Jumping In The Cold Water
It’s happened again. If you read my preview of Dog Soldiers the other day, you know that I know nothing about this novel.
That’s happened more times that I would like to mention since I started this blog—though I probably mentioned it anyway. I’d like to think that I’m pretty open about my ignorance.
All of this being ignorant about certain novels stuff got me to thinking—if I had never started 101 Books, would I have ever read any of these authors? It’s doubtful that I would have any idea about Dog Soldiers or Robert Stone.
How many times in my life have I gone into a bookstore or on to Amazon and bought a book that I’ve never heard of? I can probably count the times on one hand.
My research tells me that the internet is comprised of 50% cat photos and 50% book reviews. When we readers want to know a little about a book, it’s easy to find out before we make the purchase.
There’s Good Reads and Book Riot and HuffPost Books and Amazon reviews and on and on. We have book reviews oozing out of every tube in the underground tunnel of communication that is known as the internet.
So does anyone actually go “cold” into a book these days—without ever having heard of it, without ever having read a review or read some other piece of work from the same author?
It’s kind of fun, honestly. My second favorite novel to this point, I, Claudius, was a book that I knew nothing about before reading it—hadn’t even heard of it. That’s like busting open a piñata and discovering that it’s filled with 500 Reeses cups.
So, again, I ask you—is it just me? Am I the only one left? Or do some of you occasionally jump into the proverbial cold water?
If so, what makes you pick an unknown book—the design, the title, the backcover blurb?