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Like Pandora? Try A Literary Offshoot, Booklamp

BookLamp.org is a new website that is similar to Pandora — it creates algorithms and breaks down your book preferences by main themes. For instance, if you liked White Teeth, then Booklamp discerns that you’re into: Culture, Life/Death/Spirituality, Extended Families, Explicit Language, and “Elements of Time.” This results in some odd recommendations, such as The Cestus Deception (Star Wars: Clone Wars) by Steven Barnes. (Really? Because we are just never going to be in to that.) However, another suggestion was The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis, which makes some sense. So click through and see what hilarious, interesting, and arguably accurate choices we found on our trip through the site.

The book: Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Booklamp’s suggestion: The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (Categories: Police Involvement, Criminal Investigation, Government/Social Discourse/Revolution)

If you like international whodunits, then you’ll probably like Henning Mankell’s novels. Try this opener from Knopf’s website: “January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene.” Mankell has been writing Kurt Wallander mysteries for years, and they were recently adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh — the second series begins this October.

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