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5 Great Sci-Fi Authors of Our Generation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

If you’re one to dive straight into the fantastical, then science fiction, or sci-fi as it’s commonly called, is the genre for you. With action, drama, and technology all thrown in together, alongwith a heavy dose of space, time travel, and maybe even some robots, an interesting read is pretty much guaranteed.

Here’s a list of 5 great authors in the one genre that basically covers all genres within it.

 

1. Isaac Isamov

The king of the fantastic, Isaac Isamov will not only make you love robots, but fear them too. Though he was a professor by profession, he devoted quite a bit of time and energy towards his novels, and ended up publishing over 500 books throughout his career.

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Image source – Encyclopedia Britannica

 

2. Arthur C. Clarke

Called the “Prophet of the Space Age”, Arthur Clarke is not only a multiple award winner, but also beloved author of one of the all time classics. And if you have read The Space Odyssey, go now. Seriously, go read it now.

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Image source – Telegraph.uk

 

3. H.G. Wells

Ok, so we’re cheating with this one (because he’s technically not of this generation), but then again, he’s too good not to mention. With classics like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds under his belt, is it any wonder why we’re bending the rules for him? For many, his books were the first introduction to the fantastical and wild.

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Image source – Famous Biographies

 

4. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, is one of the most prolific writers of the 21st Century. He has also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. The Martian Chronicles is another of his beloved works.

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Image source – firewireblog.com

 

5. William Gibson

New age sci-fi is all about technology and the rise of the information age, and Gibson is the one who took on the challenge of that integration absolutely seamlessly. His novels set the stage for the coming of the internet, and how all encompassing and involved virtual realities are. Interesting fact – he’s also the credited with coining the term ‘cyberspace’.

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Image source – Amazon UK

 

Happy Reading!

5 Great Thriller Authors of Our Generation

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

“A great thriller, to me, is more about creating a sense of unease: a queasiness that comes with knowing something is not quite right.” These words by Gillian Flynn certainly sum up why we love our thrillers so much. It’s like sitting in a rollercoaster without having to leave your favorite chair. Who wouldn’t want that?

So here, we share a small sample of some great thriller writers, and if you aren’t reading them, may we advise a trip to the bookstore or library?

 

1. Lee Child

An all-out bestselling author, Lee Child has risen to fame from his series depicting tough, retired Army cop Jack Reacher. With strong action sequences, a hero that never quits, and situations that are not only complicated, but often end up being bizarre, Child has managed to corner the market of thriller writing. Loyal fans across the world swear by Reacher and his infallible sense of justice. In fact, many fans were up in arms with the selection of Tom Cruise to play Reacher in the screen adaptations of his books, as he bears little to no resemblance to the physical description of Reacher. But scandal and grumbling aside, the character has become much loved. Fun fact, Lee Child is not really his name, but rather just a pen name he uses. His actual name is James D. Grant.

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Image source – Penguin House

 

2. James Patterson

With his first novel “The Thomas Berryman Number’ winning the prolific Edgar Award for Best First Novel, James Patterson was well on his way to stardom. His numerous books have since sold over 275 million copies worldwide. He is most well-known for his Alex Cross detective series, three of which have been turned into full length feature films, with Morgan Freeman in the first two. His latest release has been co-written by former US President Bill Clinton. Another interesting thing about him is that he holds the New York Times record for the most hardcover fiction bestselling books by any writer!

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3. Dan Brown

Best know for his controversial novel The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown has certainly written many books, though his Robert Langdon series remain a favorite for all.  Though The DaVinci Code was the second novel in the series, it was the first to be adapted into a feature film, and that certainly helped the series gain momentum (though many claim that the movie doesn’t come near doing justice to the book). He’s known for featuring themes relating to ancient Christianity, treasure hunts,  cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, art, and conspiracy theories.

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Image source – Dan Brown

 

4. Tess Gerritsen

A surgeon and writer, Tess has written mostly novels in a single series, but the Detective Rizzolli series became so popular in and on its own, it even inspired a multi-season television show called Rizzoli and Isles. Tess herself studied anthropology before heading into surgery, though being a writer remained her childhood dream. Though medical thrillers are now her forte, she actually started as a romance thriller writer, and gained popularity in that genre, before finding her true niche with her first medical thriller Harvest. Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold all across the world.

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Image source – Tessgerritsen.com

 

5. David Baldacci

While the series written by David are too numerous to list, The Camel Club, and King and Maxwell series have huge fan following (King and Maxwell was also turned into a small television series).  Though he himself trained to be a lawyer, his first novel Absolute Power was such a hit, that he turned to writing full time. And we are extremely thankful for the change in career, aren’t we? With strong characters, taunt plotlines, and interesting twists and turns, what’s not to like. On a side note, David and his wife Michelle run a non-profit organization called Wish You Well Foundation aimed at fighting illiteracy.

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Image source – David Baldacci

 

While we know it isn’t possible that any one list can possibly contain every single person’s favorite thriller writer, we do acknowledge that our lives have certainly been racier and more exciting thanks to their hard work! And we can’t forget the countless other who have worked to make this genre as ‘thrilling’ as it is. So here’s a special mention – Michael Connelly, Tom Clancy, Agatha Christie, Michael Chrichton. Thank you too!

5 Great Romance Authors of our Generation

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” Though an anonymous quote, the words couldn’t be truer and more applicable to real life. Books have always been the gateway to new worlds, and romance novels, as a genre, can transport you to a world where you can rest easy that everything will turn out right with the world. They introduce you to women you admire, and men you connect with, and often have a knack for tapping into human emotions in a way that you connect, no matter what background you come from.

So, to acknowledge the wonder and magic that romance novels bring to our lives, here’s a list of 5 authors from our generation, who are at the top of their game.

 

1. Nora Roberts

The queen of the best-seller list, Nora Roberts can easily be called the romance writer for this generation. With over 200 books to her credit, she is amazing at churning out masterpiece after masterpiece, with well-rounded characters, classic romance, and an ability to make you read well into the night. She also writes a separate thriller-romance series under the pseudonym J.D.Robb, who is just as popular and successful.

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Image source – Goodreads

 

2. Debbie Macomber

Debbie clearly belongs on this list, with over 200 million copies of her books sold worldwide. With beautiful words, scenic descriptions you can almost visualize, and lovers so clearly meant to be together, you get frustrated with them for not seeing it as clearly as you, she lures you in and keeps you hooked right to the last page.

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Image source – Simon & Schuster

 

3. Nicholas Sparks

The odd man out, clearly, being one of the few men to be able to breakthrough in a genre considered by many to be a woman’s forte, Nicholas certainly has a special ‘Spark’ in his work. His books are so popular that many have gone on to be become successful feature length films, including The Last Song, Safe Haven, A Walk to Remember, and the most memorable of them all, The Notebook.

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Image source – Google

 

4. Jayne Ann Krentz

Another author who has written many best-selling books not only in her own name, but also in her pseudonym Amanda Quick. Another weird quirk of hers? She has a host of other pseudonyms under which many novels and series have been written, including Amanda Glass, Jayne Castle, Jayne Taylor, as well as Stephanie James. We’re exhausted just reading the names.

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Image source – Twitter

 

5. Sarah MacLean

We’re happy to include her name primarily because she has achieved so much at such a young age. One of the youngest authors to reach such accolades, and having won numerous awards, especially in the romance genre, Sarah is one to look out for.

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Image source – Goodreads

 

Though it’s obvious that we can’t possibly cover each and every romance author out there, these are five great options to get you started. And if you want to add some of your favorites, send us a mail and we’ll make a second list. You can also suggest different genres that you’d like us to write about too. Till next time, cheerio!