For all the readers out there, we have tried to uncover some of the unconventional authors of our generation. The books range from a wide range of subjects covering fiction and fantasy, non – fiction and economies. The purpose of this list is single and that is to open the eyes of the reader to enjoy the immense and rich mixture of books that are lying unnoticed on bookshelves.
1. The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets – by Sophie Hannah
Recognized as an award winning writer of thrillers and crime stories, Sophie Hannah offers a fresh and unique taste from her fantastic fantasies. One could actually compare this book to Roald Dahl’s style of writing which involves funny characters in weirdly strange and comic situations.
2. Vicky Had One Eye Open – by Darryl Samaraweera
Colorful, frank and emotional, this is the story of a patient called Vicky and her sensitive family. When Vicky falls into a coma, her life is changed forever and as the story unravels, the reader is amazed at the poetic brilliance of the author.
3. Bad Traffic – by Simon Lewis
Based in the lethal streets of rustic England, Bad Traffic is about cop from the Siberian border, Inspector Jian. After a frantic phone call from her daughter, the inspector sets on a mission to hunt down a group of thieves but his problems are far greater – he is Chinese, knows no English and has very little cash. Gripping and adventurous, this is a must read for crime fiction fans.
4. Hungry City – by Carolyn Steel
Carolyn Steel opens our eyes to the inevitable bond linking food production, urban development and land use. The book delicately examines such issues and charts out solutions to the problems associated with food creation and land usage. While a serious read, this one definitely gives us social and economical food for thought.
5. Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do, And What It Says About Us – by Tom Vanderbilt
Malcolm Gladwell’s raging authority in the field of psychology has resulted in this bright and candid insight into the world of traffic behavior. This appealing and populist study at driving behavior and transportation planning will surprise and amaze you.
6. Random Deaths and Custard – by Catrin Dafydd
Sam Jones is an ordinary girl living having an extra ordinary life – she is escaping random deaths throughout her life. She escapes a serious accident under the kitchen cupboard, faints after tripping on the bus and then almost dies from a choked fish finger until a total stranger rescues her. Random Deaths has been written with a touch of humor, love and some really good laughs.
Wild is essentially Jay’s childhood ride in search of wilderness. Jay took seven long years to complete this work and gave it everything she had – time, money and lots of effort. ‘Wild’ is a stunning book on many planes – its arousing, enriching, and richly sprinkled with esoteric philosophy.
8. Season of the Witch – by Natasha Mostert
Season of the Witch is the evocative tale of a person who is pulled into the mystifying life of two gorgeous witch sisters proficient in the Art of Memory. A murder story coupled with elements of romance, Season of the Witch is purely original in its ideas.
9. The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution And What It Means For The World – by Thomas J. Campanella
The Concrete Dragon is an urban planning professor’s view on China’s rapidly expanding urban expansion. Concrete Dragon is full of confounding figures (like in 2003 alone, China put up 28 billion sq. ft. of housing!). This book achieves in presenting the incredulous Chinese growth story.
10. Visioning and Visualization: People, Pixels, and Plans – by Michael Kwartler and Gianni Longo
Full of life with the large color images, the book succeeds in providing an insight about the authors’ key ideas – the importance of visuals in planning and the general society. The book is a superb guide on how one can visualize and implement visuals using modern techniques.
Great books !
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