I love reading, I've almost got a library going in my house LOL
any who some of my Favourite Authors:
Michael Crichton: I love how he mixes science and fiction together. Though some bits, when he goes on to explain all the scientific stuff can get a bit boring, he sure makes it up once you get to the action. My favourites are Jurassic Park and Time line.
Stephen King: But only really for the Dark Tower series. I wasn't hooked on the first book though, it wasn't until the second did he get me really interested. I haven't read any other books of his, to be honest, they don't seem to interest me.
J.R.R Tolkien: This guy was a genius for creating the world of Middle Earth, I've never been so interesting in reading and books before this one came out.
Matthew Reilly: Love his books so far, I've only read to, but if your into action you'll love it!. His books are usually based only in a specific area, but it makes for interesting readings, he must research for ages about the military, different areas ( the current one I'm reading is about Antartica). It's proof that if you know your stuff, you can create an excellent fiction novel, based on real places or things.
I've got so many others (like John Marsden) but I'll be sitting here forever writing about them LOL