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Waterstone's has recently published a list of 30 books that, in their opinion, deserve more attention and to be, in their words, "rediscovered." Here's a link, but I'm just going to go ahead and copy the list here. I don't know the criteria; it could simply be what Waterstone's has too much of in stock.

Revenge Of The Lawn by Richard Brautigan
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
Death and The Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry by BS Johnson
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Dry Bones by Richard Beard
Mirror Lake by Thomas Christopher Greene
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
Journey By Moonlight by Antal Szerb
Too Loud A Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
Trip To The Stars by Nicholas Christopher
Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Woman On The Edge Of Time by Marge Piercy
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
The Pursuit Of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman
Drama City by George Pelecanos
Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll
The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Ridley Walker by Russell Hoban
Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
Double by José Saramago
Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum
Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

I've read 2 of them (Slaughterhouse 5 and Drama City) and am currently reading a third (Perdido Street Station). Empire Falls has been on my to-read list for awhile now.

Thoughts on any of these?



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Apr. 25th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
I love The Dark Is Rising sequence, although I haven't read it for a while (not sure where my copies are). It's a lovely fantasy setting, mixing folk tales and Aurthurian legend. I'd have to say its around the young adult level or thereabouts, but still engaging as an adult.
Apr. 25th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Neat. More for the to-read pile (if it ever falls on me, I'll be a splat). ;)
Apr. 25th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Fortunately these books are fairly light. ~_^
Apr. 25th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Me too! One of my favorite series! Sooooo good!
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Apr. 25th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Well, that's good to know.

*sigh* Like I needed more to read . . . ;)
Apr. 26th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
I hope that Woman on the Edge of Time is better than Gone to Soldiers, which is nigh onto unreadable. I may be prejudiced by the fact that I read it for the worst class I've ever taken, but I was near fatally underwhelmed by the writing.
Apr. 25th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'll add my recommendations to the Dark is Rising pile. I loved it when I was an adolescent.

Also, I would like to throw in a nod to Ella Minnow Pea. I really enjoyed it. It is part cautionary tale, part experimental novel. The entire story is told in letters (as in the things that you send from person to person in envelopes, in emails, etc.) and an event happens in the story which causes the usable letters (i.e. the alphabet) to decrease as the narrative proceeds. It is a pretty quick read but an enjoyable one.
Apr. 25th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
I've read:
The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I'll have to look because I read abook call Daughter Of The Forest, but i don't think it was by Juliet Marillier... Hmm.

Apr. 25th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
I haven't read that particular Brautigan book, but I love his poetry and his prose, while weird, is still engaging. My favorite of his stuff is probably the poetry collection The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster. I think I have a poem from it in my sidebar, and I have several icons with excerpts from his poetry (like this one), mostly because I often use it for mix CD titles.
Apr. 26th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
Didn't Empire Falls win the Pulitzer Prize? I think they have an interesting definition of what needs to be "discovered." I think all those books have done pretty well for themselves.
Apr. 26th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not really sure about the criteria, and you're right, Empire Falls did win the Pulitzer.

Curious: What have you read off the list?
Apr. 26th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
I've read Slaughterhouse 5, Ella Minnow Pea (which is a real quick, fun book), Mists of Avalon, and some of the Dark is Rising books. I would have read the whole Dark is Rising series but, when I was a kid, the library only had a couple of them. I loved the ones I read. Thrilling fantasy stuff.

In addition to that, the Wooden Sea is currently sitting a few feet away from me, and is nearing the top of my To Read pile.
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