Book Lamp is a new site which uses a scientific approach to compare books. By analysing numerous different aspects of both content and writing style the site compiles over 30,000 data points for each book. These are then processed to obtain the “book’s DNA” which then can then be used to compare it to other books.
I decided to test the system by entering my favourite book, A Fine Balance.
Book Lamp came up with the following suggestions:
- Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
- Absent by Betool Khedairi
- The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy
- A Beggar at the Gate by Thalassa Ali
- Everyman Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
- Slow River by Nicola Griffith
- A Room with a View by EM Forster
- Song of the Cuckoo Bird by Amulya Malladi
It is no surprise to see another book by the same author at the top of the list. I’m reading it now and can confirm that it is almost as wonderful as A Fine Balance.
I was surprised to discover that the second book on the list was one I hadn’t heard of and so I decided to test the site by ordering a copy of Absent. As you can see from my review yesterday I really enjoyed it. I can see why it managed to top the list and as I was reading it I smiled as I spotted the similarities. The writing was of a similar quality and pace, the book focused on people living in a country under turmoil and there was even a seamstress in the first chapter! I’m very pleased that Book Lamp brought this book to my attention.
Most of the other books on the list intrigue me, but I fail to understand why The Lilac Bus ranks so highly. I enjoyed Maeve Binchy as a teenager, but think of her books as warm romances and so struggle to see how they can be similar to life during Indian Emergency. Perhaps I’ll have to read a copy and find out why it has been included.
Have you read any of these books? Do you think I’d enjoy them?
The main problem with the Book Lamp site is that it doesn’t contain a full range of books and authors, but as new books are added every day I’m sure it wont be too long before all my favourites are added.
What do you think of Book Lamp?
Did you discover any new books thanks to its recommendations?
Do you think you’ll use it to discover new books?