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April 29, 2008

Literature-Map.com — 'The tourist map of literature'


"The closer two writers are, the more likely someone will like both of them."


Interesting website, a creation of Marek Gibney.

Try it the next time you get a free moment.

As if.

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There is a bit of a problem with the implementation; since users enter the authors as free text fields, you can end up with a dizzying array of alternate forms of a name:

Patrick O’Brian
Patrick Obrian
Patrick Obrien
Patrick O Brien
Patrick O’Bryan

Which one(s) will give the best suggestions for other writers? Does poor typing/spelling imply a less literate opinion?

I suppose it could help if there were some kind of indication of how many opinions applied to each version of a name...

Posted by: origamifreak | May 2, 2008 11:35:46 PM

This is SO cool! Looks like I should be reading much more Harlan Ellison. But Stanislaw Lem and Roger Zelazny? Don't see the connection... And while I love Zelazny to bits, I didn't like Dab Simmons at all. Hmm. Either way, most of the writers in the list are writers I've at least considered, which means I've gotten pretty good at figuring out if a book is to my taste or not.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 30, 2008 8:31:03 AM

He has one for movies and music, too: http://www.gnod.net/

Posted by: Justin | Apr 29, 2008 10:44:47 PM

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