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An excellent meme, via Purple Pen

Which authors have you read more than ten books by?

Mine are (or those I can remember thus far, roughly in the order in which I read them) …

Enid Blyton
Arthur Ransome
Elyne Mitchell (particularly her brumby books. (Brumbies are wild horses.)
Ruby Ferguson (of the “Jill” pony books)
“Jean Blaidy”
Zane Grey (and probably several other writers of Westerners I’ve now forgotten)
Patrick O’Brian (and probably several writers of war novels of varying eras whose names I’ve forgotten)
George Macdonald (Yes the Flashman series; I’m bring brutally honest here – and I was only about 13)
Alastair MacLean
James Michener
Agatha Christie
Isaac Asimov
John Steinbeck
James Herriot
Dick Francis
John Francome
Peter Corris
Sue Grafton
Ellis Peters
Colleen McCullough
Lindsey Davis
Anne Perry
Dorothy L Sayers
Elizabeth Peters
Kerry Greenwood (on whom I posted here)
Marele Day (a rather good Australian writer of feminist detective stories))
Peter Ackroyd

Obviously, the way to sell lots of books is to write long series of detective novels or thrillers, or at least that is what this list would suggest.

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  • Ooh, awesome – here’s my first cut.

    Terry Pratchett
    Stephen King
    Enid Blyton
    Isaac Asimov
    Salman Rusdhie
    R K Narayan
    Robert Jordan (finish the series, dammit!)
    John Le Carre
    Philip K Dick
    Arthur C Clarke
    Larry Niven (and collab.)
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    Alan Moore
    Anne Rice
    Harry Turtledove
    Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Michael Moorcock
    Kahlil Gibran

  • Eric Olsen

    wow, ten is a lot – I tend more toward “representative samplings.” It also depends on how you define “books.” Probably I’ve read ten or more by Updike, Bellow, Vonnegut, Roth – really have to think about that one

  • Love this meme! My list in no particular order (yes, Aaman, first draft here, too):

    • Isaac Asimov
    • Ayn Rand
    • David Weber (Honor Harrington)
    • Sheri Tepper
    • C.J. Cherryh
    • John McPhee
    • Robert Heinlein
    • James Michener
    • Anne McCaffrey
    • Harry Harrison
    • Frank Herbert
    • Bill Bryson
    • Harry Turtledove
    • John Brunner
    • John Norman
    • Warren Murphy
    • Phillip K. Dick
    • Charles Sheffield

    I’m sure there are more, they just slip my mind right now! (Probably they’re still in boxes in the basement…)

  • do books by “Anonymous” count?


  • do books by “Anonymous” count?

    Of course! In fact, I have a collection in a dusty box downstairs, all penned by “A.G.” (I think it means “anonymous guy”), which I bought one at a time from an adult bookstore on East Colfax in Denver, at a time when such things were cheap, such shops carried only books and magazines, and I was not yet married.

    Should have added “A.G.” to my list…

  • i’m having a tough time coming up with a list. ten is definitely a lot!

    stephen king
    jack kerouac
    kurt vonnegut

    that’s it.

  • Yes anonymous counts as one, whatever sort of anonymous that is 🙂 So I guess I should add that too.

    (And I suspect historically, back in the 19th and earlier centuries, Anonymous is often female.)

  • yes, wasn’t Anais Nin an early ‘anonymous’? sort of, anyway.

  • Nick Jones

    I think one of the Bronte sisters published under the name “Ellis Bell(e?)”.

    Stephen King
    Harlan Ellison
    Phillip K. Dick
    Gore Vidal
    Charles Bukowski
    Peter Straub
    Alastair MacLean
    Whoever wrote the Executioner series (1970’s)

  • This is hard… not remembering names, but this is what I got so far..

    Enid Blyton
    William Shakespeare
    T. Lobsang Rampa
    Agatha Christie
    Hardy Boys’s author
    Nancy Drew’s author
    Neale Donald Walsch
    Godfrey Ray King
    Richard Bach

  • Like Eric, I’m not much of a serial monogamist when it comes to books, tending go more for “representative samples.” I doubt I’ve ever read ten books by any single author, considering five to my marker. Those would include

    Toni Morrison
    Lawrence Durrell
    Hermann Hesse
    John Steinbeck
    Fydor Dostoevsky
    Jonathan Lethem
    James Baldwin
    Gene Wolfe

    strange list if I do say so myself. Aside from Lethem, I haven’t read any of these authors in years and wouldn’t even say that any of them are that representative of what I read nowadays.

    and if graphic novels count
    Neil Gaiman (The Sandman)
    Los Bros Hernandez (Love & Rockets)

    However, that’s as an adult. Childhood: the Hardy Boys (hated Nancy Drew), Little House on the Prarie, and the like.

    Great post!

  • oh, I forgot Kerouc and Hunter S. Thompson! How could I forget?

  • Wow – 10 is a ton by any one author…

    My list:

    Elmore Leonard
    John D. McDonald
    Robert B. Parker
    Stephen King
    Ben Bova
    Jack Kerouac
    Tom Clancy
    John Grisham
    Harry Turtledove
    Steven Saylor
    Nelson DeMille

  • Nick Jones

    Oops – how could I forget Carl Hiaasen and the Hardy Boys?