For the Wednesday Meme, the folks at BBAW have thought of this wonderful little idea.....unearthing an unexpected literary gem.
The premise is this....
We invite you to share with us a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger. What made you cave in to try something new and what was the experience like?
And so I shall!
You see I suffer from Alanna-syndrome. It's a condition where every fantasy novel starring a teen protagonist that is read after Tamora Pierce's The Song of the Lioness series is disregarded as 'crap'. I was self-diagnosed with this condition at age 12 having read a few teen-orientated fantasy novels. They didn't live up to Alanna (perched resplendidly on the PSnark pedestal) and I promptly dismissed an entire genre based on some badly written, poorly characterised titles with a fondness for consonant heavy monikers. That was until late last year when I discovered Angieville.
I knew about Angie, you would have to be completely daft in the YA bloggerdom to not recognise her name. But it wasn't until late 2009 that I really became truly acquainted with her wonderfully constructed and reasoned reviews (I now profess my undying love and admiration for her moxie ... and healthy Richard Armitage admiration). Based purely on her review of Fire...I finally picked up Graceling and Fire and realised that my affliction needed to be renamed the Alanna-Katsa syndrome.
I might not be completely cured of my fantasy-bias but Cashore (and Angie) managed to make me look at the genre with a less persnickety eye. A job well done ... and two books you should read!
Secondly, there is Siobhan Vivian.
tweets (what better way to become familiar with an author's authentic voice) and reading Alea from Pop Culture Junkie's glowing review of Same Difference I promptly ordered it from Book Depository.
Ashamedly I waited a few months to read it (insert kicked shin here) and I fell in love with the book (evidence here). I am currently waiting on the arrival of Vivian's other titles, as they cross the Indian Ocean, with barely concealed excitement. But I am pretty sure that I've found an author to get fangirly about....as fangirly as I get anyway.
And so there you have it - two authors newly discovered via two great bloggers (and friends).