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Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:14:31 AM »
I'm going to try to keep a list here of themes we have covered/planned:

  • Theme/Genre Schedule
    • February 2013
    Pre-2000 General or Classic FantasyThe Black Company by Glen Cook
    • March 2013
    PiratesRetribution Falls by Chris Wooding
    • April 2013
    Debuts from 2012 - 2013Fade to Black by Francis Knight
    • May 2013
    Open Nominations - anything fantasy goesThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    • June 2013
    Fantastical BeastsFoundling (Monster Blood Tattoo #1) by D. M. Cornish
    • July 2013
    Fantasy School StoriesWizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
    • August 2013
    Portal FantasyThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
    • September 2013
    Open Nominations - anything fantasy goesThe Folding Knife by K. J. Parker
    • October 2013
    Dark FantasyThe Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan
    • November 2013
    Urban/Contemporary FantasyThe Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
    • December 2013
    2013 Award NomineesAngelmaker by Nick Harkaway
    • January 2014
    New Year's ResolutionGardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
    • February 2014
    Open NominationsThe Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
    • March 2014
    Female leadSeraphina by Rachel Hartman
    • April 2014
    Asian Inspired SFFDaughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts
    • May 2014
    Open NominationsMayhem by Sarah Pinborough
    • June 2014
    StandalonesKing Rat by China Mieville
    • July 2014
    Open NominationsRed Rising by Pierce Brown
    • August 2014
    Open NominationsPromise of Blood by Brian McClellan
    • September 2014
    <TBD>The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
    • October 2014
    <TBD>
    • November 2014
    Open Nominations
    • December 2014
    <TBD>
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OK, it looks like the monthly theme/genre option is going to win the nomination method poll. I'm excited about this and I think there are a lot of fun options we can throw out there. So in anticipation of that, I would like to get some suggestions/feedback on it. What I have so far:


Post-2000 General Fantasy (anything published during/after 2000 goes ... as long as it's Fantasy ;) )
Indie fiction you may well be missing out on (including self published books and small press)
Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
Dragons
Thieves/Assassins
Alternate History Fantasy
Post-apacolyptic setting
Dystopian
Dying Sun
Award Winners
Sea Adventures
Women authors
QUILTBAG characters
Authors of color
Humor Fantasy
Fantastical Horror
Self Published
Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
Multi-world Fantasies
Mythical Beasts (fantasy with a mythical beast like a dragon or unicorn as its protagonist)
Revisiting a previous writer (revisiting a writer we have already read, but provided we read a standalone by them or a book in their series that could be read on its own)
"Shame List" 'Established/Popular Books I Just Haven't Gotten to Yet' 
Pre-Tolkien fantasy
Graphic Novels
Second Chance (Choose from previous runner ups)
Fairy Tale retellings
Giants
Military Fantasy
Anti hero or  a villain whose the lead character
Victorian Gothic fantasy
Detective Fantasy
Asian themed/inspired Fantasy


I do plan to have 'open' nomination months as well to make sure that we dont miss any books that might not fall under set catagories. So, what say you? Have any grand ideas/suggestions to include in the list?[/list][/list][/list][/list][/list]
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 01:22:21 AM »
Do we want to do a dystopian kind of thing? It might not technically qualify as fantasy, but it's often pretty close...
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 01:40:39 AM »
Do we want to do a dystopian kind of thing? It might not technically qualify as fantasy, but it's often pretty close...

Or utopian? :P

I think this is pretty good so far, list wise. I would love to see some nominations for Dying Sun sub-genre, if only because it's so small and so interesting, to me at least.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 01:42:06 AM »
How about
- award winners
- sea adventures
- the first book (either a debut ot the first of a series)
- fantastic beasts

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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 01:44:03 AM »
I really like the idea of debuts, but award-winning sounds like the book club already.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2012, 01:58:53 AM »
How about
- award winners
- sea adventures
- the first book (either a debut ot the first of a series)
- fantastic beasts

I like the idea of fantastic beasts.

I'd really like to start with a classic fantasy, something that all of us should have read but probably haven't.

