I recently (well, if you consider a couple of months recent) began reading A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis. My reason for choosing it was because several "what-to-read-next?" websites recommended it as being like Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. I can't think of any way that the two books resemble one another. Now, if I had typed in Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, say, or maybe even A Broom of the System, by David Foster Wallace, A Frolic as a recommendation, would make sense. But, Gravity's Rainbow? Well, I guess you live and learn; you can't always trust technology to steer you in the right direction, can you?
How do those things even work? I've noticed on YourNextRead.com, that there is an option to thumb-down a recommendation. PLEASE, if you come across one that you know is NOT a good recommendation, thumb that shit down! It does NOT mean that you don't like either of the books; it DOES mean that someone looking for a similar book will be baffled by that recommendation, and said bafflement may cause recommendationophobia or something. Do you want to be a cause of these persons contracting an extending case of Luddititis? I mean, come on! If you have read, say A Frolic of His Own and Gravity's Rainbow, and you see one of those being recommended because of the other, what are you going to do? THUMB-THAT-SHIT-DOWN! Repeat after me: THUMB-THAT-SHIT-DOWN! You can give each book five stars, LIKE I DO. They are both excellent literary fiction. BUT, they are not alike. Okay, I guess I have probably beat the holy bejeepercreepers out of this dead horse. You get me.
Don't misunderstand. I like A Frolic, but every time I pick it up to begin reading, all I can do is think about how much it is NOT like Gravity's Rainbow and that just knocks me right down. I'm trying not to give up and try some other year. I guess I'll just keep at it and bitch away here on my trusty blog....