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Steve Alvest


Underrated books I should read

I thought I'd ask NotePD's AI for some recommendations for good books that I've probably never heard of.

Underrated books I should read

    1. The Wounded Shadow

    This novel by Annette Curtis Klause follows a teenager named Liza who discovers that she is a vampire. Liza is forced to confront her own identity as she is pushed and pulled between the traditional vampires of her past and the modern world of her present. The novel is a fascinating exploration of identity, choice, and morality as Liza navigates her newfound powers and the consequences of her choices.

    [NOTE: The AI seems to have imagined this book. I can't find any record of Annette Curtis Klause ever having written this book... we gotta keep an eye on the AI -- I'm looking at YOU, AI James Altucher]

    2. The Book of Lost Things

    Written by John Connolly, this novel follows a young boy named David who is thrust into a strange and dangerous world of mythical creatures, creatures and events. As he embarks on a quest to save his family, he learns important lessons about courage, friendship, and the power of the imagination. This book is a captivating and imaginative tale that will leave you wondering what could have been.

    3. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    Written by Lauren Willig, this novel is set in Regency England and follows two young spies who have been sent to France to uncover a mysterious secret. Through their journey, they uncover secrets about a secret society and its history. This book is a thrilling story of espionage and adventure that will keep you guessing until the very end.

    4. The Witch of Portobello

    This book written by Paulo Coelho is an oftoverlooked novel that is full of mysticism, ideas and themes that are explored within the novel. It tells the story of an adopted child who is abandoned in an orphanage and, through her journey of self discovery, learns the truth of her identity. The book is a unique exploration of faith, spirituality and selfdiscovery, and is a must read for anyone looking for an inspiring, uplifting story.

    5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    This book written by Milan Kundera is a thoughtprovoking and deeply philosophical novel that delves into the complexities of life and relationships. It follows the story of several characters and their struggles with life and love, as well as their attempts to find meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. The book is a beautiful exploration of love and life, and is a great read for anyone who is looking for something a bit deeper.

    6. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

    This is a beautifully written collection of essays that explore the life of courtesan Sei Shonagon. The stories are vivid and captivating, and they provide a unique insight into the lives and culture of Heianera Japan.

    7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

    This underrated classic tells the story of an evangelical Baptist family from Georgia that moves to the Belgian Congo in 1959. The novel follows the family’s struggle to adapt to life in the African jungle, and the moral and ethical dilemmas the family faces as a result. Kingsolver’s use of vivid imagery and complex characters make this book an unforgettable read.

    8. The Dream of the Red Chamber

    This Chinese classic is a romantic novel written by Cao Xueqin in the 18th century. It follows the story of an aristocratic family in China and their struggles with love, family, and power. The Dream of the Red Chamber is considered to be one of the four greatest classical novels of Chinese literature, yet it is often overlooked by modern readers. This novel is a mustread for anyone interested in Chinese culture and history.

    9. The Castle of Otranto

    This is an 18th century gothic novel by Horace Walpole. It follows the story of a young Italian prince who is cursed to never inherit his father's castle. The Castle of Otranto is a classic example of a gothic novel, with its supernatural elements and themes of mystery and horror. It is an often overlooked classic that is a mustread for any fan of the gothic genre.

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