Like many of you, I’m a voracious reader. Many times, I’ll read a book and think I’d like to read something else by the author. With sites like Amazon or the author’s own presence on the web, it’s fairly easy to locate other books by an author I find I like. But what if I want to read something with a similar theme or plot by the same or other authors?
Then I go to the What Should I Read Next? website.
At What Should I Read Next? you can enter a book title and author name and “the site will analyse our database of real readers’
favourite books (over 47,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next.”
I decided to give it a try, first as an unregistered user, to see what it would recommend if I entered “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koontz. Here are the resulting recommendations:
Tick-Tock – Dean R. Koontz
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, Book One – Anderson, Dean, Kevin J. Koontz
City of Night – Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman, Kevin J. Anderson
The Bad Place – Dean R. Koontz
Countdown – Iris Johansen
Castle Waiting: The Lucky Road – Linda Medley
Infernal: A Repairman Jack Novel – F. Paul Wilson
The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon – Tim LaHaye
The Double Agents: A Men at War Novel – W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Dragon’s Bait – Vivian Vande Velde
Books I have read on this list are bolded.
Then, since the site advised me, “To get more accurate suggestions, add more books you’ve loved to your list – to do this you’ll need to register. You’ll also be building our database and improving everyone’s suggestions.” I registered and received this additional list of recommendations:
Demon Seed – Dean R. Koontz
Prodigal Son – Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman, Kevin J. Anderson
The Face of Deception – Iris Johansen
Nightworld – F. Paul Wilson
The Wine of Angels – Phil Rickman
Mr Monk Goes to the Firehouse – Lee Goldberg
Guilt – John T. Lescroart
The Mercy Rule – John T. Lescroart
The Stone Monkey – Jeffery Deaver
The Saboteurs – W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
Books I have read on this list are also bolded.
The recommended books by Koontz were similar in theme, but a lot of his books follow that similar vein. The books by other authors that I have read were also of a similar nature, so I would have a fair amount of faith in the output and I imagine the output would only become more valid as more registered user join and participate.
If you’re ever wondering what should be next on your reading list, What Should I Read Next? is a good place to find the answer.
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