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27 September 2010 @ 09:48 am
reading meme: day six  

Day 06 – Your favourite writer

I’m afraid this meme is going to get a bit repetitive, at this rate. Guy Gavriel Kay is probably my favorite writer, though I do not unconditionally love everything he’s written. I really have to go back and re-read A SONG FOR ARBONNE, which I wasn’t particularly taken with, but I wonder if it would improve upon re-reading. And I will probably never re-read THE LIONS OF AL-RASSAN because the last chapter makes me crazy, which is a crying shame, as up to that point it’s my favorite of his books.

But–to throw a wrench in the monkeyworks–another favorite of mine is Hemingway. Like GGK (and this is the only way in which they are similar), Hemingway either works for you or does not work for you. He happens to work for me.

Oddly, because I don’t read a lot of poetry, some of my other favorites are poets: Rainer Maria Rilke and Dylan Thomas, to whom I was introduced thanks to Vincent in Beauty and the Beast; Tennyson (who is my favorite poet), to whom I was introduced thanks to Robert A. Heinlein; Walt Whitman, to whom I was introduced thanks to my freshman English course in college.

Now I’m trying to think if there are any authors whose writing I love unconditionally, and damned if I can think of any. I mean, I could be coy and say C.E. Murphy, but even that’s not true. The poets, weirdly enough, come closest. Huh.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Lady Doomlithera on September 27th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
For me, part of the beauty of Lions is that I would have been heartbroken either way. I know we've had this conversation but for me, the horrible beauty of it is captured in the fact that these two men, had things gone just a little differently, could have started things down a path to a much better world.

For the want of a nail, as it were.

I spent the last 100 pages or so in tears.

I also love Tigana and the Byzantium books.

As to my favorite authors... Hrmmmm. Always hard to choose. I like Steven Erikson a lot. Dan Simmons is up there. Carlos Ruiz Zafón is an author who I've only recently found but so far love everything I've read. Tamora Pierce has to be up there.