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Unsuggestion uniqueness

Someone challenged me to find an UnSuggestion where I was the only person to own both books. I have a couple of near misses - while I do own copies of Good Omens, the top UnSuggestion for both Gilead and John Adams, and I also own Goodnight Moon, the top UnSuggestion for Native Tongue by Carl Hiassen, I have omitted to put either of the UnSuggestions in question in my catalogue.

But eventually I found a case where I not only own both books but they are both in my LibraryThing, so I am indeed the only user to have catalogued both (and have reviewed both on this journal). The top UnSuggestion for Tom Shippey's J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century is The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. Not surprised - I found the latter insipid and self-indulgent, and the former dense but rewarding.

Well, that's a satisfying start to the weekend!

Edited to add: Gosh, here's another one that is a bit more surprising - the top UnSuggestion for Russell Shorto's superb history of New Amsterdam, The Island at the Centre of the World, is the equally superb first volume of George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series, A Game of Thrones. Do enthusiasts for early American history have and aversion to epic fantasy, and vice versa? I wonder.


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Dec. 16th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
It may simply be a side effect of people cataloguing different parts of their collections first and both books actually having a low number of owners. Small samples lead to statistical wibbles.
Dec. 17th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
Now I'm trying to do it. I really think that I should buy a copy of Fight Club, because if I did I'd definitely have a lot of cases in which that was true. I liked that book, but don't own it. (I also need to go input Heart of Darkness and The Grapes of Wrath, which I own but need to be input manually--which is why I put it off.)

I own both Sex with Kings and its UnSuggestion Getting Things Done, but haven't read the former yet (bought today.) Are stories about royal mistresses incompatible with productivity?
Dec. 17th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
You certainly win for Sex With Kings / Getting Things Done!

It's pretty clear that people who worry about productivity are likely to distract themselves with adultery, but tend to concentrate on their own rather than read about other people's!
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