BTT: Favorite Unknown

Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard of them. The author that you think should be that famous and can’t understand why they’re not… 

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!




I can think of several good choices here but the first person I thought of was Patrick Rothfuss, author of Name of the Wind.  

Here’s a blurb from his website: 

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. 

I’ve already mentioned this book in several posts because I cannot stress enough how incredible it was and how much I loved it.  Every fantasy reader should own a copy.  I couldn’t put it down and I’ve been waiting for the sequel ever since.  After I read it,  I made my husband and then my cousin who then made her husband and no one has been disappointed yet, despite the major praise I gave it beforehand.  To me, it was fantasy perfected. 

I’m sure when the sequel finally does hit the shelves I’ll devour it like a crazed person and then wait in agony until the third installment is released. 

Bravo, Mr. Rothfuss, and please keep your work coming!  I’ll be waiting with as much patience as I can muster.

Have you read this book?  Who’s your favorite unknown?



  1. bluestockingbb Said:

    That sounds really good!!

    Here is mine

    • Jamye Said:

      I’ve heard of those Nicholas Flamel books, I’ll have to check them out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Dionne Said:

    Oh yes, I couldn’t agree more! When I read his blog (while fantasizing about being his friend because I’m a weirdo and he seems very cool) I couldn’t believe that he had a hard time getting that masterpiece published–it’s AMAZING!

    Hmmm, I am trying to think of some little-read author that I love (excellent fuel for procrastination!) that I could recommend here…I guess this will keep me entertained all day trying to think of someone. 🙂

    • Jamye Said:

      I was just reading his bio and parts of his blog. He sounds like an awesome guy!

      Yes, definitely come back and post your pick!

    • Jamye Said:

      I love the title of the Giulia Melucci book you mentioned!

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. Alayne Said:

    I just wrote this one down. Sounds great! My pick is at The Crowded Leaf.

    • Jamye Said:

      Oh good, I’m spreading the gospel. 🙂 Headed over to The Crowded Leaf now…

  4. iread Said:

    I’ve been on the fence about this one for a while now, but after reading such a glowing recommendation I’m definitely putting it on my “to read” list.

    • Jamye Said:

      Glad to hear it, let me know what you think!

  5. Jennifer Said:

    I will look into the book further, thank you for the suggestion. My BTT:

    • Jamye Said:

      My pleasure! I haven’t heard of P.G. Wodehouse, I’ll have to check him out.

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. Michelle Said:

    I had not heard of this one until today, but it sounds great. It’s going on my TBR list!

    • Jamye Said:

      The reading gods will be pleased. 🙂

  7. Jody Said:

    I have The Name of the Wind on my wishlist based on another friend’s recommendation, but your praise has moved it up a bit higher. 🙂

    I love the Spellman Files series by Lisa Lutz. And I think everyone should be reading Kelley Armstrong! I have books from 3 different series she’s written and I love them all.

    • Jamye Said:

      I just put the first Women of the Underworld book on my wish list!

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