Booking Through Thursday: The Favorites Game

Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard of them. The author that you think should be that famous and can’t understand why they’re not…

For all my literary omnivorousness, I do tend to read and really enjoy popular authors. I love Neil Gaiman and Gregory Maguire (when he isn’t being a horrible tease about the plot I actually care about in the Wicked cycle), for instance. I am woefully mainstream in this regard.

I do have a few authors that I love that I’m astounded aren’t more popular or well-known, but they have their own concentrated fan bases or, at least, are popular to some degree. (Again: woefully mainstream! This is part of the reason I’m trying to be more widely read.)

For Kristin Cashore and Diana Peterfreund, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. I feel like it’s fairly early on in their literary careers. Cashore’s Graceling really blew me away, and I’m always recommending it to people who have never heard of it. (It helps that Little Shop of Stories has her books. I have to keep myself back from buying the hardback of Fire, since I have a paperback of Graceling.) Diana Peterfreund’s earlier work, I think, probably distracts from Rampant, which was amazing. I don’t have an opinion on her earlier work (haven’t read it), but it appears to be a far cry from killer unicorns. The fact that both writers write young adult fiction might turn off a few snobs, but I think it’s only a matter of time before they’re more well-known and celebrated.

15 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: The Favorites Game

  1. Haha I love that you’re waiting for the paperback of Fire to match the paperback of Graceling. I would never wait for the same versions, but I definitely get irked when I look at books by the same authors that aren’t all one or the other on my bookshelf. 🙂 I really need to read Neil Gaiman. Love the Wicked series, but I haven’t read A Lion Among Men Yet. How was the one compared to Wicked and Son of A Witch?

    My author pick is at The Crowded Leaf.

    • They have to match, or it’ll bug me! With Neil Gaiman, start with Neverwhere; it’s very good, but his later work is so good that it blows it right out of the water, so you need to give it a chance to prove itself!

      Skip A Lion Among Men. We learn nothing about the little girl from the end of Son of a Witch. The overarching plots are barely advanced. It’s not worth it.

  2. I’ve had Cashore’s Fire on my ARC-alanche pile so long that my library now has it on audiobook. And since they have Graceling, as well, I decided to grab both. I’ve been listening to Graceling, (I so need a hard copy to read along with it, but it’s checked out!), and I have to say Cashore’s is a very good writer. I really like Katsa, and she’s the first new female hero for me in a long time that I find myself caring about in book and away.

    Great picks 🙂

  3. I agree with your choices of Peterfreund* and Cashore, but my top Not-Popular-Enough author is Naomi Novik – her Temeraire series is a bit like Hornblower with dragons (specifically, in that they form an air force during the Napoleonic wars).

    *do check out her Secret Society Girl series if you can, btw – they’re great fun.

  4. Ooops, silly me – I just found your review of the first Temeraire book online – sorry for not checking up on it first.

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