June 7, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Encore

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Almost everyone can name at least one author that you would love just ONE more book from. Either because they’re dead, not being published any more, not writing more, not producing new work for whatever reason . . . or they’ve aged and aren’t writing to their old standards any more . . . For whatever reason, there just hasn’t been anything new (or worth reading) of theirs and isn’t likely to be.

If you could have just ONE more book from an author you love . . . a book that would be as good any of their best (while we’re dreaming) . . . something that would round out a series, or finish their last work, or just be something NEW . . . Who would the author be, and why? Jane Austen? Shakespeare? Laurie Colwin? Kurt Vonnegut?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
It's funny this should be today's theme, after my post yesterday about Carol Shields. Shields died from cancer shortly after Unless was published. It seems to me that she still had a lot of good stories to tell. Luckily for me, I just recently discovered her writing and have quite a few books of hers to read.
Jane Austen is one writer I wish had written more. She was fairly young when she died. I'm sure she could have written much more than four books. There is a lot of fan fic out there, like Mr Darcy's Diary, but it's just not the same. I just love her take on the her own little world. She was a romantic writer but knew how frivolous her society was.

6 comments :

  1. I suspect that Jane Austen will be a favorite answer for many people.

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  2. I still haven't read all of Jane and only one of Carol Shields. I loved Carol Shields so I need to read more.

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  3. jane austen is an excellent choice, and i think one of her unfinished manuscripts was later taken up and completed by a more modern author.
    i would choose dickens. i'd like to know how the mystery of edwin drood was supposed to end.
    another author i would choose is gogol. he burned much of the second half of dead souls, and then died in a duel before he was able to complete it to his satisfaction.

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  4. Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by my blog. I haven't read anything by Jane Austen or Carol Shields. Need to check them out!

    Happy reading.

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  5. I must read Jane Austen too! I wanted to get her box set from Kinokuniya but it was sold out. :( Anyway, will place an order soon.

    Happy BTT, Chris!

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  6. Jane Austen is getting a lot of mentions. I love her books and she was high on my list as well, but in the end I went with an author who I loved as a child, and having reread stuff recently I still enjhoy immensely, probably on different levels now.

    I like the comment someone made suggesting Dickens. If Dickens had occured to me when doing my post he would have made my shortlist :)

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