Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Three Favorites... Again

Day two of the 15 Day Writer's Challenge over at Eat... Sleep... Write. If you're a writer I encourage you to check it out and think about joining us!

Day 2 - Your favorite male author.

Another difficult one that I'll have to narrow down to three choices.

James Herriot

I've never really been a great fan of animal stories. While my family enjoyed the stories of Rascal, and Where the Red Fern Grows, I found them rather boring. I don't remember a time when I didn't like James Herriot though. I've grown up listening and reading his stories, based off of his real life experiences as an English country vet.
We had Every Living Thing on tape, and I think that's probably the most listened to tape there ever was. The stories are certainly worth hearing, but what makes them captivating is the way he writes them.
Not only that, the books make a pretty amazing tv series.

Charles Dickens
Look at this guy. With a face like that, how can you not write a whopping good novel? I've actually only read three of his books and am currently in the middle of the forth, but the ones I have read are amazing. This guy has got to be the master of plot. As I was reading Great Expectations, the first book I've read of his, I was thinking it was good, but by the time I got to the end I was blown away. Things unfold that you never would have expected.
Not only that, the books make some pretty amazing Masterpiece Theater adaptions.

Ted Dekker

I'm not even sure where to start with this guy. I guess from the beginning. Thanks for getting me into this addiction Beth.
Ted Dekker opened my eyes to the world of thriller novels. His was the first books in a long time that I clung to the spine of during the wee hours of the morning. I finished Black overnight.
The awesome part is, he's not only still alive, but he's still writing!
Not only that, the characters on the pages seem so real already, it gives me chills just thinking about a film adaption.


  1. Nice choices! My dad loves James Herriot's books.

  2. Yay! Knowing that I got you hooked on Dekker makes me feel like I have accomplished something good in life... ;)

  3. :) Better woman than me! I didn't have a good experience with Dickens. Just not my forte...and I'm not saying this to spark debate ;) but I didn't end up doing this Day 2 because a: I did Day 1 on Day 2, and b: I can't think of a favorite male author! I think what I read is solely by women...in the fiction genre, anyway! LOL

  4. O love Ted Dekker with a passion. Oh my word he's one of my favourite authors. AND Charles Dickens...I loved Great Expectations, but I loved A Tale of Two Cities even more, mostly cause of Sydney Carton. I have this soft spot for anti-heroes. :)

  5. Favorite Ted Dekker book is "Blink". Wow. I liked the first version better than "Blink of an Eye", but they're both good. I remember when I finished "House" and it was late in the afternoon, during a thunderstorm, I rounded the corner by the stairs and saw a dark figure waiting...
    Okay, he wasn't waiting for me, and it wasn't a plan, but my brother scared the heck out of me anyway!!