I often get Zafon and Hosseini mixed up in my bookseller mind, possibly because of the beigey/sandy covers of Shadow of the Wind and A Thousand Splendid Suns. They feel like the same thing. I won’t ever know if they are alike because Zafon is second in my list of unreasonable prejudices towards hugely popular authors.
There are some authors who the public adore. Their books sell and sell and sell. There are no need for bookseller recommendations for them, people just see ’em and buy. When you think there can’t possibly be anyone in the country who might not have their books, they continue to sell. Perennial bestsellers. And yet, I will never read them. For no apparent reason I have taken against them. I have no interest whatsoever. Zilch. A gazillion customers will tell me how much they adore these books and yet I remain certain I will never be enticed. It’s interesting to me that my brain has this reaction. I assume you also have popular authors that you won’t ever read? And that similarly there’s no logic to your prejudice? I’d be interested to hear who those authors are.
Anyway, number one in my series of I Will Never Read… is Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and his latest, And The Mountains Echoed.