Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Wednesday Poll

Just a bit of fun.  Which author's writing influences you the most, you know, which one do you tip your hat to every time you look back at your work?

See, mine is Virginia Woolf, but I didn't put her on the list, because I figured it would just be me.  Any others you want added, just comment below and I'll add them to the poll.

Cheers,

Ian

PS.  You sort of have to scroll the poll along a bit to get at the results as I can't get the bloody thing to fit.

9 comments:

  1. Bukowski & Vonnegut but they're not crime.

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  2. That's a tough poll because it needs to have, oh, about 13 more pages. That would be the approximate length needed to list all the other authors who absolutely must be there. Late Forties to early Sixties author Richard Prather springs to mind. Shell Scott, Prather's screwball, larger than life private eye, engendered such modern protagonists as Robert Crais's Elvis Cole.

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  3. For me I'd have to nominate 3 guys none of them crime writers. Douglas Adams (R.I.P) for his humour, the sense of Englishness he put in his work and the masterful way he uses irony.

    Terry Pratchett. His characters are funny, believeable, well rounded and flawed. No one writes a characters like Practhett, in my eyes.

    Finally, Stephen King. A genius and the Dickens of our day.

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  4. Hemingway. That spare, spare prose.

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  5. Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck. A combination of madness and detail for the drunk and forlorn!

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  6. jack london and white fang perhaps, though never consciously so - that tension as the dogs are closing in...

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  7. David, I'm with you. Hemingway is a huge influence for me. (Though, for me at least, I have to watch it cause I veer so easily from Hemingway into Joe Friday.)

    Ray Bradbury is big for me, too. Such unusual phrasing and startlingly radical ideas. And he usually writes genre.

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  8. Ray Bradbury. Dandelion Wine. Right up there with To Kill A Mockingbird. The first chapter alone (The Ravine) brrrrrr shiver. Ihe kid's pitch to the shoeman about the first tennis shoes of the summer. Wow. Talk about _feeling_ the writing.

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  9. Blimey.

    There's a thing when the ensuing discussion is more interesting than the poll. Worth sticking it up to elicit such interesting stuff. Apart from Virginia Woolf, I'd have to go with David and Chris on Hemingway, and Paul on Bukowski. But B.R. you've brought up a really interesting point, something I'll have to expand upon later.

    Thanks so much everyone for your responses. Sort of feel like I know you all just a little more :)

    Cheers,

    Ian

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