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ale
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Do authors inspire the same kind of brand loyalty as football teams or musicians ?

No matter how poor you know the product will be you still have to buy it.....and the next one after even though its patently obvious it'll be Closing Time rather than Catch-22 or anything by Patrick McCabe that isnt The Butcher Boy ?

Must admit Irvine Welsh is trying my patience at moment especially ahead of stories that the next book is centred around the porn industry and will be reprising characters like Sick Boy....

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Oolon Colluphid LLB
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Cult authors usually inspire brand loyalty. I'll probably buy anything that has Douglas Adams' name on it.

Also, I'll definitely buy Jonathan Coe's next novel, no matter what the reviews will say.

[ 16-07-2002, 13:10: Message edited by: Clayhanger ]

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I think that I've bought everything by Martin Millar, even though only his first was particularly good. Oh, and pretty much everything by Pete Davies.
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Yeah, I've got all Martin Millar's stuff, despite the fact that you pretty much know wht all the characters are like and where the plot's going to go. I've also got just about everything that Iain (M) Banks throws up, and I would say only about half of it is actually worth keeping on my shelves. Jack Vance is another author whose name only has to appear on a spine of a book for me to go out and get it, despite his descent into fantasia-type scenarios in some of his later works.

I've also got every book ever written about Oxford United, but I don't know if you'd count that!

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martin amis.
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James Ellroy;George Macdonald Fraser;John Prebble;
Alan Warner,although I haven't bought The Man Who Walks yet.

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tom wolfe / hunter thompson. the brand effect is particularly noticeable with thompson, since so much of his later stuff is such unmitigated drivel
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Are we allowed dead people?

Flann O'Brien/Myles na Gopaleen. Even the George Knowall stuff, which makes no sense to me at all.

PG Wodehouse.

Evelyn Waugh.

Jane Austen.

Howard Jacobson. OK, I realise he's not dead, and I realise his stuff is largely Anglo-Philip-Roth-Lite, but I still buy it in hardback pretty much the moment it comes out.

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Agatha Christie
Hans Helmut Kirst
Kingsley Amis
Jim Farrell

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Martin Cruz Smith.

Although I haven't gotten around to the latest Arkady Renko book.

Probably because the story arc reached a natural conclusion with Red Square.

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Anything by HP Lovecraft, Jack Vance and James Ellroy.

Peter F Hamilton becoming a contender too. Jay McInerney (spelling?) almost there too.

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Not sure books by dead people count...nobody is surely anticipating/awaiting with mixed feelings the next release by Jane Austen or HP Lovecraft are they ?
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I have to agree with Ale re: Irving Welsh.
I thought that Glue was mediocre at best,
but I will definately buy his new one.

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DG, I think thats the first reference to HH Kirst I've seen. And to think I thought I didn't read any authors obscure enough to be mentioned in OTB. Although its some years now since I read it, I highly recommend the Gunner Asch series, combining as it does elements of Catch-22 with All Quiet on the Western Front (despite the 25 year gap in setting). You always knew what, eventually, would happen to Corporal Vierbein.
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Howard Jacobson walked past me in the street the other day. My, he's a weird-looking fellow, isn't he? Kind of like a Muppet made flesh. Mind you, he was probably thinking the same about me.

Brand loyalty:

George Orwell
Camille Paglia
Michel Houellebecq
Spike Milligan
Greil Marcus
Hunter S Thompson
Simon Reynolds
Bill Bryson (laa laa laa don't care can't hear you)

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