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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by Gandalf » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:57 am

faaip wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:37 am
Have you tried the Robert Goddard? Think he's probably the best British writer in the last 25 yrs ( I don't really include Child in that as his stuff is so American). There was a poor TV dramatisation of Out of The blue featuring John Thaw which does him no favours but I love the variation book to book.
I have 20 Goddard books (including the Harry Barnett and James Maxted series). I have read a few of his books quite a while ago, but I can't remember which ones - I have put the Bartley ones on my list.
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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by John in Louisiana » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:19 pm

Le Carre has elevated his art form. Far more than just a thriller writer; he has absolutely captured the zeitgeist of the cold war. His work will live far beyond our time.

Don't get much time to read fiction as my job requires that I read a lot of academic papers, but I recently discovered an English write by the name of Mick Herron whose Slough House series of novels is quite good.

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by faaip » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:38 pm

I struggle with Le Carre, I'm not intelligent enough to read him...I get lost then bored real quick. I can't make it through the films or TV series either.
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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by John in Louisiana » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:11 pm

faaip wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:38 pm
I struggle with Le Carre, I'm not intelligent enough to read him...
I don't believe that for a minute. Just not your cup of tea.

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by Norm » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:52 pm

First book I read from leCarre was "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" in about 1979 and, let me tell you, it cured me of speed reading. Richly conceived, gruellingly realistic and it made you think.
Once I 'got' him I enjoyed his works immensely, but we're all different and I get that not everyone would like his style.
His grammar and general English is a delight to read and a lot of the things he doesn't tell you directly in the story become apparent in very clever ways.

Debbie's favourite is "A perfect Spy" and the book starts with most, but not all, of the ending. Then it's a very long and skilfully-woven journey through the lead character's life to demonstrate how his past made him into the title character. LeCarre is brilliant and his style doesn't tell you everything - it's as if he wants readers to think their way through certain parts. Sometimes I've read a book a second time to find what I missed the first time. Anyone expecting a linear plot progression may not like his works, but if you take the trouble to 'get' him, it's tremendously worth it.

Would you agree with that John?

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by lufc1304 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:01 pm

A few of my favourite fiction writers:

John Connolly (The Charlie Parker series)
Don Winslow (especially his epic war on drugs trilogy)
James Lee Burke
Chris Carter
Greg Iles
Dennis Lehane
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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by John in Louisiana » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:58 pm

Norm wrote:
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Would you agree with that John?
I would.

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by rab_rant » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:57 am

I am a great fan of The poet Charles Bukowski. Here is his take on writers.

https://youtu.be/RhafHk_tAPY

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by rab_rant » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:00 am

The history of one tough mother fucker by Charles Bukowski.

https://youtu.be/mxmU0IZDCYI

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by rab_rant » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:08 am

So you want to be a writer?

https://youtu.be/R5NocU7MZQU

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by faaip » Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:38 am

Ah the man to whom it's attributed the great "Do what you love till it kills you"
I don't like staying at home
When the moon is bleeding red
Woke up stoned in the backseat from a dream where my teeth fell out of my head
Cut it up, cut it up, yeah
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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by rab_rant » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:06 pm

faaip wrote:Ah the man to whom it's attributed the great "Do what you love till it kills you"
Bukowski was a lecherous drunken gambler, who would fight you in a back alley for looking at him the wrong way... and he knew in this day and age that the only class of people you could verbally attack with impunity was the American middle class male.

https://youtu.be/4o7A8ECGDeY

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Re: Authors of Fiction

Post by rab_rant » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:37 pm

For a time such as this.

https://youtu.be/Db_sfCLpjaI

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