The world's 10 top-earning authors

There's a new writer atop the list of this year's top-selling authors. Are you reading books by these writers?

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Aug 29, 2013 8:37PM
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"Fifty Shades" reads like it was written by a less-than-gifted fifteen year old. Are readers REALLY that ignorant??
Sep 4, 2013 5:36AM
Aug 29, 2013 8:24PM
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I know I'm being "nit-picky" here, but didn't Robert Langdon appear in Angels and Demons too? That would make "Inferno" Dan Brown's fourth book with Langdon in it. Either way I love Brown's work.
Aug 30, 2013 7:33AM
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The author neglected to mention that Nora Roberts is also JD Robb, who writes a thriller series about a female police detective, so she is hardly confined to bodice rippers.
Sep 4, 2013 2:07PM
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As a non-judgmental person, I tried to read 50 shades and give it chance even though I'm not exactly part of the "target audience," but it was too amateurish, boring and full of cliches for me to get beyond the 3rd chapter. It's really just poorly written erotica. Which bothers me because there is much better written erotica more deserving of this book's success. Twilight was just as horribly written and the plot was idiotic.

I also tried reading The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter stuff, but while decently well written for kid's books, they were still kid's books and didn't hold my interest.

The above is nothing but my opinion, and I have a right to voice it. Just as the folks who enjoy these books have a right to enjoy them. They don't need me preaching to them to read "something worthwhile..." Whatever that is. Besides, we all have our escapism. Mine happen to be Lovecraft, Howard, Wellman and etc. Some find that sort stuff boring and poorly written.

Bottom line, don't judge. Live your life instead.
Aug 29, 2013 11:17PM
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I like David Baldacci myself! He rocks!
Aug 30, 2013 8:36AM
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Where's George R. R. Martin in this list? Don't tell me he hasn't earned plenty for the Game of Thrones franchise.
Sep 4, 2013 9:52AM
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I guess 
" The world's 10 top-earning authors," doesn't mean what I think it means.
Aug 30, 2013 12:29PM
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Inferno is in fact the 4th book in the serious.  Some simple research people.  Geez.
Sep 8, 2013 11:17AM
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The bottom line is that most people love tra****ells.  That's why those so-called reality shows like The Real Housewives franchise, Bad Girls, Love & Hop, etc. are doing so well.  Thus, trashy books, even those that are not well written, are the ones that are now taking the public by storm.  However, it also seems that the young adult genre and anything targeting young adults but can also appeal to adults is what's taking over when it comes to movies.  I have to admit I collected a few of the Marvel comics (or should I use the current term "graphic novels") when I was younger so I now anticipate how they will treat the current roster of movie characters and what new characters they will bring to the big screen.

 

Out of all the authors they listed here, I only like James Patterson, Dan Brown, and Stephen King.  What happened to Dean Koontz, George R. R. Martin and John Grisham?

Sep 4, 2013 9:36AM
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The most interesting thing about 50 Shades of Grey is its not even a true depiction of the D/s or M/s lifestyle. Sure its erotic and makes for interesting reading but its a far shot from reality. There are hundreds of books out there with a much more knowledgeable explanation.
Oct 8, 2013 8:25AM
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James Patterson is my favorite, I love his work.
Aug 30, 2013 7:09AM
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I personally think that The Crystal Labyrinth, Spacesteader One and Son of Man by Michael Trotta are the best sci-fi books ever!
Aug 29, 2013 11:54PM
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Heck, Wayne Stewart's Driven Lust beats Fifty Shades by miles and it's free!

 

I guess luck has everything to do with it.

Oct 8, 2013 12:51PM
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There is NOTHING original in the Patterson books or the Nora Roberts books.  People just like to read them - period.   The Danielle Steel books are the like that as well - the same story told over and over, just changing the characters names, their occupations and the setting of the story.  All very predictable.  Patterson's books are fun to read because of their pace  and great dialog - not because the ending is hard to predict. 

Sep 4, 2013 9:36AM
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Some self-published books are actually better then much sold.
Read:  The Witches of Castle Crabapple
Aug 30, 2013 7:40AM
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Michael Trotta is without doubt the best new author to come along in years. Check out Spacesteader One, Son of Man and The Crystal Labyrinth.

Sep 12, 2013 6:39PM
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For all of you that are negative when it comes the 50 Shades books, please remember this...  ITS A FANTASY!  Lighten up!  Yes, I've read them...I've also read Tolstoy.  It is what it is. 
Sep 16, 2013 9:27AM
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People have more Holy Bibles on their shelves any other book.l

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