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My Favorite Fiction Authors
(This page last updated: 10 May, 2013)
Douglas Adams Author of the brilliant science-fiction parody series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and several strange-but-funny books about "holistic detective" Dirk Gently.
Lloyd Alexander His Chronicles of Prydain were some of the first fantasy novels I ever read. If you're looking for a Celtic-flavored, non-preachy alternative to CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, try this gentleman--you'll like him. (Oh, and for those of you who've seen the animated Disney film of The Book of Three, trust me, the book is FAR superior to the movie.)
Don Callander If it's high philosophy you're after, you won't find it here, but if all you're after is a bit of fun to fill a slow afternoon, his 'Mancer series and Dragon books fit the bill nicely.
Guy Gavriel Kay This man is like an addiction. I have never had an author disturb me, infuriate me, and captivate me so much, all in the space of one book. Highly recommended.
Mercedes Lackey Misty Lackey is my hero. Seriously. It's one of my goals in life to be able to write as well as she does, because everything about her books--the worlds, the characters, the plots, the romances--is almost invariably top-notch. There are a few things of hers that I haven't read because the themes seemed a bit too dark for pleasure-reading, but everything that I have read has been fabulous. If you're a fan of character-driven fantasy, go check her out--you won't regret it!
Anne McCaffrey You knew this lady had to be on the list somewhere, right? I wanted to be a dragonrider when I was about 13--and I still want a fire-lizard for a pet!
Tamora Pierce A friend turned me on to her Alanna books, and I've never looked back. They may be classed as "young adult" fiction, but they're still well worth reading.
Terry Pratchett Absolutely one of the funniest authors I have ever read. His Discworld novels take potshots at every fantasy cliche in existence, not to mention all sorts of aspects of pop culture. I've gotten a bit behind on the most recent titles he's put out, but everything I've read, I've enjoyed to the hilt.
Melanie Rawn I happened upon this lady's books quite by accident when I was in high school--I saw one on a book store shelf one day and picked it up to see if that really was a Michael Whelan painting on the cover. (It was.) I personally prefer the Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies to the Ruins of Ambrai one, but regardless, she's an excellent author.
J. K. Rowling Three words: Harry Potter rocks!
Patricia Wrede I love her Enchanted Forest Chronicles just to death. Geeky magicians, allergic dragons, independent-minded princesses who put up signs to try and dissuade legions of would-be rescuers, wizards who melt in soapy water and lemon juice--these books are just a hoot. We have all four in a Sci-Fi Book Club omnibus edition, and I go back and reread them every so often just for the fun of it.

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