I saw a link for an interesting site the other day – I Write Like. You cut and paste a sample of your writing into a little box and their magic elves (or statistical analytic tools) will tell you which famous writers your sample is similar to.
The first time I tried it using this post (the smiley face made out of letters), and my result was that I write like Stephen King. Cool. The second time I cut and pasted my post about vehicle anxiety, it was David Foster Wallace, then I used another post (not sure which one) and got Margaret Atwood. Both Wallace and Atwood are award-winning authors, so it’s not a bad thing that I write like either one.
However, not being satisfied yet, I cut and pasted a huge chunk of my manuscript (the one mined from my blog back in 2006 when we lived in England) and got Cory Doctorow. That name was a little more familiar than Wallace or Atwood, so I decided to check out one of his books. I’m listening to his “Little Brother” right now. It’s a techno-geek young adult novel set in current-day San Francisco. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet – technology and pop culture meet the Patriot Act and massive paranoia follows.
I’ve also got a book on my Kindle that I bought the other day when Amazon advertised it as the Magic Shining Fabulous Kindle Book of the Day (or whatever they call it). It’s “The Naming” by Alison Croggon and I bought it for a whopping $1.99. From what I have gleaned from reviews, it seems like it’s similar to Robin Hobb books (which I enjoy, but which are also sometimes tedious to get through).
Those are my two books on my active am-reading list. I’ve got a few more tucked away on a to-read list, but I’m not going to worry about them until I finish one or the other of these two.
Now I want to know – what’s on your list?