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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?



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.


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