Finding Those Books That Seem Made For Each Other

It came up in a meeting recently.

“I just finished reading A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and it felt like I was reading Firefly in book form.”

“Oh that’s weird. I had the exact same thought about Killing Gravity.”

Sometimes completely separate books just go together. If you like one you’re guaranteed to enjoy the other; maybe due to a similarity in tone, prose, plot, or a combination of elements. It’s an aspect of literature that remains difficult to articulate even though it happens so often. Some books were made for each other.

Sometimes these pairings are obvious. Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens are so complementary that you should get a free copy of one if you buy the other. Sometimes these pairings are broad, like how loving Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings prepares you for your investment in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. And sometimes these pairings resonate only to your unique worldview, like the combination of Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz and Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow.

So now we’re curious: What books, comics, TV shows, movies do you feel were made for each other?


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