BTT : The Great Unknown

Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard of them. The author that you think should be that famous and can’t understand why they’re not…

Well…I would choose Koushun Takami without much thinking! I haven’t read anything else by him yet…but his Battle Royale blow me away.

This novel really take my breath away…I was reading it out prejudice and became totally into the book. I love it so much.

(review can be read by clicking the picture)

I know that I haven’t read anything else by Takami and maybe his other works aren’t as great as this one, but I can easily said that this book should have made him well known.


It is sad to know that Suzane Collins’ Hunger Game seemed to steal his glory away 😦

When I said I’m sad, it is not just a metaphor I am actually feeling sad. People should have known him better than someone who is writing the same thing as he is and become acknowledge by the world better that him…he should get that glory rather than Suzane Collins.


  1. There are so many non-English-language, or at least, non-American authors whose work is essentially ripped off by the mainstream English speaking world.

    It’s really frustrating.

    I’m glad you’re standing up for an under-represented author.

    1. @Becky It is easier to find Hunger Game than Battle Royale 😦 it is also happening in my country

      @MissMeliss What makes me even furious is that Hunger Game has been translated into Indonesian Language while Battle Royale hasn’t..and therefore, Indonesian people who hasn’t watched the movie will only know that that kinda story comes from a book called Hunger Game 😦

      And it’s hard finding it’s English Translation version…I was lucky to find it in Library but I want to own that book, I want to buy it and re-read it again someday.

  2. This is certainly not a think-as-I-type question. Took me all morning to mull over. John Banville, L.P. Hartley, and Rebecca West to name a few…

  3. i read hunger games and loved it. i have battle royale and plan on reading it soon. i have a feeling i may love it as well. so for me. they can share the spotlight in the dystopia world.

    1. Dystopia??

      Yeah I do hope you’ll love Battle Royale too 🙂 If I don’t have too many TBR books I’d love to re-read Battle Royale, it was my best book of 2009

    1. I haven’t read it too and I HAVE NO INTENTION of reading it even if my life depends on it. I LOVE BATTLE ROYALE TOO MUCH and I don’t want it to be ruined by other similar book..

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