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The UnSuggester
7/11/2008 9:02:12 AM
Finding stuff you probably won't enjoy.


Most folks in the literary know are aware of LibraryThing. I'm a HUGE fan of this site one where you can catalogue your personal library online, allowing others to see what books you might have in common, what diverse selection you might like to read, etc. You can find me on LT here - http://www.librarything.com/profile/writergirl

So, LT has a recommendation function. If you like X, you might like Y. Fair enough. This is great. But it also has the UnSuggester.

This is a unique computer algorithm that searches through its member database and suggests books least likely to be in the libraries of other people who own a particular book.

So here's what happened today when I put the UnSuggester to work on my library.

The UnSuggester says I would most likely NOT own or read

I Gave Dating a Chance: A Biblical Perspective to Balance the Extremes by Jeramy Clark
based on my ownership of:

About a Boy by Nick Hornby
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Hmmm.

Also, I probably wouldn't be likely to own How To Dry Foods by Deanna Delong because I have Chocolat by Joanne Harris and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

Agreed. These books and authors will likely never meet on a shelf unless the sequel Like Water for Beef Jerky, is released.

Evidently I wouldn't care to read A History of Strategic Bombing by Lee B. Kennett because I enjoyed Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Some interesting philosophical contrasts there about war and violence, huh?

Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella wouldn't interest a student of
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, once again proving you are a shopper or a seller, but probably not both.

Apparently, fans of Peggy Layton's Cookin' With Home Storage are too busy on their Hero's journey : Joseph Campbell on his life and work by Joseph Campbell to bother making homemade ketchup or rehydrating foods.

And I didn't even know that CDs were listed on LT, but apparently fans of N'SYNC's Greatest Hits CD would not share anything on common with readers of J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace.

Now, that's just wrong. I like simple lyrics (Bye, Bye, Bye) to contrast against Nobel Prize winning literature anyday.

But that's just me.




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More Blogs by Karen Harrington
• There Will Be Cake! Giveaways! Merriment! - Thursday, April 02, 2009
• He's Just Not That Into Valentine's - Friday, February 13, 2009
• 10 Word Short Story Contest - Friday, January 30, 2009
• Foggy day in Dallas - Thursday, January 29, 2009
• Not Your Father's Book Festival - Monday, January 19, 2009
• NaNo Stats & Writing Advice from my dog - Monday, December 01, 2008
• Characters with meaty hands. (Or, why every writer needs an editor.) - Monday, October 20, 2008
• We all grow up with the weight of history on us... - Thursday, October 02, 2008
• You are just one click away from a very entertaining guest blog at Literary Feline - Tuesday, September 09, 2008
• Can I trust you with this information? (Or, faux SPAM) - Thursday, September 04, 2008
• Join me for a compelling panel discussion and booksigning - Tuesday, August 05, 2008
• Dunh. Duh! CSI Barbie - Monday, July 28, 2008
• The Week in Writing - Friday, July 25, 2008
•  The UnSuggester - Friday, July 11, 2008  
• Is your destiny written in your DNA? - Wednesday, July 09, 2008
• What a writer really wants.... - Friday, June 27, 2008
• Read an excerpt of JANEOLOGY - Tuesday, June 24, 2008
• Uh, no thanks. I already have a book. - What? - Wednesday, June 04, 2008
• Office Space meets Cinderella = CORPORELLA - Monday, June 02, 2008
• Mother of 2 weighs in on sensitive issues behind Janeology - Wednesday, May 21, 2008
• Careful. You might end up in my novel. - Monday, May 12, 2008
• My daughter's Mother's Day card says... - Thursday, May 08, 2008
• Does the Page 69 Test Really Work? - Sunday, May 04, 2008
• Who is Jane and what did she do? - Monday, April 21, 2008
• JANEOLOGY - GENEALOGY - Wednesday, April 16, 2008
• Real Family Trees - Monday, April 14, 2008
• 5 Sentences I Wish I'd Written - Friday, April 11, 2008
• Out on a limb with JANEOLOGY - Monday, April 07, 2008
• Legally Stalk An Author - Tuesday, April 01, 2008
• The Night Before Publication - Monday, March 31, 2008
• Some Authory Stuff - Friday, March 28, 2008
• One Week to Publication (Or, I'm slightly giddy!) - Monday, March 24, 2008
• Doing the Snoopy Dance - Thursday, March 20, 2008
• Knowing Characters From Their Marrow - Monday, March 17, 2008
• Who Do You Think You Are - Friday, March 14, 2008
• Beautiful Weather/Bad News - Wednesday, March 12, 2008
• I'm Karen Harrington, candidate for readership, and I approved this message - Monday, March 10, 2008
• Dogs Impressed By Author Interview - Thursday, March 06, 2008
• 29 Days and counting to publication - Wednesday, March 05, 2008
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