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Anyone who reads on a regular basis (even if it is only a handful of books each year) has inevitably found themselves with a mental list of some sort that contains the authors they will read no matter what. These authors are the ones who they’ve discovered they love the most regardless of what the critics or the general public say. These authors are the ones they will stick with no matter how silly their newest book might seem on the surface. These authors have the faith of the reader, no matter what.
I have a lot of these authors in my head.
Obviously I read. I read a lot. Probably more than is normal by any standard and so my list of “must buy” authors is pretty big. Today I’ll share with you ten of them that I think you should consider adding to your “must buy” list as well.
Timothy Zahn (Thrawn Trilogy, Blackcollar, Frank Compton Series)
As my favorite author since I was 12-years-old it only makes sense that Timothy Zahn is on this list. I still have yet to read some of his older works, but his works in the SWEU alone is enough to keep him here permanently. One of my favorite things about Zahn’s books are how the characters are always locked in some kind of chess match that simmers until just the right moment before the heat turns up and everything goes crazy. His work can also be counted on to have a few great plot twists as well, which I love.
Brandon Sanderson (Elantris, Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, Wheel of Time)
I discovered Brandon Sanderson when I was still in school at BYU (where he teaches from time to time) and I found Elantris in the campus bookstore. It wasn’t long until I was plowing through Mistborn and eventually the first book of The Stormlight Archive. I make sure to pre-order everything that’s coming soon from Sanderson so I can read it immediately.
Mira Grant (Newsflesh Trilogy)
This author is new to me in just the past year but I’m really hoping she has some new work coming out in the near future. Mira Grant does a great job with her character development and her unique take on the zombie apocalypse was quite refreshing.
Michael A. Stackpole (Rogue Squadron, The Kerensky Trilogy)
All of my experience with Michael A. Stackpole is limited to his work inside of the Star Wars and Battletech universes, but that work is amazing. Some of the characters he wrote into the Rogue Squadron books are my favorite SWEU characters to this day and I loved his way of weaving politics and action together inside the very volatile Battletech universe. I haven’t read any of his more recent work simply because I haven’t had time, but I’ll get to it someday.
Terry Brooks (Shannara)
What else is there to say than if you haven’t read any of Terry Brooks Shannara books you are seriously crazy, especially if you are a fan of fantasy. Sometimes I wonder if he’s ever going to branch out into a new universe of some type, but every time I do he adds to the one he’s already got and I love it just the same.
David Dalglish (The Half-Orcs, The Paladins, Shadowdance, The Watcher’s Blade)
A lot of people have never heard of David Dalglish because all of his work is self-published. Don’t let that fool you though, I find his books to be great when I need something a little more fast-paced and full of action to cleanse my palate between the heavier books I favor from time to time. His writing gets stronger with each book he releases which is fun to witness and all of the different trilogies and series are tied together through different characters. If you haven’t tried Dalglish’s work before you might want to give it a try.
Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, Unholy Night)
I love this author simply because he takes already established lore and then turns it on its head. Whether it’s adding zombies to Jane Austen, creating an alter-ego for a beloved president, or adding some mystery and intrigue to biblical stories, Grahame-Smith finds very unique ways to tell his stories.
Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
He’s only got two books, with a third that is “taking as long as it takes” to finish. Rothfuss might be one of the most amazing storytellers I’ve read in a very, very long time.
John Scalzi (Old Man’s War, Redshirts, The God Engines)
The first Scalzi book I read was Redshirts, which is funny because it’s actually one of his most recent. However, immediately after finishing I went and devoured all the rest of his books that I could get my hands on and I’m not knee-deep in his serialized novel, The Human Division. It seems that Scalzi is hit or miss with a lot of people but his pacing is superb and I find myself having more fun reading his books than any others I’ve picked up. It’s often light-hearted with a touch of sarcasm and a healthy dose of downright fun.
Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Deception Point)
Obviously people either love or hate Dan Brown. I happen to be one of the people who really love his work. His books are always somewhat controversial given their subject matter, but the twists and turns of the plot always grip me until the very end. There is something about how he writes after doing so much research to make sure he’s got facts lined up just the right way to tell his story (whether the story is ultimately factual or not) that really gives me goosebumps when reading his work.