I enjoy Hemingway, but I don’t think of him as “a great writer”. On the other hand, I don’t like Dickens and I loath Nabokov (I think that Lolita was written as a way to punish pedophiles).
So who do I think is a great writer: William Gibson. I’ve read Neuromancer at least five times and every other book Gibson has written (OK, I didn’t like The Difference Engine, but I blame Bruce Sterling).
I have a weakness for ideas, not just style. In memory of Umberto Eco’s sad passing, I’ll note that I loved Foucault’s Pendulum and the Name of the Rose.
There are many good writers. I find it difficult to label any writer “great” above the others. I love Lauren Beukes (Shining Girls). There is also Cara Hoffman and her fantastic book Be Safe, I Love you.
Sometimes I like some books by a writer and not others. Don Winslow has written two fantastic books, The Power of the Dog and The Cartel. I don’t like Winslow’s other work.
So many books, so little time…
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