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The Avenger

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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 01:58:55 pm EDT (Viewed 179 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?

Outside of a few series, I tend to think stories are better told via books than TV/movies. I tend to like lending my own imagination to the story versus seeing a movie director’s interpretation. LotR is one of the few exceptions, which is to say I think it’s as good as the books, and a good companion work.

I was heavy into books in the late 90s and early 00s, but now I don’t read as much. High fantasy is my preferred genre by a country mile: my favorite series being Wheel of Time, Tolkien-verse, The Death Gate Cycle, some of the earlier Dragonlance novels, Wayfarer Redemption, and a few others that escape me atm. I gave A Song of Fire and Ice a go way back when, but I didn’t care for it at the time; I just found descriptions of sex between Daenerys (described as 15) and Drogo to be off putting. Since the HBO series, and reading more about general life during the medieval period, I’ve gone back to the first book and thoroughly enjoy it.