Friday, April 22, 2011
Book Blogger Hop!
Jennifer at Crazy for Books is once again hosting the Book Blogger Hop. Every week a question is asked and hundreds of book bloggers answer it.
This week's question is: If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?
My answer: Abso-freaking-lutely. Well, most of the time. You all know about my unhealthy obsession with Neil Gaiman novels, most of which I read soon after reading American Gods. And right after I put down my first Discworld novel (Interesting Times), I was already planning which Terry Pratchett novel I would buy next.
Sometimes, however, I wait awhile before I pick another novel up by the same author. I didn't read another Vonnegut novel until a few years after I read Slaughterhouse 5. This is mostly because he had so many that I didn't know which one to read next. It wasn't until a friend suggested that I read Breakfast of Champions that I really got into Vonnegut's works.
The other issue is, of course, that a lot of the authors that I read write series. Occasionally I'll find a book that I'm interested in and love it, only to find out that it's the first book in a series...and the rest of them haven't come out yet. This was the case with Justin Cronin's The Passage and Deanna Raybourn's Silent in the Grave. Now, while Raybourn has subsequently published three other novels in the Lady Julia series (as well as a fifth novel with completely different characters), the next book in Cronin's trilogy isn't slated for release until 2012.
So, yes, I will usually scour bookstore and library shelves for books by authors that I've just discovered that I like, but from time to time there are mitigating factors that prevent me from doing so.