Monday, August 20, 2018

Overlooked Books

In our viral video age, there is information overload and flash news, with everyone chasing the latest event, celebrity statement, movie, and politically charged book. “Bestselling” must precede any book deemed worthy of attention, even as attention spans dwindle and people read less. Blockbusters get all the press, even as the Blockbuster video chain went out of business due to streaming services. Few want to work to find entertainment (or anything else, like the truth), and so...much of entertainment is a sport, now. “Sports is war minus the shooting,” said George Orwell. Folks both good and bad shoot off their mouths for attention, posting real or fake news, which all enters the Sharknado that culture has become with equal validity. Who can you trust? Reviews are all over the surfboard, some biting, others slippery. This indie blog and website Tower Review is the result of 20 years experience. Having listened to over 2000 audiobooks in all genres in their entirety, and another 2000 listened to partially, I am sufficiently familiar as an industry judge too in order to recommend Overlooked Books. By that I mean titles which did not get much press initially, or had a lot of press, but may have since been overlooked by a new generation focused on the latest Twitter feed. They may be literature, mystery/suspense, science fiction, science, romance, or biography. This is a partial construction; more will be added. If you have read widely, fell free to add those which impressed you most in comments. Why audiobooks? They extend reading time by allowing you to listen as you work, drive, or cook. Give them a try. Some of those very same celebrities making news daily have recorded audiobooks, and the industry is growing, even as hardcovers have virtually flatlined. (People just don’t have time!) The purpose of an indie reviewer is not just to assist the major publishers or indie houses in presenting what may be otherwise overlooked, but also to do the research necessary to make connections between things that might otherwise not seem so. Take the book Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. Van Vogt. Did you know that it inspired the Alien series, and Star Trek? The book “To Live Forever” may also have inspired Star Trek, featuring a ship called the “Star Enterprise,” which, at the end, goes out to explore new worlds for man. Go Indie, where few humans have gone before, and follow the links here. Satisfaction? Guaranteed> Last Night at the Lobster. West of Sunset. Model Home. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The Forever War. Fahrenheit 451.  


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