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
. Stories 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.