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What authors of fiction impacted you the most? 11 months 1 week ago #3063908

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As a student my favourite books were Crime and Punishment. The obvious ones like The Great Gatsby, Catcher in The Rhye To Kill a mockingbird.
I regret I could never realy get into Thomas Hardy .
I love all Shakespeare.
Here of course I love Australian literature.
I have just discovered Judy Nun. I thought she was going to be pulpy. But her characters are rich and pr ofound.
Love anything about theatre

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What authors of fiction impacted you the most? 4 months 6 days ago #3215448

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I've been reading several books written by Diney Costello. I like her style very much.
The one I'm reading now is about a grove of 8 trees planted in a small town for the young men from that town who died in the 1914 war. Then a 9th tree was planted for an "unknown soldier".

A reporter is now trying to discover who this unknown solder is 80 years later.
Very well written.

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What authors of fiction impacted you the most? 4 months 1 day ago #3218362

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Michael Moorcock. The Dancers at the End of Time. Count Brass and many more.

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I'd have to say Enid Blyton. I read absolutely everything she wrote from Noddy to the Famous Five and grew up in a similar world. She certainly reinforced everything I was learning about the world as I grew up. Now if course she is considered very politically incorrect but I still have a fondness for the part she played in my childhood.
As an adult I raised my children in much the same way with camps and adventures and picnics and bought her books for them in turn to read.
An influence?......definitely!

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What authors of fiction impacted you the most? 4 months 1 day ago #3218422

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Gerrylady wrote: Michael Moorcock. The Dancers at the End of Time. Count Brass and many more.


I love Moorcock too! (you have to be careful how you say that B) ), especially the Jerry Cornelius tales...

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What authors of fiction impacted you the most? 4 months 1 day ago #3218425

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I write books myself and people often ask me which writers influenced my style. They always think I'm joking when I immediately say Enid Blyton. (I was glad to see someone else mentioned her on this thread.) I loved her sparse style of no nonsense writing. She never wasted a word, and I try to do the same. I try to always make my meaning clear and easy to grasp. Reading shouldn't be hard work. I like Ruth Rendell's style of writing for the same reason. It's direct. It's accessible. There is an Australian writer called Ivan Southall who I admire. I love books written in the first person.The most absorbing book I ever read was Papillon by Henri Charriere.

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I love social history so Pearl S. Buck sadly now out of print. She wrote of pre WW2 China

Science Fiction .........so ....H.G. Wells......but also Arthur C. Clarke he never left a loose end, everything was always tied up.

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What authors of fiction impacted you the most? 3 months 2 weeks ago #3229217

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Reading is a very important part of my life. I find time to read for at least a couple of hours every day.

I don't know how much it impacted my life, but i really liked Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities is a special favorite. I enjoyed Samuel Clemens works. I also liked Asimov and read most everything he wrote. For entertainment I like John Le Carre. A lot of people who start Le Carre's books will read a hundred pages and wonder, "what is going on and why should I care?" They give up too early!

I just recently discovered an English short story author, by accident, when I picked up an antique book in a store. I was curious if W. W. Jacobs is well known and popular in England today. I am working my way through his stories and and enjoying them quite a bit.

Most of my reading is history and biographies. I get to travel through time and across the planet, in the company of famous and infamous people, without leaving the comfort of my easy chair.

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