The second recommendation I had in a bookshop was more of a happy accident than me actively looking for something new.
I had gone to the shop to specifically buy some books from my ever-growing wants list, and grabbed a few titles—I think it probably included Lovecraft and Neil Gaiman—and took them to the counter. The assistant that served me rung up and bagged my books before jumping into the most passionate recommendation for a book I’ve ever heard.
He was practically jumping with excitement as he described the premise, claiming that “If I liked these books, I’d love this.” He was so excited, in fact, that I assumed he must know the author personally. But he was right, it did sound like the kind of thing I’d like; a gothic murder mystery with a hint of the paranormal. The book hadn’t even been released, and I asked him to write it down for me.
I bought The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel (his debut book) some time after its release, and I’m glad that I waited: because soon enough came A Fever of the Blood, book two in the series. The third book is due for release in February, and I can barely contain myself.
Oscar de Muriel has become one of my favourite writers, and I’m lucky enough to have quite a rapport with him via Twitter. He did a signing at this bookshop, and I was there to get both of my books signed. They’re treasured posessions now. It’s an amazing thing that social networking lets us interract on a very personal level with people who, once upon a time, would have been out of reach to us. And I’m starting to get my star-struck, fan-girl awkwardness under control!
What are the best book recommendations you’ve received?