“Psychopaths… people who know the differences between right and wrong, but don’t give a shit. That’s what most of my characters are like.”
Most recent is the death of Elmore “Dutch” Leonard who passed away on August 20th, 2013. Over the course of his lifetime he published 46 novels, 26 of them were adapted for film and TV including Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Jackie Brown and Get Shorty and his stories were also the inspiration behind the hit show Justified. Late last year Elmore was honored with the medal for distinguished contribution to American letters from the National Book Foundation.
Fun Fact: He never owned a computer so all 46 of his novels were written on legal pads before he would type them up on a typewriter.
The first book of Elmore’s I have selected to read is Pronto, the first installment in the series behind Justified. I already had it on audiobook and I started listening to it the day he died. It was the inspiration behind this post because so far? It’s fantastic. And I regret waiting so long to read it.
“I think we’re yearning for something beyond the every day. And I will tell you I don’t believe in the supernatural, I believe in the supernormal. To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s only because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.”
Richard Matheson passed away on June 23rd, 2013. He was not only an author but a screenwriter and is most known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. He was also the writer of sixteen episodes from ‘The Twilight Zone. It’s always interesting to find out that popular movies were originally books. I watched Stir of Echoes and I Am Legend and didn’t find out till much later they were based on books written by Richard Matheson.
Fun Fact: Senator Richard Matheson, a character from “The X-Files”, is named after him.
The book of Matheson’s that I have selected to read is Hell House. I love a good ghost story and this one sounds fantastically creepy.
“Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back. If you try to polish every sentence there’s a chance you’ll never get past the first chapter.”
Iain Banks passed away on June 9th, 2013. He wrote 26 books in his lifetime which were both mainstream fiction and science fiction. He is most known for his first novel ‘The Wasp Factory’ which was later listed as one of the top 100 books of the 20th century and also as one of the 1001 books to read before you die list (a total of 5 of his books appear on that list).
Fun facts: Iain has an asteroid named after him. It resides in the Main Asteroid Belt of the Sol system. He was also an extra in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.
The book I’ve decided to read first is ‘The Wasp Factory’ although ‘The Crow Road’ is a definite possibility as well. I’m open to recommendations. 🙂
It’s overdue (better late than never, right?) but I have finally decided to take the plunge and read these great authors works. They leave a legacy behind, a legacy we are all still able to sit down, enjoy and appreciate I have no doubt this is how they would want their lives to be celebrated.
Did you lose a favorite author this year? Are any of these three favorite authors of yours? What books of theirs would you recommend?