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Can you name the authors with the most #1 N.Y. Times fiction bestsellers?
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Dec 25th, 2008 at 04:32 GMT
The last name of the 2nd to last author is misspelled.
Dec 25th, 2008 at 04:39 GMT
Well, I got four. Go me. Serves me right for never, ever reading.
Dec 25th, 2008 at 04:45 GMT
I wonder how many of these authors will still be read 200 years from now.
Dec 25th, 2008 at 04:52 GMT
Thanks for another fun one, Sporcle!
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Dec 25th, 2008 at 05:27 GMT
I think J.K. Rowling should be acceptable for Anne Rice.
Dec 25th, 2008 at 05:37 GMT
It's StePHen King, not SteVen King.
Dec 25th, 2008 at 12:41 GMT
would have been helpful to have specified a time period. had no idea how far back we were going.
Dec 25th, 2008 at 16:52 GMT
"Steven King" should be spelled "Stephen King" or at least accept both spellings.
Dec 26th, 2008 at 05:02 GMT
Not J. K. Rowling?? Or is that Children's Fiction?
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Dec 27th, 2008 at 01:23 GMT
The description of this game says these authors can be found on books. This may be true, but is it what the puzzle-writer intended, or did he or she mean the names of these authors can be found on books? For a quiz of this sort, I'd think specific language is most appropriate.
Dec 27th, 2008 at 23:42 GMT
I read a lot (and I mean a LOT) and I only got 4, i knew the type of author i was looking for but couldn't think of their names coz i never read them. Could see the covers of the books in my head though... can we have a UK times version??? Might get a few more.
Dec 28th, 2008 at 20:35 GMT
Clair: I got 5, even though I guess I don't read as much as you :) I've only read two authors on the list, le Carré (Only the one book though) and du Maurier (several books, but didn't consider her as an answer!)
Feb 16th, 2009 at 16:58 GMT
I only got eight, but considering the caliber of some of the authors on the list (Nicholas Sparks? Ugh.) I'm not feeling too bad. VERY surprised Rowling's not on the list, is there a separate list for Young Adult lit? And before I get flamed for being a snob, I got Nora Roberts because her books are a total guilty pleasure of mine.
Jun 10th, 2009 at 00:44 GMT
12/21 and I dont think, other than #1, Ive ever read anything by any of them.
Jun 18th, 2009 at 19:53 GMT
Quantity and quality. Not same.
Jan 10th, 2010 at 22:58 GMT
That's one sad, sad list.
Mar 27th, 2010 at 21:14 GMT
I only got 9; perhaps I shouldn't say "only" since I haven't read any of the authors except for King and du Maurier (I actually didn't guess du Maurier; I never would have thought of her). The woman I used to work as a nanny for had various books by Sparks, Roberts, Steel, and some of the authors on the list, otherwise I probably wouldn't have known them. I'm also very surprised by Rowling's absence.
Aug 5th, 2010 at 19:43 GMT
@estivator: A time period is specified. 1942 to 12/25/08.
Oct 7th, 2010 at 23:41 GMT
The NYTimes broke up its list to specifically keep Rowling from monopolizing the top 10. =P
Jul 20th, 2011 at 16:17 GMT
An alarming number of chick lit authors. And the rest seem to be detective novels and three horrors. And the %&¤/ing religious fiction duo... I have to agree with JimKatz: quantity and quality just are not the same thing, but must they be so mutually exclusive?
Jan 16th, 2012 at 23:06 GMT
surprised not to see rowling or ken follett on here...
Oct 2nd, 2012 at 06:22 GMT
I must disagree with this list.
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