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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 04:34:41 am EDT (Viewed 158 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?

My favorite genre is fantasy.
Some examples:

-Earth's Children by Jean M. Auel
-Northern Lights and The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (BBC's His Dark Materials is based on the first of these trilogies)
-Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (of course) I read these books long before the movies came out. The movies are great, the books are better. They usually are IMO. Another reason I prefer books (and read them first if a movie is already available) is that you can use your imagination, you are not stuck with images in your head that you have seen on television.

I also enjoy a good Stephen King or Dan Brown novel when I'm in the mood.

When I was younger I also read a lot of William S. Burroughs, Tom Wolfe, Jack Kerouac,..but I prefer books of a more lighthearted nature now. The main reason I read books is to relax.

One more book I'd like to mention is The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. It came out when I was about 20 years old and it left a big impression on me then.

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