Authors you can’t go wrong with, part 4

This list continues from part 3.

Joanne Bertin

Bertin’s 3 fantasy books are all in her Dragonlord series. There was a 13-year gap between the second and third one. Hopefully she will now continue to write more.

  • Masterpiece
    • Dragon and Phoenix
  • Great book
    • The Last Dragonlord
  • Good book
    • Bard’s Oath

James Clavell

Clavell’s historical fiction books are all brilliant — they’re non-stop action, with all the characters plotting against each other. He also worked on movies, including The Great Escape.

  • Masterpieces
    • Shogun
    • Tai-Pan
    • Gai-Jin
    • Noble House
    • Whirlwind

Douglas Coupland

Coupland understands modern society and presents it very humorously.

  • Masterpiece
    • Generation X
  • Great books
    • The Gum Thief
    • Shampoo Planet

Charles de Lint

De Lint often sets his books in a world very much like ours except magic exists.

  • Masterpiece
    • Someplace to be Flying
  • Great book
    • Memory and Dream

Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell writes nonfiction — all of his books are important for living in the 21st century.

  • Masterpieces
    • The Tipping Point
    • Outliers
    • What the Dog Saw (short pieces)
    • David and Goliath

Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Miller tragically had some personal problems that prevented him from being more prolific.

  • Masterpiece
    • A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • Great books
    • The Best of Walter M. Miller, Jr. (collection)
    • Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman (with Terry Bisson)

Daniel Quinn

Quinn’s ideas have been very important to the way I think about the world.

  • Masterpieces
    • Ishmael
    • The Story of B
    • My Ishmael
    • Beyond Civilization (nonfiction)
  • Great books
    • Providence (autobiography)
    • The Man Who Grew Young (graphic novel)
    • After Dachau
    • The Holy
    • If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways (nonfiction)

Alastair Reynolds

Reynolds’ brilliant novella “Thousandth Night” is set in the same universe as House of Suns.

  • Masterpiece
    • House of Suns
  • Great book
    • Revelation Space

Karl Schroeder

Schroeder seems to know what the future holds.

  • Masterpiece
    • Ventus
  • Great books
    • Permanence
    • Lady of Mazes

Sarah Zettel

Zettel’s 4 fantasy books in her Isavalta series are brilliant, and she’s also written science fiction.

  • Masterpiece
    • A Sorcerer’s Treason
  • Great books
    • The Usurper’s Crown
    • The Firebird’s Vengeance
    • Sword of the Deceiver

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