READER FRIDAY: What’s Your Favorite Under-Appreciated Novel?

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel? Tell us about it. Have you read it more than once? Did it influence your writing?

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Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She is the author of young-adult novels written for Harlequin Teen, the Sweet Justice thriller series for HarperCollins., and the Ryker Townsend FBI psychic profiler series, Mercer's War vigilante novellas, and the upcoming Trinity LeDoux bounty hunter novels set in New Orleans. Jordan shares her Texas residence with two lucky rescue dogs. To keep up with new releases & exclusive giveaways, click HERE

18 thoughts on “READER FRIDAY: What’s Your Favorite Under-Appreciated Novel?

  1. I’ll have to say The Hour of the Dragon, by Robert E. Howard. Under the heated and often grim action in this Conan tale is a gold mine of insightful commentary on civilization, legitimacy in government, and personal honor.

      • No, but I found it online (after finding a surprising number of books with that title), and look forward to reading it.

        I’d say Howard is generally underappreciated. I’m glad to see he’s finally getting some serious notice.

  2. The Testament by John Grisham. Something about this book just spoke to me at a time when I was going through a spiritual crisis. I try to keep a few on hand to give away.

  3. The Journey of The Flame by Walter Nordhoff. A lyrical book about a boy traveling coastal California in the time of the Spanish missions.

    • Oh! This sounds like one I would like. Got my Amazon copy on the way (sadly, it’s not out on Kindle).

  4. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle. It won the Booker Prize, but none of my acquaintances have read it–except for my husband.

    The book is written from the viewpoint of a smart ten year old boy, who lives in Dublin, Ireland. The story focuses primarily on the boy’s perceptions of and interactions with his family and friends in the most stunningly effective manner: bonding, loyalty, shifting allegiances, cruelty, and the consequences of one’s actions. And it contains a hilarious scene involving a Bible story about lepers.

    Doyle captures childhood so pointedly. Even though this takes place in Ireland, it reminded me so much of my childhood in Boston.

    I was so fascinated by Doyle’s craft that it took me awhile to get through the book, because I kept rereading passages. I can only hope that it influences my writing. Now that I’m reminded of it, I’m going to start reading it again, tonight.

  5. Although critically acclaimed, I rarely hear any talk about The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins. It is a gritty and realistic look at organized crime and the every day people who are involved.. I get something new from it every time I read it.
    Elmore Leonard called it the best crime novel ever written. It was Higgin’s first book. Set in Boston, Coyle is a low-level gun runner who is resisting being turned in a snitch. Excellent stuff.

  6. Stephen R Donaldson’s “The Gap” series is my all time favourite. Fantastic science fiction with characters that are so deeply flawed that you struggle deciding whether to loathe or love them.

  7. Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake. Almost all description and character, but it really pulls you in. A fantastic world building example.

  8. Stephen King’s Eyes of the Dragon. Yes, I’ve read it more than once.

    So many people love Stephen King – I didn’t like anything to do with his subject matter or horror stories, and I could never get into the movies ither. Then a friend mentioned that his daughter wanted him to write a book for her, but she didn’t want a horror story either – she wanted a fairytale – so, Eyes of the Dragon was the result.

    I read the story and was blown away – I thought “Wow, Stephen King is brilliant, one of the best writers I’d ever read.” I was in college at the time. I also got his autobiography when he put it out a couple of years later – again – loved his tips and insights. He is definitely an influence. I’ve since read some of his incredible short stories that will creep and scare the hide right off you. I’ve also read some really insightful articles by him. I love him, but I still just don’t like his subject matter so I won’t read it. I always wished he would do more fantasy or other types of sci-fi writing.

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