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Rainer Maria Rilke
Edgar Allan Poe
Each of these men led the most interesting lives; but instead of owning mere knowledge, they had "wisdom."
Nobody else writes with such an absolute vigour and appreciation for life. His novels are technicolor descriptive, passionate, and heartfelt. His prose borders poetry in rhythm and imagery-- I heard in a documentary that musicians tend to enjoy his works because he writes with a tempo founded in bebop and freeform jazz. "...the feeling of being a bentback mudman monster groaning underground in hot steaming mud pulling a long hot burden nowhere, the feeling of standing ankledeep in hot boiled pork blood, ugh, of being up to your waste in a giant pan of greasy brown dishwater not a trace of suds left in it..."
On the Road is his magnum opus, but personally my favorite novel of his is the Big Sur.
Louise Ferdinand Celine
Vulgar, gritty, and misanthropic, Celine paints a broad picture of all of france with a paintbrush covered in grime and filth. He's, um... French. That's all there really is to say. Journey to the End of the Night is hands down his best.
For those of us who simply do not have the concentration to plow through a tomb of Proust, Henry Miller is the common man's king of free form stream of consciousness. The imagery in Tropic of Capricorn still inspires my nightmares.
Mark Z. Danielewski
Go to your nearest bookstore and flip through a copy of House of Leaves. Really. Just look at it. You'll be hooked on the spot.
ok I am shocked no one has said christine feehan she is the best hot sexy vampire hunters that have the best s e x anywere. The Dark series if you want to check it out. and Angela knight is also good. I read several more but those are my most recent favs.
I agree with Vass I cant wait for the next Terry Goodkind Sword of Truth.
Also reading the Wheel Of Time series by Robert Jordan. Goodkinds story is beter tho.
Anything by Stephen King or Anne Rice. Hooked on Laurel K Hamiltom now since someone from here told me of her.
Also Poe, Tolkien, Vargo, and too many others to list.
Michael Moorcock is a god to me-the Elric,Corum and Cornelius series are my favourites.Also Jack Vance,Fritz Lieber,Dennis Wheatley and H.P Lovecraft.If you are a fantasy/sci-fi fan then i urge you to check out Michael Moorcock!
Sun Tzu, Alexandre Dumas, Oscar Wilde, Weis & Hickman, R.A. Salvatore, and most authors in the Lovecraftian Genre (esp. Brian Lumley; gotta love a guy who will tell you a story over a smoke and a whisky @ the bar...).
Like Vassago, I love the Sword of Truth series. I've read most of Piers books aswell, very silly guy.
I also enjoy Tolstoy, I know he's a default classic and all who claim to like his work are either faking intellect or have just recently finished reading War and Peace for the first time. Assume away, I couldn't care less.
I also enjoy Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I've discovered a very fascinating person in Steven D. Levitt. A very intelligent and humorous man. Check out Freakonomics if you get the chance, no it's not about freaks. It's about economics and topics of similarity. It sounds boring, I know, give it a try though.
Here's another like Tolstoy that you will assume towards myself; Hawkins. Great exercise for your mind. Undos TVs exorcism... you'll laugh at that one later.