Thursday, August 27, 2009

Of Three I Sing

Today I pay homage to three of my favourite writers - in all forms of writing. It goes without saying that all of you who are kind enough to comment on my blog are also among my favourites!


Elizabeth George's novels are incredible. Her plots are tricky and each of her characters seem to have some fatal flaw. Wonderful books which I read over and over again. My only complaint is that sometimes she sounds like she swallowed a dictionary for breakfast but I admit that reading her books has increased my vocabulary!


No one will replace the late, ever lamented Erma Bombeck. The humanity that shines through in each of her books is beyond measure. Always good for a giggle with situations that have me nodding in recognition. I'm sure she's making God laugh.


Nothing to watch on TV? Get yourself anything written by Aaron Sorkin. His dialogue is crisp, comedy appears at the most eccentric times, and some speeches will bring tears to your eyes. You can agree or disagree with what he's saying, but how he says it is pure genius. When I am feeling uninspired I put on a copy of The West Wing to remind me what good writing is capable of achieving.

Who are your favourites? I'd be curious to know? Do you read all types of books or mainly in the genre that you write?


  1. Since I am the world’s Most Boring Person…WMBP. It follows that I like to read history writers. Yeah, I know. Anyway, I like David McCullough. Two good ones, John Adams and 1776. I like Joseph Ellis as well…Founding Brothers and His Excellency George Washington. I kinda also like Ken Follett.

    Best Regards, Galen
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  2. Galen; I must join your Boring Ranks. I love reading history although my choice is usually English history.

  3. Humor: David Sedaris
    Science: Philip Ball
    Other Science: Mary Roach

    I hardly read fiction. Is there something wrong with me?

  4. I just discovered David Sedaris, he's funny! I'm all over the place when it comes to books. I just started Book of Negroes, and finished a writing book and Can You Keep a Secret. It all depends on my mood.

  5. I'll read almost anything but romance - I just can't get into all that (sorry, romance writers!) but my hands-down favorite is T.C. Boyle. For me, he's pure genius.


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