Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
People do seem to ask this question, but almost everyone I know has no trouble landing on their next read. If you’re at all tuned in to books, odds are you have a TBR stack up to your waist. One of the advantages of the fabled independent bookstore is that vast knowledge of the well-read staff, but I don’t remember ever asking a bookstore employee, “Say, what should I read next?” Why should a total stranger have an inkling of the kind of ink I’d appreciate?
Never fear, though. There is a convenient service that will assist. It’s called The Book Seer, and all you have to do is type in the book you’ve just finished and he (The Book Seer is apparently a be-bearded Victorian man) will make some recommendations. For instance, I just typed in V, by Thomas Pynchon. The Book Seer thinks I should move on to everything else written by Pynchon, plus a book about Gravity’s Rainbow. For 50 Shades of Grey, TBS says I should keep dabbling in similar indulgent soft-porn, plus The Hunger Games Trilogy.
Hmmm. Maybe this thing is more of a party game than a useful tool. It purports to use Amazon.com’s algorithm to come up with its suggestions. We know how incoherent those results can be.
By the way, when I typed in both Yesterday Road and Parts Unknown by Kevin Brennan, what did the bearded one come back with?
“Nothing… (Well, no books anyway).”