There are few things I love more than getting lost in a story. The right author can make you feel like you know the characters from page one and keep you empathizing until the final paragraph. Being able to slip into another world is a fantastic journey, and the following authors are the ones that I enjoy traveling with the most.
1. Jane Austen
OK, before all the men go off and find something else to read, just hold up. Austen is probably one of the most cheerfully sardonic authors out there. Yes, she dresses it up with empire waists and flowing ribbons, but remember: she wrote contemporary fiction. This was life at the time she wrote about it.
Austen wrote about such grandeur ironically. She found humor in the pomp and circumstance of her day, the societal norms, and regal etiquette. As she wrote in Pride and Prejudice, “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours and laugh at them in our turn?”
Reading (and re-reading) her books give me a wry pleasure as I feel my outlook is not the first time someone surveyed her surroundings and found them utterly ridiculous.
2. Edgar Allan Poe
From one side of the pond to the other, Poe and Austen are not that different. Poe was far more tortured an artist, and that obviously reflects in the grim and ghastly theme in his works. But they both told of life and love as they viewed it. And they both did so with complete style and wit.
I think what draws me to Poe’s work is his rhythm. For that reason, I prefer his poetry to his prose. He had such a command of the English language, he wrote words in brush strokes. Each syllable in the meter brought forth more depth and honesty in the pensive print. Everyone should appreciate a flow like Poe’s.
3. Christopher Moore
Let’s get a little more contemporary. Christopher Moore is a supernatural humorist. He writes fantastic books that play on the modern love of all things spooky, but does so with an effortless facetiousness. Can you see a theme? I enjoy people that can play with the status quo and push people to see beyond the standard.
If you’ve not heard of Moore, and want to check him out, start with Practical Demonkeeping. If you’re not too faint of heart, or weak of religious satire, I strongly recommend Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.
Moore is a geek in his own right, as most authors must be, but he has studied Christianity, French artwork, and even Shakespearean literature in his efforts to tell the stories inside his mind.
Time to share, dear readers. What authors keep you coming back for more?