Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I need YOUR help!

Huzzah, I have a diagnoses! Now I can do something about my breathing problem! Actually, it isn't even a breathing problem. Costochondritis. It's a swelling of the cartilage in the rib area. So I'm taking an anti-inflammatory. Supposedly, this is quite a common condition. Thanks for the prayer!


Now onto the title of this post... I need your help! I have two questions to ask. You can answer one or both of them. I would appreciate it if all followers, readers, or passerbys answered at least one of the questions.
1. Give me your six favorite genres of books. (For example: fantasy, sci-fi, romance, historical, etc.) If you don't have six, just name any that come into your head. You don't even have to do six if you don't want to. You can repeat ones that have already been said.

2. If you like, give me examples from each genre, or for just some of the genres. You can give me modern books or classics, or one of each. What I'm looking for specifically is well-known, quintessential books for each genre; ones that many people have read; ones that if you hear "sci-fi" you immediately think of that book. (For example: A fantasy book could be Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones or something by R.A. Salvatore.)

Even if you've never commented before, or are only passing by, even if you read this a few weeks from now, I would love to have your answer! It is for a project that I am going to begin in the New Year.
So, everyone (and I mean everyone), comment! I can't wait to hear your answers.

Live long and prosper.


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    1. Oops, let's try this again.

      That's great you found out what the problem is! And I'd be happy to help!

      Classics, like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
      Fantasy, like The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy
      Science Fiction, like Enchantress of the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
      Historical Fiction, like The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare, and any books by Mary Ray and Rosemary Sutcliff
      Action/Adventure, like the Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forester (I'm two books in, and loving it!)
      Mystery, like Sherlock Holmes and any book by Agatha Christie

      I wasn't sure if I could come up with six different genres, but that was pretty easy! :)

  2. Epic Fantasy: Narnia, Middle Earth, and the Dragon Within series.
    Fairy Tale Retellings: Ella Enchanted, Ever After High, Sew It's a Quest. ;)
    HiFi(Historical Fiction): Or Give Me Death (by Ann Rinaldi) Little House on the Prairie, The Darkness and the Dawn.
    Classics: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, David Copperfield, The Merchant of Venice
    And, um, sci-fi has recently gained my approval, with: Lewis's Space Trilogy, The Destiny Trilogy (by Sarah Holmen), and there are a few of the Star Trek books that I like (In particular, Uhura's Song).

    And I'm now pulling blanks for other genres that I particularly enjoy. Wow .... I'm picky. I USED to like mystery, but that was back when I was reading Cam Jansen and the Boxcar Children. These days, most mysteries are kids sticking their noses where they don't belong, and somehow being smarter than the adults and ... I just can't endorse that. I do enjoy Sherlock Holmes though.

  3. 1. SCI-FI: Examples include “Ender’s Game” & others in this series by Scott Orson Card; “The Hostile Takeover Trilogy” by Andrew Swan; “Eon” by Greg Bear. Isaac Asimov’s “Robot” & "Foundation” series.
    2. FANTASY: Examples include Tolkien’s “Middle Earth” books; Stephen Lawhead’s “King Arthur” series; Salvadore’s “Dark Elf” series; Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time”; Raymond Feist’s “Rift War” series
    3. HISTORICAL FICTION: Conn Iggulden’s “Conqueror series”, James A Michener’s books; “The Kite Runner” by Hosseini; “Journey through the Night” by De Vries;
    4. HORROR: Many of Steven King’s books fall into this: “The Stand”, “The Green Mile”, “It”.
    5. CLASSICS: Like “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austin; “The 3 Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas; “Treasure Island” by Stevenson; Great Expectations” by Dickens
    6. REALISTIC FICTION: “The Power of One” by Brice Courtenay; “Prince of Tides” by Pat Conroy

    Only 6 categories? There are too many good books across many genres...

    7. SUSPENCE/THRILLER: Authors such as: Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy & John Gresham.
    8. SURVIVAL STORIES: “Into Thin Air” by Krakauer; Minus 148 Degrees” by Art Davidson; “No Way Down” by Graham Bowley; “Touching the Void” by Joe Simpson.

    OK! I'll stop now.

  4. My favorite genres?

    Historical mystery: Everything by Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey and Ellis Peters
    Historical fiction by Sigrid Undset: Kristin Lavransdatter; Annie Dillard: The Living; Willa Cather: Death comes for the Archbishop
    Historical non-fiction: too many random ones by obscure authors but including Rodney Stark: God's Battalions, and the Rise of Christianity; Margaret McMillan: Paris 1919; Robert Louis Wilkens
    Classics: pretty well all of them, both children's and adult, but two of my fav. authors are George Eliot: Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda and Elizabeth von Arnim: An Enchanted April and others.
    Cultural non-fiction: Elizabeth Bumiller: May you be the mother of 1000 sons
    Writer biographies
    Poetry collections: Luci Shaw, George Manley Hopkins, Tania Runyan

  5. Glad you got a diagnosis! And that it's nothing too horrible :)

    Hmm let's see if I can come up with 6...

    1. Fantasy: Lord of the Rings, Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time," Terry Brooks' "Magic Kingdom of Landover" Series
    2. Young Adult/Fantasy: Diana Wynne Jones' stuff, Patricia C. Wrede's "Enchanted Forest Chronicles"
    3. Space Opera: The Star Wars books, particularly anything by Timothy Zahn, or "The Star of the Guardians" by Weis/Hickman
    4. Sci-Fi: I'm a lot pickier about this, but I really enjoyed Icarus Hunt by Zahn, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
    5.Meta-Fiction: Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" series
    6. Fairy-tale retellings: Anne Elisabeth Stengl's "Tales of Goldstone Wood," or Juliet Marillier's "Wildwood Dancing."

    Ooh, I managed 6. Although, I'm not sure that a couple of those weren't cheating! :) I am quite curious as to what you're going to use this info for!

    1. If my Fantasy/YA Fantasy was too much of a cheat... I do enjoy historical adventure/survival stories - things like Stephen Ambrose's "Citizen Soldiers," or "Undaunted Courage," or Robert Birkby's "Mountain Madness"