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The Avenger

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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sat May 14, 2022 at 05:44:23 pm EDT (Viewed 202 times)
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Just as I view this board as the de facto music board for our community, I see it also as the book board.

Do you read prose fiction? What genres do you favor?

My own favorite is sword and sorcery. I came to it through comic books - specifically Conan - but over the years I've enjoyed many authors and many characters. I don't know if you're aware, but there's a sword and sorcery magazine currently publishing, called Tales from the Magician's Skull. Here's a link:

It funds its new issues through Kickstarter.

As a boy, I was an avid sci-fi reader. Lately I've less interest in reading that genre. I satisfy my sci-fi appetite through television and movies. Back when I was a boy, this wasn't as easy to do. We didn't have an endless variety of sci-fi shows and films available on streaming services like we do today.

Do you read less of any genre because nowadays it's readily available on the screen?

I still prefer reading actual books to reading stuff on the screen, but I mostly read nonfiction. Some of my favorite fiction in recent times are the short stories of Ted Chiang. I highly recommend both his Stories of Your Life and Others and ExhalationStories of Your Life was adapted into the film Arrival, but the short story is far better even though Arrival is a pretty good movie. Stories of Your Life is his single best story in my opinion, but Exhalation has more stronger stories than his first compilation.

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