I enjoyed last week's hop so I figured I would give it a go this week as well.
This Friday's Book Blogger Hop question is who are some of your favorite authors and why? I have 3 favorite authors, at the moment anyway.
Bill Bryson: A friend of mine (the same one that recommended Kitchen Confidential and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) lent me Bryson's book Made in America: A Brief History of the English Language in the United States and I have been hooked since. I'm pretty sure he could write about paint drying and it would be funny. He mostly writes travel books but he has a few language books, a memoir and even a science book. I constantly re-read his work. It's my go to book when I'm in the mood to laugh.
Jasper Fforde: Another author I was introduced to do via a lent book. It's my favorite way to learn about new works. Anyway, his works are generally a mix of satire, dark humor, fantasy, lots of literary allusions and overall hilarious. One of the first books I re-read for this blog is The Eyre Affair the first book in the Thursday Next series, which I'm pretty sure I've read at least 5 times. I anxiously await his latest work Shades of Grey to come out in paperback.
Christopher Moore: This is a relatively new favorite author, for me anyway. A co-worker had been bugging me to read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal for months before I finally got around to it and I don't know what I was waiting for. I loved that book. I've since read 6 of his other works and have had to hold myself back from buying more each time I go to the bookstore. I'm taking a little break to read someone else's work, at least for a little while. I wrote a couple entries about his book Coyote Blue for this blog.
One other thing I love about these authors is they all reference Shakespeare and I love Shakespeare. Bryson wrote a biography on him, Shakespeare: The World as Stage. Fforde references Shakespeare in at least some small way in all of his books I've read so far and Hamlet is even a character in Something Rotten (see, there's one of those references). And Moore retells the story of King Lear from the point of view of the Fool in his book Fool. Fool is a close second to Lamb as my favorite Moore book.
If you are looking for a book, I recommend anything by the author's above. I'm yet to be let down.