Author Cage Match
Drew and I were talking about who our Top Five Favorite Authors would be. And I said that to get mine down to just five would be a cage match of epic proportions. So, then he made me do it. I ended up with two lists because the final cut actually made me kind of sick to my stomach. And then, I realized that there was an easy workaround. So I took it and made two lists. Because two is better than one… Usually.
Must consider works only during my at the bookstore (2006 – present)Author must have published at least two books.
You must consider all books written
My Final List:
Mary Robinette Kowal
And now I have a cage match between
Jonathan Maberry/Dan Wells/Kerry Greenwood
Kerry Greenwood – I’ve read all the Phryne Fisher and all the Corinna Chapman books. I’ve probably read some of the books five times in the last six years.
Dan Wells – I haven’t finished all of his books. (I’m a terrible, terrible person. I haven’t read Fragments or Ruins yet. Yes, I have a copy of Ruins and I haven’t read it yet. I’m fired from life.) I just haven’t been in a dystopian mood for a while.
Jonathan Maberry – He’s kind of my hero. Buuuuuuuuuuut… I haven’t finished the Benny Imura series. And I can’t finish Dead of Night. It’s really really really good. But, I know how it ends and I know how I am when I try to read books like that. I get all mopey and depressed for days. And I’m sorry, but I just don’t have time for that right now. So, I haven’t read it.
Ok… I’m kicking Kerry Greenwood out because although I love her, I don’t get quite as… flustered? about her. She’s wonderful, and I can read her any time. I can read her when I’m sad she will cheer me up. I can read her when I’m happy and I will be more happy. But… I don’t clutch her books to my chest and cuddle them like puppies, which I do with works from the rest of the authors on my list.
Now we come to an author that I’ve babbled at incoherently and an author for whom I have actually mugged a sales rep to get an advance copy of his next book. I’ve also caused a rep in New York to go infiltrate the Griffin offices to get me a bound ARC that they weren’t officially admitting was available. So, you understand, I have strong feelings about both of these authors.
At the end of the day, I’m going to have to, with great reluctance, declare for Jonathan Maberry. (I’m sorry Dan. I’ll make you a bacon pecan pie to make it up to you.)
Now, if we change the requirements to only authors I have discovered in the last seven years, then Tamora Pierce gracefully bows out and takes her position with authors like Diana Wynn Jones, Eva Ibbitson, and Jane Austen.
So my list of Favorite Authors Discovered in the last 7 Years:
Mary Robinette Kowal
Drew’s Final List:
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