DWJ's answers: Harry Potter
hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Sep 5 16:28:25 EDT 2001
> >Melissa burbled:
I didn't say that!
>>:) But - I must say in defence of Amazon's recommendations - I
>>discovered _To Say Nothing of the Dog_ from them. So if I never got
>>one other decent recommendation, I'd consider myself in debt to them
>>forever. Hey - *and* _Crown Duel_ - that was another Amazon winner!
>But you forget that if you HADN'T found _To Say Nothing of the Dog_ some of
>us would have made you read it anyway....
Oh, but being TSNotD-less is such a horrid fate to contemplate! What
if you *hadn't* made me read it. What if I'd been stubborn and
difficult! And there's still the question of C&CD - which went the
other way. :)
>I am actually a big fan of the Amazon.com newsletter recommendations. I've
>found a number of really good books that way, most recently Tanith Lee's
>_Wolf Tower_. The actual recommendation feature on the website has been
>less useful. It does recommend books I'll like--I know because I've already
>read them. :) I think it's worthwhile to subscribe to the newsletter,
>though. It comes about once a month, it's tailored to a specific topic (I
>get the YA, Fantasy and SF, and Children's ones) and there are real live
>people picking the books. Now, if it turns out that they do start selling
>space in the newsletter to publishers, the quality may go downhill fast.
>But for now, it's a great way to find new books.
Big surprise, I have the same subscriptions. Some interesting new
recs seemed to come up (my personal one) after I bought _Passage_
from them, and had spent quite a bit of time rating purchases and
recemmondations. I saw these new ones, didn't have time to check
them out properly, and when I went back found completely off-the-wall
recs - some because I'd rated or purchased _Le Petit Prince_ (Yup, in
French), and another rate or purchase, I think, was a book about
medieval French poety. Weirder still, my subscriptions had changed
to Business and Art and Photography. It took three letters to Amazon
to get someone to *read* my explanation of the problem and finally
say they had no idea what could have happened. :(
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