I was asked here a while ago to name my top 5 favourite books and I found it impossible to narrow my choices down to so few (sorry @RonnieM I made a list and everything though ) I thought this would be easier to answer but it really isn’t.
Me too. Constant reader, ever since I saw the cover for Christine and thought the car on the cover looked cool and then saw it was haunted too. Fair play to my Mammy for letting me buy it with my birthday book token (I was 8). I’ve read everything he’s ever written. So instead of King I’ll recommend Joe Hill. Horns is a beautiful, dark, twisted love story and NOS4A2’s Vic McQueen is one of the best female characters I’ve read. His short stories are ace too, especially Pop Art and By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain. I’ve heard a few say that his forthcoming The Fireman is equal in scope to The Stand.
Nice to see a mention of the awesome Tana French; an extraordinary writer. Great ear for dialogue and there’s a sense of something ‘other’ like King with her books too; a slight hint of the supernatural. Linwood Barclay is another crime writer I like and his latest, first of a trilogy, Broken Promise, has a certain hint of strange too. Dennis Lehane has yet to disappoint and you should all listen to Stephen King’s recent praise of the Robert Galbraith crime novels. I adore the relationship between the 2 main characters. Start with The Cuckoo’s Calling. Oh, and Kate Atkinson is fantastic, can’t recommend Life After Life enough and her Jackson Brodie crime series is great in the way everything is gradually interconnected.
I love Neil Gaiman but Robert Jackson Bennett is someone who doesn’t get enough recognition. American Elsewhere and The Troupe are 2 of my favourite books ever.
Pat Rothfuss has me so impatient to read the conclusion of The Kingkiller Chronicle, even more so than Game of Thrones, and he writes the prettiest prose.
Peter Carey deserves all the praise he gets; likewise Larry McMurtry and Hilary Mantel. And Nick Harkaway for Angelmaker and Tigerman especially. If you feel like some Aussie Japanese-inspired steampunk try Jay Kristoff"s Lotus War trilogy. His recent sci-fi book Illuminae co-written with Amie Kaufman is great fun and has one of the most uniquely depicted, poignant death-by-airlock scenes I’ve read.
Donna Tartt is amazing and so is Scarlett Thomas (The End of Mr Y) and if Suzanna Clarke only ever writes Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell & The Ladies of Grace Adieu she is still a genius. Really immersive world.
For epic world-building and much sobbing at the end: Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet. I’m a huge Frances Hardinge fan and she has an imagination to rival Neil Gaiman: Cuckoo Song, A Face Like Glass and The Lie Tree.
Terrific writer. And Michael Chabon is great. One to watch, I think, is Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven was one of my favourite reads last year.
Lastly, Patrick Ness (currently writing the new Doctor Who spinoff). The Crane Wife is just exquisite and if any of you have read his Chaos Walking trilogy you’ll know why I’ll never quite forgive him. If you read his A Monster Calls be sure to get the edition illustrated by Jim Kay. Beautiful stuff.
Really wish there was more Discworld to come
Favourite classic writer: now I have to choose between Bradbury, Tolkien, Tolstoy, Dickens, Austen, Brontës, Steinbeck, Dumas…? no clue, so instead I’ll say everyone should read Middlemarch and Moby Dick.
And this is why I tend not to answer questions like this cos I don’t know quite when to stop. Just don’t ask me my 3 favourite films