriptive prose to re-read. I've spent weeks lost in the prehistoric world she's painted. Now that my grandfather is gone, reading the novels is bittersweet, but always welcomed.

Obviously, I'm a big lover of authors who write series, too. :)

Who are your favorite authors?



  1. My fav authors? Why Robert Jordan and David Eddings are at the top of my list (along with Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton & Terry Pratchett). ^_^

    My other half's into the Earth's Children series.

  2. I've not read anything by any of these authors but am really going to have to take a look now, thank's for sharing.
    love and hugs Joss xxx

  3. I think I have one of the Cave Bear books hanging around somewhere. Prehistory is one of my favoritest historical eras, and I'd love to finally write a prehistoric saga someday.

  4. I love fantasy, but have never read Eddings...with his name popping up on so many lists, this is something I'm thinking must be changed!

  5. When I was a teen a read the Wheel of Time series, but my interested waned as the series plodded on with no end in sight.

  6. I love the breakdown you give with each book/series you love. :) I have a C.L. Wilson novel (Lord of the Fading Lands)in my TBR pile. Might move it up a couple slots. :)


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