Thursday, July 8, 2010

Strappin' on my springs........

because it's time for the Book Blogger Hop!!!!   Every week, I discover some great new blogs -- and have a lot of fun!!!    Jennifer over at Crazy for Books hosts this weekly hop --- and now, there's a little something extra -- As she explains:  This week's question:  Tell us about some of your favorite authors and why they are your favorites!

 Um..... ok!   I have a bunch of favorite authors, but I'll just put a few down here (and try to keep it short):
Margaret Atwood -- because her writing style is beautiful and artistic, and her stories sometimes make me a little uncomfortable (but that's ok - they make me think).
Alice Hoffman -- I like some of her books so much that I not only have read them more than twice, but I have extra copies so I can give them away!  Blue Diary and Ice Queen are my favorites.  Like Atwood, the stories sometimes have surprising (and occasionally, disturbing) twists, but she writes beautifully.
Ray Bradbury -- again, another author whose writing I just love.   There are sentences in Something Wicked This Way Comes that I savor --- I kind of roll them around in my mind -- like eating a wonderfully rich dessert.  He's a fantastic storyteller.
Neil Gaiman -- another amazing storyteller.  I have never disliked one of his books, and he's wonderful to hear in person.  I've been lucky enough to have gone to a few signings over the years -- he is really awesome.  And he's very cool.  And kind of cute, too.

and last, but certainly not least --- is China Mieville.   His stories take me to a completely weird, disturbing, compelling place every time I read his books.  I have been hooked on his books ever since I discovered The Scar a few years ago.   His book, The City & The City has won several awards, and his newest book, Kraken, was a book I just couldn't wait for -- so I treated myself at Book Depository UK.... and then gleefully danced around my house when it arrived.   He's an extremely smart man --- reading his political essays is just as good as reading his fiction -- he writes that well.

Whew!   I'm looking forward to seeing who everyone else lists!   :)


BookQuoter said...

Hi, hopping by from the blog and is now following. I have read one Margaret Atwood-Blind Assassin and loved it too. I really have to read a Neil Gaiman soon. Thanks.

Whitney said...

I love Margaret Atwood too. The Blind Assassin is one of my favorite novels, it's so lyrically written.

Unknown said...

I hate to say this... but Neil Gaiman is the only author on that list who I've read! On the flip side... I love being introduced to new authors. Thanks for including favorite books along with the authors!

VampAngel said...

Hi! I'm visiting because of the blog hop. Great place!

I'm a follower.

I'll be hanging around awhile.

VampAngel's Dilemma: To Read or Not To Read It? That is The Question

Marcie said...

I came over from the hop and became a follower.
I like Neil Gaiman too. Stop by my blog if you get the chance. Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

Stopping by from the hop. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorites as well.

Beverly said...

Just hopping by the hop and the follow! Stop by The Wormhole and see what I have been reading! Have a great weekend and Happy reading!

pussreboots said...

Great collection of favorite authors. They are among my favorites too. I'm hopping by. Happy Friday. Pussreboots.

Bookish in a Box said...

Thanks for stopping by the Hop! Ray Bradbury is one of my favorites too. :-)

Jen (@ Jens Book Closet) said...

Thanks for hopping by my blog. I absolutely love Neil Gaiman. I though The Graveyard Book was so wonderfully written and creative. I mean, what could be better than an alive ghost boy who lives in a cemetery?!

In the Closet With a Bibliophile

Unknown said...

Hopping by to return the visit--I already follow. :-) Love Neil Gaiman! He's the king of slightly-weird fiction.


Book of Secrets said...

Hello from the Hop! Thanks for stopping by my blog. We have GREAT taste in blog backgrounds! *winks* Have a wonderful weekend!

Diana @ Book of Secrets

Karen and Gerard said...

Stopping by from the book blog hop. I haven't read any of these authors!

Manga Maniac said...

Hi, I'm dropping in for the blog hop. I'm a new follower, too!

I like Atwood and Gaiman, too. I need to catch up on Atwood's newer books, though.

If you have time, stop in and say hi at Manga Maniac Cafe

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