Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition
From who I can think of…
01. Elizabeth Gaskell — Well, she’s gaining recognition now from book circles but she should at least be as big as Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. Her work is just fantastic, particularly (and perhaps especially for me) North and South and Wives and Daughters
02. C.S. Harris — I don’t know if she’s big in the historical mystery base but I read her stuff last year (the St. Cyr mysteries) and they are fantastic! Her protagonist, Sebastian St. Cyr, is just wonderful (think James Bond meets Mr. Darcy) and the stories are just fascinating.
03. Ildefonso Falcones — He’s pretty big in Europe but I feel he should be a lot bigger here in North America. I read his book Cathedral by the Sea last summer when I was in Spain (I had the translated version, lol, but European cover) and it was absolutely enthralling, I couldn’t put it down; it’s quite an epic piece set in medieval Catalunya. I can’t wait for his new book to come out in English xD
04. Tad Williams — He’s well-known in the fantasy genre but I think he really should be up there with George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss as one of the best and well known in the field at the moment. I read his Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy a few years ago and it is just fantastic, up there as one of my favourites. I have yet to get around to his other fantasy series but he’s just so imaginative, he should be more widely read.
05. Douglas Coupland — He’s fairly well-known here in Canada but I feel he should be getting more recognition abroad. Granted, I’ve only read two of his novels–All Families Are Psychotic and Eleanor Rigby–but they are quirky, crazy and touching all at the same time.
06. Ivan Turgenev — We’ve all heard of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky but I think Turgenev should receive more recognition from modern-day audiences. I had to read his book Fathers and Sons for my nineteenth century Imperial Russia course and I found it to be a surprisingly good read (normally when they assign books to read I’m more -_-; about it because it can be so dry and crazy-making). If you know about nineteenth century Russian society it would make the story even more enjoyable but even without it I think it’s a great read. He’s a very perceptive author.
07. Alessandro Baricco — He’s well-known for the story Silk (which was adapted into a movie a few years ago starring Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley) but he’s written some other good books too. I’ve only read Ocean Sea but I remember being amazed by the book. It can be a bit post-modernist in its presentation but it’s also quite lyrical. I hope to read it in its original Italian format one of these days.
…and that’s all I can think of at the moment *blushes* Will come back and add to the list when more authors come to mind xD