My favorites aren’t the best of the writers I like, but they’re my favorites anyway: Stephen King and George R. R. Martin. I’ll read whatever they feel like writing*. They tell good stories and I like their style.
*Except Lisey’s Story. That was way too self-indulgent.
Outstanding characters, great stories, funny as hell, beautiful women, wonderful sexual repartee. I don’t know if I agree with his 100 best rock tunes though.
When I was younger I wasted my life reading literature, now I just read for pleasure. Screw the White Hotel and Vineland. And I still live the horror of Naked Lunch, although that probably just hippie drivel. or was that beat crap?
Oh, yeah that was a couple three books back, wasn’t it? I don’t remember much on the list, but I do remember not being terribly impressed. But I liked that other characters would throw in suggestions and Lucas kept having these “D’oh, why didn’t I think of that one?” moments.
This might be worth it’s own thread – can you remind me which book it’s in?
Another one for Stephen King. I think he wins out on ratio too. I just dig his style, and he’s always been an inspiration to me, despite his enormous popularity.
Other than that, I just read whatever I find interesting. A lot of science fiction and non-fiction. Don’t pay attention to many other authors. Maybe Clarke or Crichton for second place, but they’re hit or miss.
I think the problem is I really enjoy short fiction, so King, Clarke, Asimov and Heinlein (et al) come out on top.