BTT: 5 for Favorites

1. Do you have a favorite author? Probably Diana Gabaldon

2. Have you read everything he or she has written? I think so, even the Lord John stories.

3. Did you LIKE everything? Sure I LIKE everything she writes. Now I do think that some were better than others and looking back some things bugged me but she's pretty consistent.

4. How about a least favorite author? Easy. Henry James. I struggled through Wings of the Dove because he has grammar issues. There are run on sentences that go on for full paragraphs.

5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t? I'm still thinking Henry James. Edith Wharton was a big fan and I wanted to like him but I just couldn't.

Yeah, that was short.


  1. I love Gabaldon!!

    And Henry James and I don't get along.

  2. Well, some of Henry James's stuff is definitely better than the rest. "Turn of the Screw" and "The Aspern Papers" are two of my favorite short works, but I agree his novels are pretty hard to get through.

  3. I cannot tolerate run-on sentences! Please come visit to see my answers.

  4. I'm a Henry James fan, but we can't all be the same! ;0)

  5. Diana Gabaldon comes in a close second for me. I really like her work though.

  6. I've never read any Gabaldon, although I see her books a lot in the bookstore. I've thought about it, but she has so many books and they're all so big that I never know where to begin.

    Henry James is definitely an author that I wanted to like, but didn't. I'd heard so many good things about "The Turn of the Screw," but those run-on sentences with their clauses inside of clauses...I just wanted it to be over as soon as possible. One novella was long enough for me. I don't think I'll ever read one of his novels. Maybe after my disappointment has worn off in a few years.

  7. I was deciding between William Faulkner and Henry James---and I picked the first. I can tolerate overly embellished prose (James) but not fifty pages of rhetorical digression. :)

  8. I am so with you on Henry James. I find him unreadable, yet my brother did his master's thesis on The Turn of the Screw, so it's not genetic.

    I do disagree with Matt's dislike of Faulkner, though. I didn't think I liked Faulkner, either, while I was reading Go Down Moses, but at the end of the book, it stayed with me for days. The man was a genius.

  9. I don't know why, but I just haven't been attracted to Diana Gabaldon's books. So many people do like her. Someday maybe I'll change my mind. It's happened before. :-)

  10. J.S.- Yes, by the time I got to the end of a sentence I was completely lost.

    Karen- I hear Turn of the Screw is tolerable. I *might* try that one if I have loads of patience.

    Matt- I've never read Faulkner. I'm a bit afraid.


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