There's always buzz writers with a huge following, that you just couldn't imagine someone saying they've never read their books. For example, Stephen King or Agatha Christie. Of course some we just never get around to, or their genre doesn't suit us. I'm not crash hot on romance novels, so I'm sure there's a favourite author out there that I haven't touched.
I'm not sure why I never got around to Terry Pratchett. Friends kept suggesting him, and I do enjoy fantasy novels, but the blurbs put me off. Now I know why. It would be incredibly difficult to explain a Pratchett novel in a paragraph. I know, elevator speech and all that, but really, his worlds are so complex and his characters so diverse, I don't think I could sum it up in a sentence, other than to say, Monty Python of Fantasy.
Emily, my 13yr old daughter, is loving the Pratchett stories as well. So much, that we will both be attending a talk by Sir Pratchett and Garth Nix at the Sydney Opera House in a few weeks. I can't wait to share that experience with you.
Now, off to purchase the next Discworld book. Are there any ridiculously famous writers you've only just discovered, or is there one you've been meaning to get around to, but just haven't yet?