Booking Through Thursday: Branching Out

Name a book you love in a genre you normally don’t care for. What made you decide to read it? Did it make you want to try more in that genre?

What genre do you avoid reading and why?

Hey, that’s four questions!

As the name of my blog and self-appointed title suggests, I’m a literary omnivore. I will and do read anything, if I think it’s worth a shot.  That qualification is usually based on whether or not the story sounds interesting, not genre, which I define more as setting than anything else, although I am currently coming to grips with the fact that there’s more to it than that, but those don’t apply to my taxonomy. I don’t avoid any books.

That said, I’m not overly fond of “urban fantasy”, which is actually an awful misnomer for supernatural fiction (assuming fantasy means secondary world with or without magic, which is how I define it, urban fantasy would be something like The Lies of Locke Lamora—fantasy with a focus in urban environments) or mysteries that aren’t Sherlock Holmes. I’ve been burned before, but I still maintain my faith that any story is possible of being amazing. In the supernatural fiction camp, I’m awfully fond of Michael Thomas Ford’s Jane Bites BackIn the mystery camp, I really liked Farthing and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, both alternate history mysteries.

Review: Jane Bites Back

Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford

I can’t remember where exactly I picked up Jane Bites Back (as a concept, not a book)—I think I’m going to pin this one on Publishers Weekly. Something about the sheer silliness of Jane Austen and vampires delighted me. Although, it must be noted, this does not always delight me. The very idea of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, makes my skin crawl. But there was something about the review and the synopsis that led me to believe Ford sided on my side when it came to Austen fanfiction, especially since he was writing it himself. After the abject failure of Crane Spreads Wings, I picked this up to wash the taste out.

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