Monday Night Thread ~ Talking with Authors

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Unread postby H2H » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:37 am

lumineuse wrote:
H2H wrote:Great question. I think I would have to pick Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager and several others.


OMG - Outlander series is the best! It's classified as "Romance" in the bookstore now, but it is NOT your mundane romance. It is historical fiction at its best. And you don't have to worry about the heroine's chest heaving - your's will be! If you can read the first Outlander volume without loving Jamie Fasier, well. ye'r' ded then , me lassie"!

Ahh..Jamie Fraser :thud:
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Unread postby ibbi 3 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:42 am

dharma_bum wrote:We have an accord... Hunter, Jack, Tom, Greg, without a doubt.

Other comtemporary authors:
John Irving
Chuck Palahniuk
Neal Stephenson... if you love historical ficton, the Baroque Cycle is spectacular

Back in time...
Fitzgerald
Dickens
Thomas Hardy... ah, Tess of the d’Urbervilles


I would love to talk to John Irving and asks what he has with bears :grin:

Lots of great choices in this thread !
I love Beatrix Potter's work GG , I've read some background about her.
SRT ~ I've heard Maye Angelou's "Amazing Peace" , that was really good . Cool you met her ~ :cool:
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Unread postby H2H » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:44 am

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DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:You guys have me really curious now about the Outlander series. I agree Hunter would have been the one author at the top of my list, especially for ONBC. There are so many others, I can't narrow it down to one...and you all don't have to either!


The first time I read Outlander was at a recommendation when I was at an inservice in Atlanta. I was sharing a room with somone much less adventurous than me. Way less, and I NEVER thought I'd like a romance. But it's not!


Lumi & H2H, do you think it is possible to read one of the series without reading the rest? Are there some better than others?


I would start with Outlander. If you don't like it, then don't read the rest. My favorite is the second book but unless you read Outlander you really don't get the meat of the story.
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Unread postby H2H » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:53 am

nebraska wrote:Can't remember names :blush: , but the rabbi who wrote When Bad Things Happen to Good People. He brought peace back to my life. I live by what I learned in that book.

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Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote that. Several months after 9-11 my husband read that. It helped him tremendously.


A correction on the Outlander series.
Outlander is first
Dragonfly in Amber is second
Voyager is third.
The next two books are not as good
The Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Corss
There is a sixth book that came out fairly recently that I have not gotten yet.
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:17 am

ibbi 3 wrote:
dharma_bum wrote:We have an accord... Hunter, Jack, Tom, Greg, without a doubt.

Other comtemporary authors:
John Irving
Chuck Palahniuk
Neal Stephenson... if you love historical ficton, the Baroque Cycle is spectacular

Back in time...
Fitzgerald
Dickens
Thomas Hardy... ah, Tess of the d’Urbervilles


I would love to talk to John Irving and asks what he has with bears :grin:

Lots of great choices in this thread !
I love Beatrix Potter's work GG , I've read some background about her.
SRT ~ I've heard Maye Angelou's "Amazing Peace" , that was really good . Cool you met her ~ :cool:


Good question, Ibbi! :lol:

Thanks for all of your insights and recommendations, everyone! :cool:
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Unread postby KYwoman » Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:28 am

Liz wrote:KY, our list is very similar. Here is mine:

Hunter
Greg Roberts
Tom Robbins
Lisa See
Barbara Kingsolver
F. Scott Fitzgerald


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Unread postby rustyred » Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:43 am

There is an author is yet to be published - that we know of-
He does write and very well too, from the little I have enjoyed

Johnny Depp
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Have thought about this question all night long
Edgar Allen Poe - - He had to have been an interesting fellow
William Saroyan - such a wise man

And everyone must know who I'd really like to talk to
Children's author
Shel Silverstein

and Robert Munsch - can' t forget him either
Children's authors are so very important as they inspire the wee one's to read

And because I love her work
Daphne DuMaurier ( yes James a relative)


I've enjoyed reading all the answers. For book lovers it is a very difficult question to answer
George Orwell would be fun to talk to, also - now that we are past 1984 and we could tell him that he wasn't very far off
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Unread postby DisIllusionAngel » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:16 pm

SweetSam wrote:

Francesca Leah Block, and Neale Donald Walsch!


