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Day 31: Authors~

Happy end of the year you guys! I hope it’s been a good one for you, and I hope that 2016 will be even better. I don’t know where it’s all gone, but I hope it’s been to cake and books and other lovely things.

(2015 has been… A slightly strange year for us. Some really excellent things have happened (we moved into a lovely new flat, I graduated, I’ve been lucky enough to be in employment since my graduation), but some incredibly shitty things have happened at pretty much the same time (we were unceremoniously booted out of the old flat, my sister who is a dancer broke her foot and has spent most of the year on crutches, I was starkly reminded that I’m not the only one in my extended family who has mental health issues). Overall I’m still inclined to call it a pretty great year, but it has been incredibly eventful in a fair few not too pleasant ways. I suppose my main hope for next year is that it be a bit less eventful, and treat those close to me a little better.)

…But that is not entirely the point of this post! :D It’s the final day of the December talking meme, and today [Bad username: Classics_Lover] asked me for my Top 5 Favourite Authors!

5. Homer

As a Classics nerd, this guy just had to be on here. I read the Odyssey years ago and loved it, read the Iliad in the first year of university and loved it almost as much, and… Just really like everything that his name is attached to, okay? It feels like a tiny bit of a cheat to put him on here, since we don’t really know if he even existed as such, but his works are so important to me that he definitely deserves a place.

4. Suetonius

Classics nerding part II!

Suetonius is a Roman biographer, and I love him more than Homer for the simple reason that he’s quite probably the bitchiest person to have ever walked the planet. His works are HILARIOUS, a gold mine of gossip and joy and incredibly interesting insights into how the Roman world worked. He’s not the worthiest biographer I’ve ever encountered, that honour apparently falls to Tacitus *bitter Classics expression*, but he’s definitely the most fun.

3. Chris Marie Green

I feel slightly guilty about repeatedly calling Vampire Babylon a bit trashy this month, because I do really love it with my whole heart and a lot of that is down to Green’s writing. She can be a little over the top sometimes, and I still have no idea what colour Wolfie’s hair is supposed to be, but she’s always compelling and has a real sense for getting character across. Her villains are amazing, she’s truly committed to diversity and I do really enjoy her stuff. I’d definitely recommend giving her at least a look!

2. Geoff Johns

I dithered a bit about putting Geoff Johns on here, because comics writing is slightly different from books writing, but in the end I decided that I love his work so much that I don’t care. Johns is an amazing writer, and I have adored pretty much everything of his that I’ve read. His characters are great, his plots are really interesting and even when he does stuff that I disagree with (Wally is so much better than Barry, gdi) he does it in such a way that I can’t mind. He’s a big reason why I love comics so much, and for that reason he’s definitely on this list.

1.Darren Shan

…Is anybody surprised by this after this month? Really?

I first started reading Shan in my teenage years, and while I can accept that his books may well have flaws I cannot accept that and I will fight you they are still basically my favourite things ever. They’re just really dark and yet really fun to read all at once. They take worlds that should be grimdark, zombie apocalypse and demon invasion AND vampire V murder vampire, and just explore them in such a wonderfully light way that you can’t help but get really invested. Shan isn’t technically the best writer that has ever existed, but his work is deeply important to me. And for that reason, and many others, he is definitely top of this list.


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Dec. 31st, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
With you on Homer (and on the classics nerdery)!

Have not read Suetonius but now I want to :)
Jan. 4th, 2016 10:19 am (UTC)
Yay! Homer is rather excellent. :D And I'd definitely recommend Suetonius, he's an amazing writer and absolutely hilarious to boot! :D
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