Look, I love the classics as much as any other nerd. I'm a huge dork for any story about cranky people falling in love on a windswept moor. And I'm a big sucker for our modern day popular fiction, too (anyone who's ever heard my lengthy Game of Thrones theories can attest to that). But so many great authors, both then and now, are falling through the cracks. If you're looking to venture beyond the New York Times Bestseller list, then you might want to check out these brilliant books from relatively unknown authors.
There's something so weirdly thrilling about getting really into an author that pretty much no one around you has heard of. It's like you've uncovered some great secret. It's like this author is speaking directly to you across time and space. And it's incredibly frustrating, because all you want to do is talk to your friends about this great book that they've never even heard of (I mean... where is all the fan art for Larry Niven's Ringworld, huh?).
So here are just a few books by authors who deserve a lot more recognition. Give them a read, and then pass them along, because we've all been missing out on these books: