I know, I know! This is really late. I’m sorry. I had a rough week. Please forgive me.
Now onward. I got the wonderful idea for this post from Ashley Prince’s blog The Bibliophile’s Corner, and couldn’t resist doing a similar list. My list actually ended up being 11 instead of 10, but I won’t tell if you won’t. Also, I’ve discovered that 1995-96 was a bad time for me. Three of the authors on this list died in that period of time. And fourth on this list died in 1975. So there’s little chance of actually getting another book out of those four authors, unless someone finds a long-lost manuscript somewhere, or someone learns how to channel them long enough to write their books for them.
Anyway, please enjoy:
The Top 10 Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book!
1) Roger Zelazny: If you don’t know this yet, let me inform you: Roger Zelazny was one of the greatest scifi/fantasy novelists of all time. Ever. Period. The Great Book of Amber is a brilliant and complex fantasy series with one of the greatest main characters ever written. And Lord of Light… don’t even get me started on Lord of Light! An fascinating mix of fantasy, science fiction, Buddhist philosophy, Hindu mythology, and good old-fashioned adventure, Lord of Light will make you think, question, and explore more than some classic philosophers I’ve read. Zelazny wrote plenty of books – many many MANY books, in fact. But it’s still a crime and a serious detriment to the world that he didn’t write even more before he died in 1995.
2) Michael Ende: Almost everyone knows his story, but many don’t know his name. Michael Ende, very popular in Germany where he lived and published many children’s books, is known in the U.S. for only one: The Neverending Story. And if you’ve read that novel, than you know why it’s a TRAVESTY that he never wrote any other books in that same story-universe, or that few of his other books were ever published in English. Every single time I re-read The Neverending Story, I wish with a fervent passion that he had written some sort of sequel to it before he died (also in 1995).
3) Austin Grossman: This man mainly works as a game designer, but he also wrote one novel called Soon I Will Be Invincible, which follows two parallel storylines – a young woman who has just joined the world’s most famous super-hero team, the Champions; and a Dr. Impossible, an evil-genius super-villain who is determined that next time, he will win. This novel is AWESOME. At time hilarious, at other times surprisingly sad. At all times, amazingly human. I have always loved stories that try to think through the real-world implications of superheroes, and this book does a brilliant job. I just cannot understand why Austin Grossman hasn’t written another book yet. Come on, man! Get with the program!
4) Frank Beddor: When I read Frank Beddor’s Looking Glass Wars trilogy, which is a intricate reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, I was FLOORED. It was so different and original, the characters were complex and fascinating, and the action was intense. I love love LOVE these books, and I seriously NEED him to write something new.
5) Walter M. Miller, Jr: Walter Miller only wrote two novels (and a slew of short story and essay collections): A Canticle for Leibowitz and Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. A Canticle for Leibowitz is considered one of the greatest science fiction classics (the prequel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman received mix reviews at best), and is one of my favorite novels ever. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale about a Catholic order of monks who survive through a couple millennia of chaos and war. It is strange, and dark, and epic, and sad, and oddly funny at times. And I wish to God Walter M. Miller, Jr. had written at least one more really awesome novel before he died in 1996.
6) Kenneth Patchen: Patchen was best known as a pre-beat poet in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, who was more than a little mad and extremely avant garde, but he also wrote two novels: The Journal of Albion Moonlight and The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer. I have yet to read Shy Pornographer, but The Journal of Albion Moonlight is HANDS-DOWN the most insane, most frustrating book ever written. It’s beautiful and terrifying and hilarious and absolutely MADDENING. I’d tell you what it’s about but I’m not sure I really can… I guess I’ll need to write a whole post about it at some point, just to get at a FEW of the things that make this book AMAZING and INSANE. I wish he had written another book, and I don’t know why he didn’t. He wrote Albion Moonlight in 1941 and Shy Pornographer in 1945, and didn’t die until 1975. He had the time, dammit!!
7) Richard Adams: best known for Watership Down (which I’ve raved about before), Richard Adams has actually written plenty of other books, most of which I have not read mainly because I’ve never seen any of them in the U.S. He published a novel called Daniel in 2006. And he released a short story a couple years ago. But he’s 91 years old, and I hope that he writes at least one more. Even though I haven’t had a chance to read most of his other works, I still wish he’d write another. I’ll get to them eventually, I know, though it might require ordering books from the U.K., and I want to have many many to choose from.
8) Harper Lee: She only wrote one novel, but it was doozy. To Kill a Mockingbird is beautiful, and it will forever remain a classic. It’s easy to understand why she might not want, or feel the need, to give a repeat performance. But I wish she’d think of her adoring public and give us one more beautiful piece of art to cherish forever. She’s only 85. It could still happen.
9) John Case: When I read the first book by John Case (which is actually a pseudonym for husband and wife team Jiim and Carolyn Hougan), The Genesis Code, I fell in love. The Genesis Code, a suspense/mystery thriller with religious themes and slightly scifi undertones, was amazingly sharp and intelligent, fast-paced, intense, exciting, and truly suspenseful. Their next book, The First Horseman (separate story but also containing religious themes) was equally brilliant. They have now published 6 books, but the last one came out in 2006, and they need to hurry up and write another. NOW.
10) Tim O’Brien: Probably best known for his intense, emotional, and strange Vietnam War novels: The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato (which happen to be two of my favorite books ever), Tim O’Brien has written eight novels. The most recent of these, published in 2002, was July, July. Tim O’Brien is brilliant. He needs to write more. Period.
11) Garth Nix: I have loved Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series for years, and while he’s written a number of other books, some of which I thoroughly enjoy, nothing can quite match the wonder of reading Sabriel for the first time. Since he finished his Seventh Tower series and Keys to the Kingdom series for the Independent Reader age group, I’ve been waiting patiently (sort of) for him to write something else. He would be much higher on this list, except that I’ve found news that we should be expecting a new addition to the Old Kingdom series some time in 2013. Thank goodness!
(Click on the cover image to go to the Goodreads page for each book)
So, what authors would make it onto YOUR list??