• A. R. Coble

Famous and Not-So-Famous

When I was maybe five or six years old I had one of those springy horses on a metal frame. I loved the NeverEnding Story so much that I would reenact scenes from the movie. One of my favorites was the scene where Atreyu and his horse, Artax are stuck in the Swamps of Sadness. Atreyu, desperate to save his best and most loyal friend, yells Artax’s name over and over again, sobbing, only to have to let him go and continue his journey alone. Yeah, I did that. I also fed my bouncy horse raw spaghetti noodles. My mother wasn’t pleased with the mess he left on the floor.

I'm not sure how many avid readers there are in this world, but given the success of many famous authors, I'd say there's a fair few. What about the less famous authors? Who reads their work, I wonder? As a less than famous author myself, I like to think that there are those out there who will pick up a book based first on their own interests, but second because the book is written by an author they've never read or heard of before. I am such a reader.

Sure, I still definitely try to keep up with what's popular. It's usually popular for good reasons: characters that we can connect with, a compelling story arc, and that plot twist we never saw coming. I mean, who saw Dumbledore dying in book six?! I didn't, and I had to put the book down because I was crying so badly I couldn’t see, which made reading very difficult.

I usually pick up these less fortunate books at places that benefit the less fortunate. Thrift stores like Goodwill are a favorite place to shop for such books, but most recently I picked up a paper back, a hard cover, and an CD audio set from a thrift store that benefits one of our local no-kill animal shelters. Their mission is strictly to rescue animals from death row at the local animal control center. Buying books in their thrift store is fantastic because I get what I want (more books!) and I am able to support a favorite charity at the same time. It’s WONDERFUL for me.

My latest finds occurred yesterday and I’m eager to share them with you. I haven’t read or listened to any of them yet (alas, the life of an author, entrepreneur and busy mom), but I wanted to share them here with you. Here they are: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Introduction by Padraic Colum and Commentary by Joseph Campbell (Published by Pantheon Books, NY) Sirens by Eric Van Lustbader (Published by M. Evans and Company, Inc., NY) Great Classic Stories II, Eighteen Unabridged Classics (Audio CDs by BBC Audio) I don’t know very many of Grimm’s Fairy Tales but have always been fascinated by the dark nature of the stories, like when I really got into Edgar Allan Poe in the sixth grade. It was fifty cents for this book, guys. FIFTY. CENTS. I had to get it, right? Now, Sirens was the hard cover book, so it was a little more expensive. I really haven’t looked into what this story is about. I did check to see if it was more like Greek mythology type sirens, or if it was a police drama/thriller with police sirens and it seems to be about the mythological sirens. I plan on giving an update when I get it read. The cost on this beauty was a whopping dollar. It nearly broke me, but it was worth it. The audio CDs cost me two dollars. Six CDs full of classic, unabridged stories featuring Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, and more – that’s a heck of a deal. So of course, I had to have that one too.

I got a total of three very large books (including the audio books) for a total of $3.50. While this post is primarily about picking up authors you’ve never read or heard of before, I’m shamelessly putting in a plug for the classics at ridiculously cheap prices while supporting a well-deserving charity. I have many other books on my shelf still waiting to be read. Some are by more famous authors that I just haven’t gotten around to yet, but several are from authors I don’t know and whose names I’ve already forgotten.

Do you have any favorite books my less-than-famous authors? Do you make it a point to seek out these kinds of books/authors? I want to hear from you! Send me your comments and remember to like my Author Page on Facebook and come back again soon!

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