So… wanna find more authors you might like?
Hat tip to Helen for alerting me to yet another profoundly interesting, yet time-consuming/addictive website.
Check out www.literature-map.com.
Come to think of it, it’s sort of a literary version of Pandora, which I discovered earlier this week.
You enter the name of an author you enjoy, and it will generate a cloud with other authors’ names surrounding your original author’s. The idea is that the closer a name is to another author, the more you’ll likely enjoy works by that person, too.
I’ve been somewhat startled, seeing names of authors that I’ve enjoyed, but some 10+ years past, in the same cloud as a current fave.
It’s not foolproof: I entered CS Lewis, and Frank Perretti (UGH!) was the closest. Huh??? Is it just because they’re both Christian? Lewis and Perretti have *so* little in common.
Here’s one for George Macdonald: http://www.literature-map.com/george+macdonald.html Of the names in his cloud, I’ve also read Ursula K. Le Guin, Tozer (as in “A.W.”), C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rudyard Kipling, Brian Jacques, Annie Dillard, plus started books a few others on the list, or read shorter works, like essays. But, Al Franken????? What’s he doing on there? Hmm… Melissa likes Francine Rivers a lot, and I’ve been meaning to sample something from her. Now that she’s in the same cloud as Macdonald, maybe I’ll have to bump her higher on the list!! ;) There are a number in the cloud of whom I’ve never heard. Richmal Crompton? I’ll have to find out who he is. OH! Just looked on Amazon. Richmal is a woman. And she’s a children’s author. Hm…