I love to read fiction. I'm almost always reading a book. When I decided to tackle writing a novel (my first) in one of my favorite genres, I re-read some of my favorite books to see what it was that grabbed me about them. Reading these books again inspired me when writing - I used them as references as to how certain things were handled such as dialogue, looks, action and back story. So I just started reading a new novel, and while the author seems to be quite prolific (they list at least 20 "other books by..."), I find that I don't like the way he handles dialogue and description of character behaviors. Now I don't want to read it because I feel like it will negatively influence my writing somehow. Is that ridiculous?