This thread on the Thursday Next series of books by Jasper fforde led me to make this statement:
“I find them okay, but I keep reading the books because I appreciate the intent and effort of the author and wish there were more books out there like this.”
So - what books do you read because they attempt to fill a niche you love - and do it closer than anything else you’ve come across - but still don’t quite fill the bill?
Another example for me is books by William Gibson. I love the noir, exitentialist feel, but don’t like the thumbnail-sketch characters, the lact of humor, etc. There are other cyberpunk authors, but nobody captures the Hammett/Chandler feel that Gibson does. Wish he could invest his characters with more humanity…