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Booking Through Thursday

Written by Kirsten on January 21st, 2010

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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…

Today’s question is a good one – it sent me to my LibraryThing catalog in search of a book I rated highly, by an author I haven’t heard, read, or seen much about in all of the places I do bookish things.

I picked up a remaindered copy of D. M. Cornish’s Foundling on a whim, and found the book to be far more intricate, richly illustrated – both in word and artwork – and thorough than I had anticipated. I happily purchased the second book, in hardcover no less (but with a coupon, of course), shortly after finishing the first in this series, called Monster Blood Tattoo. While both Foundling and its sequel, Lamplighter, are considerable in length and complexity of language, I found them to move swiftly and with  great momentum. I’m looking forward to the third installment, and have only found one other reader in my on-line and real world travels who has read these books, as well.

My reviews for both books can be found on my reading challenge post for 2009.

What author do you think deserves more attention than he or she receives from mainstream booksellers, reviewers, and publishers?


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Alayne says:

    Sounds very interesting, love the cover. My pick is at The Crowded Leaf.
    .-= Alayne´s last blog ..BTT: Favorite Unknown =-.

  2. Kirsten says:

    Alayne, the artwork is pretty incredible; I wish the plates inside were color, but many of them are utilized in the cover collection of images.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I have not read anything by Cornish, this I can remedy.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday, 21 January =-.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Jennifer, I hope you’ll let me know what you think when you do :)

    I’ve not read any Wodehouse; care to recommend a specific title?

  5. Mimi says:

    I love the Monster Blood Tattoo series — the world-building is so fantastic!
    .-= Mimi´s last blog ..Queer Feelings, Gender Presentations =-.

  6. Kirsten says:

    Mimi, I couldn’t agree more. I love how he incorporated new language; made it very accessible without “dumbing down” the writing.

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