Thanksgiving with Authors

I saw a prompt somewhere asking, “If you could eat Thanksgiving dinner with some of your favorite authors (living or dead), who would you choose?” So here are my choices.

1. William Shirer – Because he’s an excellent historian who witnessed the rise of Nazi Germany firsthand, I think he’d have plenty of interesting stories to tell.

2. Anne McCaffrey – She recently passed away on Monday at the age of 85, and she was one of my favorite authors. It was because of Ms. McCaffrey that I became obsessed with dragons and the fantasy genre. It would be great to hear about what inspired her to invent the worlds she created.

3. Emily Dickinson – I’ve always been fascinated by Emily Dickinson – and the meaning behind some of her more obscure poems. Perhaps if I had her over, she could shed a little light on the subject.

4. Tanith Lee – The Gothic style of her writing has always intrigued me. She can create multi-layered worlds with compelling characters, some demonic and some angelic. I think Ms. Lee would be a rather fascinating person to invite.

5. Michael Savage – Because political rants are sometimes amusing to listen to. Even though I don’t agree with every word Savage says or writes, I think it would be interesting to hear him converse with some of these other authors.

Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 14

Today’s Prompt: Favorite book of your favorite writer

Since I listed four different writers yesterday, I’m going to have to list four different books!

1. Rose Madder – Stephen King

It was hard to choose just one favorite out of everything Stephen King has written, but Rose Madder is lovely. Rosie finally makes up her mind to escape from her abusive husband, then enters a fantasy world where she finds herself empowered by an alternate version of herself. King weaves reality and fantasy together so well that for a moment you find yourself thinking that you could slip into a fantasy world, too.

2. Dark Dance – Tanith Lee

It has been a long time since I read this book, but what I loved about it was the dark atmosphere and sense of horror that infiltrated every page. Lee is a master Gothic writer, and this vampire family saga is a brilliant example of her work.

3. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Halse Anderson’s prose captures high school life in accurate and brutally honest detail. Melinda has been rendered almost mute by her horrifying rape during a summer party. Speak is a coming-of-age novel like no other – one teen is forced to confront an extremely painful experience, learn from it, and move on.

4. Berlin Diary – William Shirer

Berlin Diary is an account of Shirer’s (one of Murrow’s Boys) life in Germany during World War II. He captures the anxiety of the time period quite well and in good detail. Shirer uses his objective eye to illuminate how blindly the German people followed a madman like Hitler. Fascinating read and not in the least bit dry.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 13

Today’s Prompt: Your favorite writer

A very hard question, so let’s bend the rules and make a list!

In no particular order:

Stephen King

It feels like it’s almost a cliche to say that King is my favorite writer. He’s the perennial favorite of a lot of people and for good reason. His books suck me in. Although they include supernatural elements and horrifying scenarios, they are very relate-able. King really knows the human condition. Some of his books are better than others, but I have enjoyed them all.

Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee’s works keep me entertained with their fairy-tale tone and otherworldly scenarios. She writes primarily horror/fantasy novels and is quite prolific. I’d recommend starting with the Tales from the Flat Earth series.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Halse Anderson is a YA author and one of the best writers in that genre. Her debut novel, Speak, won some awards and is known for its controversial depiction of rape. I deeply admire Halse Anderson and hope to someday write with as much clarity and high emotion as she does.

William Shirer

Most well-known for his tome The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Shirer is my favorite non-fiction author. (He wrote fiction as well.) His books are written with such detail, the worlds and cultures he describes come immediately to life. Shirer was able to report about the Third Reich directly from Berlin with lucidity – and none of the dryness of other non-fiction writers.