You know, I just wanted to mention another handful of authors, because some of my favorites don’t have a huge number of titles out (yet), so they didn’t make my previous post. This list isn’t in any particular order either because good Lord, how could you ever sort them out and pick a favorite, much less order them from top to bottom? ALL of these authors are on my buy-anything-and-everything-they-write list. I just walked downstairs and gazed at my selves for a moment, and here are the auto-buy authors that jumped out at me. I wouldn’t have expected there to be so many, but here they are:
1. CJ Cherryh. I didn’t like the Rusalka trilogy, and in the future I may possibly dislike something else she writes so much that I give it away. But basically, I am certain to buy whatever she writes.
2. Martha Wells. Especially since I’m finding her books wonderful to re-read, even though I only read them for the first time about a year ago. Some of hers are going to be moving into comfort-book territory pretty soon.
3. Steven Brust. Despite TECKLA, and the rather strange format of TIASSA, I’m still right there for HAWK when it comes out later this year.
4. Sharon Shinn.
5. Barbara Hambly, especially as she seems to be concentrating mainly on her historical Benjamen January mysteries and the Ysidro vampire stories, both favorite series of mine.
6. Andrea K Höst. I doubt that will surprise any of you.
7. Patricia McKillip. Of course.
8. Robin McKinley. Also of course.
9. Laura Florand. Of course.
10. Elizabeth Wein. I don’t always want to read them *right away*, but I always want to pick them up knowing that when I have time, I will put them on the top of my list.
11. Nicola Griffith. The Blue Place trilogy was good enough I’m really looking forward to whatever else she writes — especially with all I’ve heard about Hild.
12. Guy Gavriel Kay. I notice he does have a couple titles out that I wasn’t aware of, though, particularly The Last Light of the Sun
13. Ilona Andrews. I’ve really enjoyed all their books, not just the Kate Daniels series. Plus they are such fun, quick reads that I don’t have to put off reading them.
14. Patricia Wrede. I haven’t loved all her books. Some of her early ones in particular are, uh, not up to her later quality, shall we say. Still, I’m happy to pick up and try anything she writes, and I don’t see that changing.
Plus, there are a whole handful of authors who only have out a couple books, or three, or four — not enough to be on an auto-buy list, but that doesn’t mean I won’t snatch up their next few. Merrie Haskell, say. And Sage Blackwood. I’m sure there are others. Oh, Dan Wells, though I wasn’t super-crazy about Partials, but I did like it and I’m interested to see what weird thing he might do next. (I don’t mean Partials is weird; it’s his “normal” series.) Oh! Brian Katcher, even though contemporary isn’t my thing — but then neither are romances, and that doesn’t stop me putting Laura Florand up there on my auto-buy list.
Also, I will soon go back to Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky series and read that, and I could see Bear turning into first a pick-up-backlist and then an auto-buy author for me.
So, anyway, yeah, I don’t see myself running out of stuff to read anytime soon. Especially since a whole lot of the books I pick up are actually by authors I know nothing about, just because of recommendations by you all and blog posts I happen to see.