I must admit, I do not think I've heard of the latter two authors.
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Definitely! I agree, though I'm not sure what I would say either (in fact to any of these people).

I forgot a few and feel like I should mention (even though this thread is probably killed):

Esther Freud and Michael Ondaatje (my fav author I don't know how I left him off).

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Unread postby SweetSam » Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:08 pm

DisIllusionAngel wrote:SweetSam wrote:

Francesca Leah Block, and Neale Donald Walsch!


I must admit, I do not think I've heard of the latter two authors.
:)



I have not heard of Michael Ondaatje. What did he write?

Francesca Leah Block is an author of young adult/teen fiction books about growing up, and basically being different, who I stumbled upon quite by accident. Her best work (IMO) is an anthology of some of her best novellas called "Dangerous Angels".

Neale Donald Walsch is well-known for his "Conversations with God" series.

Now, you folks have got me interested in reading the "Outlander" books!
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Unread postby Endora » Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:12 pm

A couple from me (late again):

Ancient: Shakespeare. I'd ask him if he really did write it all, or was it Bacon, or another.

Less Ancient: William Blake. I'd ask him where his inspiration was from,but I wouldn't expect to understand the answer.

Modern:Too may to even contemplate. Apart from Kerouac (Did writing make you happy, or merely less lost?) perhaps DCB Pierre ( How do you start with characterisation without just copying a character you've read about before?) or Yann Martel (How did you even start to invent the plot in Life of Pi?)
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Unread postby Endora » Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:14 pm

SweetSam wrote:I have not heard of Michael Ondaatje. What did he write?


The English Patient. You may have seen the film a few years back.
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Unread postby Endora » Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:18 pm

Liz wrote:
lumineuse wrote:
Liz wrote:
lumineuse wrote:I just finished reading "The Narnian", a book which was not so much a biography as a chronology of a man's changing beliefs over time and the effect that had upon his writing. A person who did not want to become a Christian, but did, despite himself, become a reknowned "apologist", and the effect that apologetics had upon his beliefs. A person who gave me the gift of "Narnia", which I have had for at least 40 years, and I see my nieces and nephews having for years beyond me. Yes, I wish I could talk to him.


Are you talking about C.S. Lewis?


Yes


One of the most helpful books I ever read was Mere Christianity, by C.S Lewis. I think it is because he had been so resistant.


Lumi, perhaps you could try Out of the Silent Planet, Voyage to Venus, and This Hideous Strength, more CSL on a similar topic. I preferred them to Narnia.
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Unread postby Bix » Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:33 pm

Very interesting choices - and my "to read" list is growing again, too! I immediately thought of Tom Robbins when I read the question and then quickly added John Irving and Gregory David Roberts after they were mentioned. . .and it snowballs from there. But I surprised myself with who I came up from the past: Colette! I think someone else mentioned Anais Nin, who would also be interesting to talk with. But Colette just seems so strong and independent and lusty and filled with the joy of life and nature and being a woman. Even though most of her writings are fairly autobiographical, it would be fascinating to hear her tell her story in her own words.
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Unread postby Larkwoodgirl » Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:39 pm

Well, I am going to go with Theodore Dreisler (An American Tragedy- to ask questions about the history of America at the time the book was written), Franz Kafka (Just to ask him what The Bucket Rider is really about), Mother Theresa (obvious reasons), Samuel Johnson (wrote on just about everything and I love his poetry), and Bernard-Henri Levy (just because I would like to ask him about his philosophical writings).
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:52 pm

I thought of a question for F. Scott Fitzgerald.....

What is your opinion of Hunter S. Thompson?
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