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    I am an avid reader and go through about 2-3 books a month in all different genres. As I got older I got away from the Stephen King and Dean Koontz horror novels and switched over to Patterson, Balducci, Michael Connelly etc. But lately I have been devouring anything Gregg Iles has put to print. Had never read any of his stuff but after picking up a couple of paperbacks at a tag sale (yes I still read books, not e-books) I am sending wifey to the library every week for another one, and his books are between 6-900 pages each !!!
     
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    Isles is great. I read a lot as well. Love Connelly.

    Other good ones are James Lee Burke, Elmore Leonard, Lescroart, Coben, and if you like cop books, pick up an Ed McBain 87th precinct, or Joseph Wambaugh.
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    have read a few by Lescroat and Leonard already, but thanks for the recommendations
     
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    Still love King's books (the older ones). Also a fan of Poe, Hawthorne, London, Tolkien, Rowling, Martin, etc.
     
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    I love Kurt Vonnegut. Douglas Adams is hilarious (the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books). I think the Game of Thrones books, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the Harry Potter books are all great, but you should know that the Harry Potter books were obviously written for children. The Hunger Games books were good (and fast reads).
     
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    Have read all the Songs of Ice and Fire books, and the Hitchhikers Guide "trilogy", and LOTR . Didnt read the Harry Potter series after the first one, or Hunger Games.

    Clive Cussler is another one whos books I go thru, but they are easy reading and get kind of repetitive after awhile
     
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    I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Funny stuff.
    If you like SciFi at all Isaac Asimov's Foundation series is a good read as well.

    If you like crime fiction you can't go wrong with authors like Elmore Leonard, James Ellroy, or Richard Stark's Parker books.
     
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    I totally, completely, 100% endorse Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I completely forgot to mention him. He's probably my favorite living author. Hilarious stuff.
     
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    My absolutely favourite author is the late Malcolm Muggeridge (one reviewer stated that he "writes like an angel"). His use of the English language, syntax and grammar are second to none. I lost the opportunity of a lifetime when, by a mere couple of months, I missed hearing him lecturing at the University of Western Ontario in the summer of 1979!
    Here is a small sample from his book "The end of Christendom":

    “Can this really be what life is about, as the media insist? This interminable soap opera going on from century to century, from era to era, whose old discarded sets and props litter the earth? Surely not. Was it to provide a location for so repetitive and ribald a performance that the universe was created and man came into existence? I can’t believe it. If this were all, then the cynics, the hedonists, and the suicides would be right. The most we can hope for from life is some passing amusement, some gratification of our senses, and death. But it’s not all.
    Thanks to the great mercy and marvel of the Incarnation, the cosmic scene is resolved into a human drama. God reaches down to relate Himself to man, and man reaches up to relate himself to God. Time looks into eternity and eternity into time, making now always and always now. Everything is transformed by this sublime drama of the Incarnation, God’s special parable for fallen man in a fallen world.”
     
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    Thich Nhat Hanh really helps me to stay grounded/centered
    Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins authored the "Left Behind" series, and that was totally engrossing even if I don't necessarily share the beliefs
    And of course Stephen King.
     
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    Have to disagree somewhat on the bolded part. Even if the first three books were written for children, the last four were not. Very gut-wrenching material in the last four, and stuff like racism and genocide were implied as early as the first book. Not exactly for kids.

    As for the Hunger Games, the main idea itself was excellent (a dystopian society centered around kids slaughtering each other for the entertainment of a ton of whack-jobs is something I hadn't seen before and it was awesome to read), but the characters and romance were way too bland for my liking, and the plotline didn't make sense at a few parts.
     
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    Ian Fleming, and Mario Puzo. Their Books were wayyyy better than the Movie's they became!
     
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    Fiction Tom Clancy then distant second Steven King

    Non fiction: Thomas Sowell
     
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    I recommend Tom Sharpe's novels for their satire and silliness.
     
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    John Updike. Best american writer since Steinbeck, maybe better than Steinbeck IMO. What ever he wrote, the words and phrases he used placed you in the story. The reader didn't have to imagine or visualize, the words were always perfectly used to make it real life.
     
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    With you there Yamahopper on Updike

    Add Raymond Carver on that list and a Don DeLillo
     
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    John Le Carre, Len Deighton and Frederick Forsythe - if you're into the espionage genre.
     
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    Brian Lumley (Necroscope series-12 books) his book Necroscope has the best epilogue i've ever read. Psychomech trilogy is good reading as well as Demogorgon and House of Doors

    Raymond Feist (Krondor series - 31 books / 1993 best RPG game Betrayal at Krondor is based on his works. Faerie Tale is an excellent read by him

    Dean Koontz ( Odd Thomas) -- what i've read, is very good along with all his other great works.

    George RR Martin (despite his slowness, his books are incredibly detailed and realistic. which is why i wish he'd get on with it already.

    Stephen King (older books mainly, Carrie, Christine, Cujo, drew me into reading with his style of writing. around "From a Buick 8" i started losing touch with his writing. however, anyone who can come up with an alien such as the "butt weasels" in Dreamcatcher cant be all that bad. the book was really good, the movie (surprise, surprise) wasnt.

    Robin Cook / James Patterson i find some of Cook's writings scarier than Kings "horror".
     
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    I think we all forgot one of our first loves, J.R.R. Tolkien