Under the Radar


Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.

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What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?


Please excuse the brevity this week. My computer had been misbehaving.

I’m a big fan of the underdog, so this question is right up my particular street.

As a general rule, since I’ve been self-publishing, I’ve read more and more books by other self-published authors. In the last eleven years, I’ve hardly bought any traditionally published books and I don’t think that I’ve missed out on quality. I certainly haven’t missed out on variety, or stories that are new and exciting and push the genre boundaries.

As you can see if you click here, I try to review all the books I read and enjoy on this blog. And they’re pretty much all self-published.

I sing the praises of Indie authors and their novels wherever I go and whenever I can. I think we have to keep reminding people that our books are just as good as anything the traditional world puts out. If anyone asks me for a recommendation, I’ll ALWAYS give an Indie author/title in the genre.


Although I could list a lot more here, my go-to authors and titles based on genre are,

For Crime, James Mortain, with either the Detective Deans or Chilcott series. As an ex-detective, he writes superb plots, with a touch of the quirky.

Gritty Realism and Y.A., it’s Chantelle Atkins, series like The Day the Earth Turned or the one I’m reading at the moment, At Night They Played In The Road. She has a powerful style and really well-drawn characters.

Horror/Fantasy P.J.Reed, Welcome to Witherleigh or The Mercian Chronicles are both great reads.

For Sci-fi and Steampunk, it has to be Steven Smith, creator of Edison Crow, who writes on this hop. Chasing Shadows is an excellent introduction to the Steampunk genre.


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10 Responses

  1. Steven Smith

    Thanks for the mention! I definitely think there is a lot of content out there in the indie/self published world that certainly holds its own against some of the trad published stuff!

    • Richard Dee

      I hate the formulaic, the churned and rehashed stuff that’s produced because it sells. Give me a story that pushes the boundaries and isn’t afraid to say something different.

    • Richard Dee

      I like the sort of speculative fiction that stretches the truth. Something fictional that’s so plausible it could be true. Where it’s impossible to tell when the truth stops.

  2. Snapdragon

    While I do have a few indie books on my tbr. I mostly pick up older books. Mainly sci-fic and fantasy and if I can find it horror too.

    • Richard Dee

      I occasionally see my Sci-fi paperbacks in second hand stores, it gives me a buzz to know they are doing the rounds.

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