I have read many authors - once. I have also read many authors a few times before I decided I was done. Here are some of both:
John Grisham - Way back when, I read The Firm. I absolutely loved it - until the last 30 pages. I figured that anybody who could write such a good story, and then screw up the ending, was not for me. I said never again. I actually caved a bit and, much later, read 2 of his novellas. I enjoyed them. But I have never read any other of his legal mysteries. That puts me in the bottom .00000001% of novel-reading Americans. So be it.
Steven Frey - Shadow Account. It was so-so and not worth a 2nd read.
Tim Green (ex NFL-er) - Exact Revenge. See Frey, Steven.
Randy Wayne White - Doc Ford series. I read, I think, 3 of them. Then I was done.
Alexander McCall Smith - 1st Ladies Detective Agency. I actually read about 7 of them before I was done. They're about, not surprisingly, a woman's detective agency, in Botswana. All of them were of equal quality. I have no complaints. I was just tired of reading them.
David McCullough - 1776. I love history. In fact, I was a history major in college (that did me a lot of good!). Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. What I discovered in reading 1776 is that I don't actually like reading real history. I guess I was done with it after college. When I was reading this, I thought that I was being punished for some undisclosed transgression (a plausible theory).
Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files. This is a very popular series about a wizard in Chicago. It's got fantasy elements to go along with real-life Chicago. In fact, they made a TV series about it on the sci-fi channel. I ready, probably, 4 of these. They're well written and very creative. I guess my problem was that I have a truncated attention span. To paraphrase Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny: "I'm done with this guy, too".
Martina Cole - Maura's Game. This is about a British mob family written by a Brit. It was decent, but I like my books to have the American president's speech rather than the king's speech. I don't want my s's and z's to be mixed up. Actually, I have nothing against it. I just didn't like it well enough to read a 2nd one.
John Connelly - Josh, Lauren, and I read a fantasy novel of his called The Book of Lost Things. We all 3 enjoyed it a lot. In fact, Lauren, Joni, and I went to see him and liked him. Then I read one of his mysteries, Every Dead Thing, and didn't like it at all. Bye-bye, John.
Gregory McGuire - Wicked. He's written several books that are take-offs on the Wizard of Oz. I didn't much like it at all. I, of course, loved the musical Wicked (who didn't?) but thought the book was boring and strange.
Arturo Perez-Reverte - The Club Dumas. I know he's a pretty popular international author. The book was a little bit too intellectual for me (some might say that Winnie the Pooh is a little too intellectual for me). I wouldn't not recommend it (double negative Gail, Jen, Roseann? - so sue me). I think there are definitely people who would like his writing style. I just happen not to be one of them.
Steven Pressfield - Gates of Fire. His books are all chapters of pseudo-historical events from a long time ago - millenia even. This one was an episode about the war between Sparta and the Persians. They made a movie about it called 300, in which 300 Spartans held of 20,000 Persians - give or take thousands. The book is interesting and well-written. It's just a little too much work for me. I know that Steve F. is a big fan. I can see why he, and others, would be.
Alan Bradley - The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This takes place in England. The protagonist/detective is an 11-year old girl. It's cute. I was not sorry to read one - and only one.
Cara Black - Murder in the Marais. The private detective in this series (she's written 11) is half-French, half-American. All of the stories take place in Paris. Joni and I went to the Los Gatos Public Library to see her. In fact, we got to talk to her for about 10 minutes before the formal presentation - just the 3 of us. It was very cool. Unfortunately, the book was just fair. Sorry, Cara. I liked you, but not that much.
Coming author events: Abraham Verghese, of Cutting for Stone fame, is coming to Dominican College this Wednesday, the 27th, at 7:00. Joni and I are going with Phil and Donna, and, maybe, Rich and Leslie. I will report to you about the event in my next blog.