Wondering What to Read Next? Try asking this website. Type in an author name and a book title and the site will offer a list of recommended titles to read next, as suggested by readers’ lists of favorite authors and titles. The thinking behind the site is that if one person likes author A and B, anyone else who likes author A will also like author B. More weight is given to associations made multiple times across different lists.

For kicks, I types in some books I liked. Here are the recommendations:

For Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds

  • Chronospace by Allen Steele
  • Raft by Stephen Baxter (I read this years ago and liked it very much)
  • Hyperthought by M. M. Buckner
  • Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Quad World by Robert A. Metzger
  • Gridlinked by Neal Asher (which I liked, though not as much as Century Rain)
  • The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

For The Golden Transcendence by John C. Wright

  • Forever Free by Joe Haldeman (haven’t read it. Yet.)
  • Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds (which I liked)

For More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

  • Valis by Philip K. Dick (never read it)
  • The Illuminatus!: Trilogy by Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson (never read it)
  • Vurt by Jeff Noon (never read it)
  • Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco (never read it)
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (read it and liked it)
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (read it and liked it)

For The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld

  • The Cassini Division: A Fall Revolution Novel by Ken MacLeod (never read it)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (never read it – I know…sad)
  • Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (read it and liked it)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (read it very long agoand dont remember much of it)

For The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis

  • Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (Never read it but want to)
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Never read it)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman (Never read it)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (Read it and couldn’t finish it)
  • Being There by Jerzy Kosinski (Never read it)

As with any project based on user opinion, the quality of the suggestions depends on the amount of data. Over time, suggestions are bound to improve. That is, if you assume that people tend to gravitate toward the same authors. After this little experiment, I tend to think it’s a sound approach. Recommendations of books I’ve already read proved to be right on target. There was only one miss – The Left Hand of Darkness – and I think I’m the only one on the planet who failed to enjoy it.

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