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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 02:55:08 AM »
Do we want to do a dystopian kind of thing? It might not technically qualify as fantasy, but it's often pretty close...
Au contraire. There are elements of dystopia in Terry Brooks' Shannara and even The Wheel of Time. John Harrison's Viriconium series as well and Jack Vance's Dying Earth milieu.
The above is a reason that I'm not keen on classifying, the lines are often simply too blurred.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 08:24:59 AM »
Do we want to do a dystopian kind of thing? It might not technically qualify as fantasy, but it's often pretty close...
Au contraire. There are elements of dystopia in Terry Brooks' Shannara and even The Wheel of Time. John Harrison's Viriconium series as well and Jack Vance's Dying Earth milieu.
The above is a reason that I'm not keen on classifying, the lines are often simply too blurred.

I think as long as we keep each sub-category fairly general, it will be fine. At the end of the day - who's going to nominate a Shannara novel or The Wheel of Time for the book club under a Dystopian category? Not many I imagine.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012, 06:09:40 PM »
Do we want to do a dystopian kind of thing? It might not technically qualify as fantasy, but it's often pretty close...
Au contraire. There are elements of dystopia in Terry Brooks' Shannara and even The Wheel of Time. John Harrison's Viriconium series as well and Jack Vance's Dying Earth milieu.
The above is a reason that I'm not keen on classifying, the lines are often simply too blurred.

I think as long as we keep each sub-category fairly general, it will be fine. At the end of the day - who's going to nominate a Shannara novel or The Wheel of Time for the book club under a Dystopian category? Not many I imagine.

Yeah, if those of us with a little OCD can cope with this, I think it's best to keep it general, allow books to belong to many different sub-genres and don't have long discussions if a book fits a genre or not. :)
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 06:16:01 PM »
Do we want to do a dystopian kind of thing? It might not technically qualify as fantasy, but it's often pretty close...
Au contraire. There are elements of dystopia in Terry Brooks' Shannara and even The Wheel of Time. John Harrison's Viriconium series as well and Jack Vance's Dying Earth milieu.
The above is a reason that I'm not keen on classifying, the lines are often simply too blurred.

I think as long as we keep each sub-category fairly general, it will be fine. At the end of the day - who's going to nominate a Shannara novel or The Wheel of Time for the book club under a Dystopian category? Not many I imagine.

Yeah, if those of us with a little OCD can cope with this, I think it's best to keep it general, allow books to belong to many different sub-genres and don't have long discussions if a book fits a genre or not. :)
What I am hoping is that if it's a stretch to categorize a book a certain way, it just wont get votes (or a second nomination to be voted on in the 1st place). Although, without having read the book, I guess that might be hard to know as well. But my general idea is that if there are some elements of a book that make it fit within the category, then it's valid. I'm really hoping it doesn't turn into long winded debates :)
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2012, 07:47:30 PM »
If you need a few more theme suggestions how about women authors, QUILTBAG characters, and authors of color? Or humor fantasy, fantastical horror, cyberpunk, or things not transplanted from European pseudo-history?

There could be a running list of theme options so that one never runs out of them.

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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2012, 07:51:26 PM »
If you need a few more theme suggestions how about women authors, QUILTBAG characters, and authors of color? Or humor fantasy, fantastical horror, cyberpunk, or things not transplanted from European pseudo-history?

There could be a running list of theme options so that one never runs out of them.

What is a QUILTBAG character? And isn't cyberpunk a sci-fi sub-genre?
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2012, 07:54:26 PM »
If you need a few more theme suggestions how about women authors, QUILTBAG characters, and authors of color? Or humor fantasy, fantastical horror, cyberpunk, or things not transplanted from European pseudo-history?

There could be a running list of theme options so that one never runs out of them.
Awesome suggestions! :)

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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2012, 07:56:42 PM »
If you need a few more theme suggestions how about women authors, QUILTBAG characters, and authors of color? Or humor fantasy, fantastical horror, cyberpunk, or things not transplanted from European pseudo-history?

There could be a running list of theme options so that one never runs out of them.
Awesome suggestions! :)

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Ah right cool.
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Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2012, 08:25:08 PM »
The only thing that worries me is that often our threads debating which book to choose alongside the 'Who's In" thread have more posts in that all the threads discussing the actual book.  Just worried this will increase that.

You could also retro theme the last couple of book club reads: Gritty Fantasy for Prince of Thorns, Alternative Fantasy History for Spring Heeled Jack and Vampire Fantasy for Fevre Dream. 

My choice would be piratical themed fantasy. 

Reds Seas Under Red Skies, Ship of Magic and Stranger Tides could all be choices!
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