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The Avenger

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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 05:12:07 pm EDT (Viewed 175 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 09:59:27 am EDT (Viewed 177 times)


      The most recent was probably I got on an H.G. Wells kick and I read three different versions of The Time Machine. Two were the original magazine serials before it got collected into the book, which I had to find online. Then I read his Dr. Moreau and I only got halfway through War of the Worlds.


    My favorite book in this vein is Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island, which I recommend for anyone who finds inspiration in the triumph of human ingenuity. I especially recommend it for fans of Iron Man, as Tony Stark is the modern day epitome of what The Mysterious Island glorifies.

I did a review of the Mysterious Island movie not long ago but I didn't read the book. In the movie it seems the survivors are not so much doing for themselves but benefitting from the mysterious stranger helping them. Is this like the book? Would you say Nemo is the Tony Stark analogue?

Wouldn't Robinson Crusoe be the granddaddy of island survival stories?


      When I was younger I read a lot of Stephen King novels and all of Douglas Adams' books. I didn't branch out too much. I was always a very slow reader. My brother and my other friend could get through a novel in one sitting. It would take me weeks. I think my mind always wandered too much. Maybe that's why I liked comics better. The artwork kept me focused on the story.


    I can see that. Also comic books are quicker reads. And most of the information is delivered visually instead of verbally.

    What I like about prose fiction is the window into the protagonist's head that we often (though not always) get. I want very much to know what the hero is thinking. It is of course true that some comic books provide this.

Yeah I don't know why the entire comic industry suddenly decided thought balloons should vanish all at once.

I like that with novels you can think up the visuals yourself but again, my mind wanders. I suddenly find myself on a page that I haven't read and I realize I skimmed the last 3 pages on autopilot and I didn't retain any of it and have to go back. I did better last time I was reading Wells.

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