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Dinnin
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  06:00:53  Show Profile Send Dinnin a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Poll Question:
Just wondering who everyone thinks is the best forgotten realms author?

Choices:

R. A. Salvatore
Ed Greenwood
Richard Lee Byers
Elaine Cunningham
Paul S. Kemp
Lisa Smedman
Thomas M. Reid
Richard Baker

(Anonymous Vote)

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Brimstone
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  06:08:59  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
First vote goes to Ed Greenwood.

With Honorable Mentions to Paul S. Kemp, Elaine Cunningham, That Erik guy, Richard Baker, and Erin M. Evans(God Catcher rocked!).

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The Sage
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I can't pick just one. Thus my vote equally goes to Ed Greenwood, Elaine Cunningham, Steven Schend, Erik Scott de Bie, Thomas Reid and Jeff Grubb.

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Sill Alias
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  06:17:43  Show Profile  Visit Sill Alias's Homepage Send Sill Alias a Private Message  Reply with Quote
1-st vote for Elaine Cunningham.

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Victor_ograygor
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  06:48:18  Show Profile  Visit Victor_ograygor's Homepage Send Victor_ograygor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My first vote goes to Erik Scott de Bie ??? okay my second vote goes to Richard Lee Byers :O)

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Quale
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  11:13:36  Show Profile Send Quale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul Kemp

not in the poll, my favorite authors are Grubb & Novak, then Lowder, some of early Salvatore and one of the authors from the mongol trilogy, don't remember


Edited by - Quale on 20 Apr 2010 13:25:02
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  11:44:55  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had to vote for Elaine. But it would have been a toss-up if Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb had been on the list.

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  13:52:08  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Missing a LOT of names on that list:

Troy Denning, Jeff & Kate, Jaleigh Johnson, Rosemary Jones, James Lowder, Douglas Niles, Mel Odom, Steven Schend, Brian Thomson...

In the future, I'd recommend NOT including a poll question on a thread like this, just to be fair to those of us that have a favorite author that you may not have heard of.

As for my favorite, it's a tie among Elaine, RAS, Ed, Steven, Jeff & Kate and Brian Thomson*.



*I think Wooly cries a little bit everytime I rank Once Around the Realsm as one of the best books of the Realms.

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sfdragon
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  14:12:29  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
where is the all of the above choicE?

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Alisttair
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Well this was tough. Ed is the best on Realms knowledge, source material, etc... but I can't count him as the best for the novels IMO. All the other authors are fantabulastic, so I just used numbers as a tie breaker and went with Salvatore (no I'm not a "fanboy") since his sales are the highest.

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skychrome
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  16:15:29  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Leaves me with mixed feelings answering this question.

Even though I do not have to think long to give my vote to Paul S. Kemp, there are so many other authors I really really enjoy, just to mention a few such as Elaine, Byers, Lowder, Grubb and others.

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GRYPHON
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  20:11:13  Show Profile  Visit GRYPHON's Homepage Send GRYPHON a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Elaine Cunningham...
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Jorkens
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  22:18:55  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ed Greenwood.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  00:37:19  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart


*I think Wooly cries a little bit everytime I rank Once Around the Realsm as one of the best books of the Realms.



I've not read the book in like 10 years or more, and I don't recall any particular feelings about it.

I will say, though, that there have been some very popular books/series that I didn't like -- including one that I wanted to throw across the room, because the ending made me that angry. I shan't say any more on that topic, but it's seeing references to those books and their writer(s) as the best that make me cry a little.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I will say, though, that there have been some very popular books/series that I didn't like -- including one that I wanted to throw across the room, because the ending made me that angry. I shan't say any more on that topic, but it's seeing references to those books and their writer(s) as the best that make me cry a little.
Indeed.

It's especially disturbing when these particular sources become discussion topics at the gaming table. It's one of the few times when I avoid any kind of direct input for fear of rattling a few cages.

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Dennis
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I voted for Richard Lee Byers. I love his Dissolution and the Haunted Lands. In terms of the number of books I have read, Ed tops the list (at least for FR). So he's my second. Third is Troy Denning, then Elaine Cunningham...

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Patrakis
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  02:41:59  Show Profile Send Patrakis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My best Realms writer is Salvatore. ANd my favorite series are the trilogy (the Ten towns trilogy) and the cleric quintet.

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skychrome
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  03:40:31  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dennis

I voted for Richard Lee Byers. I love his Dissolution and the Haunted Lands. In terms of the number of books I have read, Ed tops the list (at least for FR). So he's my second. Third is Troy Denning, then Elaine Cunningham...


If you like Byers and haven't read The Black Bouquet yet, then I can strongly recommend it!

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Halidan
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  16:22:42  Show Profile  Visit Halidan's Homepage Send Halidan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While Ed Greenwood is probably my favorite author, too many other good authors missed the poll - including the man who originally got me reading Realms fiction, Jim Ward. The original Pools trilogy was great.

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swifty
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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  17:06:04  Show Profile  Visit swifty's Homepage Send swifty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
i voted for thomas reid simply for the fact that he wrote scions of arrabar and wrote the best wotsq novel.after that id go with either rich baker or ras.im sorry but ed greenwood would be bottom of my list.

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Blueblade
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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  17:14:52  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Different strokes, different strokes, swifty; he's at the top of mine. :}
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Dennis
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quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

quote:
Originally posted by dennis

I voted for Richard Lee Byers. I love his Dissolution and the Haunted Lands. In terms of the number of books I have read, Ed tops the list (at least for FR). So he's my second. Third is Troy Denning, then Elaine Cunningham...


If you like Byers and haven't read The Black Bouquet yet, then I can strongly recommend it!



Thanks, I will read it.

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froglegg
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Posted - 24 Apr 2010 :  18:00:11  Show Profile Send froglegg a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for Mr. Greenwood because with out him the Realms would not be here. As for second place just look at my sig.

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Marquant Volker
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Posted - 26 Apr 2010 :  10:47:10  Show Profile Send Marquant Volker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can i have 2 votes? :-P
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Archimedes of Syracuse
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Posted - 26 Apr 2010 :  12:24:00  Show Profile  Visit Archimedes of Syracuse's Homepage Send Archimedes of Syracuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had to vote for lisa smedman, she does a wonderful job of making you feel close to the character. like he or she was one of your close friends. its very refreshing to come home from work sit down open up a book and feel like you checking in on a friend. seeing how they grow and the choices that they make etc. she also has a way of making every detail vivid to you like your in the book, and she does this without bogging down her pages with sentence after sentence of detail. she keeps it simple yet not so at the same time(hard to describe). anyways my vote is for her because house of serpents is by far the best FR series iv read. arvin is to this day my favorite FR character. and Zelia was such an amazingly written villian
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Archimedes of Syracuse
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Posted - 26 Apr 2010 :  12:25:44  Show Profile  Visit Archimedes of Syracuse's Homepage Send Archimedes of Syracuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry for the double post. but i just saw that richard baker has zero votes!!!!!!!!! has anyone read the last mythal? great series.
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