25 January 2008

BTT for 1/24

A hard question!
What’s your favorite book that nobody else has heard of? You know, not Little Women or Huckleberry Finn, not the latest best-seller . . . whether they’ve read them or not, everybody “knows” those books. I’m talking about the best book that, when you tell people that you love it, they go, “Huh? Never heard of it?”

I've really been thinking about this one since yesterday. I have kind of two circles: my friends around here aren't really readers, though BF has a goal of reading a non-fic and a fiction book each month (if successful, this will probably be 18 more books than he read last year, not counting graphic novels).

an aside: he schooled me on Fellowship of the Ring last week (he read this one but not the following two). we were out and saw a tee shirt with the line "not all who wander are lost" and he said it was from Fellowship, that Gandalf tells it to Frodo. I swore up and down that it wasn't in any of the books. So i am listening to the book in the car and suddenly there the line is! It was from Gandalf to Frodo, in a longer bit of poetry in a letter.

Anyway. the Question! So my local friends aren't readers, so pretty much anything i suggest, unless a movie has recently come out, is going to be new to them. When speaking to acquaintances, random people at bars or parties or work, i've tended to stop mentioning the reading thing so that I won't be recommended the latest Crichton, Patterson or Koontz. I will suggest to people non-fiction things on topics as I've read plenty of that, particularly on the big topics like politics and environment and science.

For online stuff i think i am still getting too many suggestions from other people to make much influence on anybody else.

However, I'll give it a go. Everybody reads some Stephen King. Everybody has heard of Carrie, The Shining, Christine, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile. And a couple dozen other ones. But whenever i mention that The Eyes of the Dragon is one of my favorites by King no one knows about it. It is High Fantasy. A wonderful companion piece to the Dark Tower series.

2 comments:

  1. This is definitely an interesting question. On a sci-fi note I would have to say Larry Niven's lesser known book A World Out of Time is a favorite I have had since my youth. I recently saddled friends with copies of it for Christmas in the hopes of talking about it with others.

    On a nonfiction note (although it has some fictional elements) the book Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel is a must read in my opinion for people who have a love of history and space. At least I found it so.

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  2. I'm not a S. King fan, but I actually own the first book in this series. Maybe I will give this one you mention a shot. I can do fantasy much better than horror.

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