Friday, April 20, 2007

You Probably Won't Like...

Amazon's book-recommendation service now has an opposite number: LibraryThing's "Unsuggester," which you can use to find out which books you probably don't want to read. Examples:

If you liked The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami,
you probably won't like Basics of Biblical Greek by William D. Mounce

If you liked Parliament of Whores by P.J. O'Rourke,
you probably won't like A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

If you liked Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee,
you probably won't like V by Thomas Pynchon

If you liked Phenomenology of Mind by Georg Hegel (and who doesn't?),
you probably won't like Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

And so forth. The program is based on the personal libraries of the site's registered members; after you type in the title of a book, it scans the collections of LibraryThing members who own the same book, then calculates which other books those members are least likely to own. Of course, the same program can also determine which books you might actually like to read, but somehow that's not nearly as entertaining.

3 comments:

Robert said...

That's fantastic. Just reading the title "Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern" caused me to cackle darkly for five full minutes.

Patrick said...

I bet if you generated a reading list from this you could arrange a book club/fight club combo.

Dave Nichols said...

Once again, you're forgetting the First Rule of Book Club.