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Bruce, Caroline

Booking a Minute of your Time for a Poll

Okay. I scrapped my previous poll for reasons you may or may not already know. So we'll try this poll. Enjoy.

Poll #1151847 Throw the Book at Me

What broad categories of books to you like to read?

Fiction
2(15.4%)
Nonfiction
0(0.0%)
Poetry
0(0.0%)
Plays and drama
0(0.0%)
Music books
0(0.0%)

What types of fiction do you like to read?

Mystery
0(0.0%)
Adventure
0(0.0%)
a-day-in-the-life general novels
0(0.0%)
Science fiction
0(0.0%)
Fantasy
0(0.0%)
Historical fiction
0(0.0%)
Light romance
0(0.0%)
Steamy romance
0(0.0%)
Humor
0(0.0%)
Horror
0(0.0%)

What categories of nonfiction books do you like to read?

History
0(0.0%)
Geography
0(0.0%)
Astronomy
0(0.0%)
Adventure
0(0.0%)
Science
1(8.3%)
Biography
0(0.0%)
How-to
1(8.3%)
Self-help
0(0.0%)
Books about ketchup
0(0.0%)

Science fiction and fantasy are

Two distinct writing styles, and like any other styles, sometimes authors use more than one style in a book.
9(69.2%)
Two distinct writing styles that cannot coexist in the same book.
3(23.1%)
Majorly boring.
0(0.0%)
Barely distinguishable from each other.
1(7.7%)
One and the same.
0(0.0%)

ISBN stands for:

Interlibrary Shelvable Book Nomination
0(0.0%)
Issue of Series Before Naming
1(7.7%)
International Standard Book Number
10(76.9%)
In-Store Binding Number
0(0.0%)
How the heck should I know?
2(15.4%)

The fact that season 1 of Father Knows Best is coming to DVD in April is:

Really cool.
2(15.4%)
Kinda neat.
2(15.4%)
Ho-hum.
9(69.2%)
Too bad.
0(0.0%)
Absolutely revolting.
0(0.0%)
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Comments

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And don't think I'm not proud to have you as a friend!

slightly offended

I am offended that yolu would consider fantisy and science fiction "writing styles." They are genres. To me, a writing style is a way of portraying a particular time period.
I suspect that for me, the statement that sci-fi and fantisy are writing styles is like saying to you, "catchup is just another condiment."

p.s. Some people, such as stephen King, should never ever write science fiction. As brilliant a writer as he is, he just doesn't have the nak for this genre. I rather enjoy when the two genres mix.
I'd love to read a book in which an author living in a magic world tries to imagine a world in which magic doesn't exist, but where the principles he dreams up, though scientifically theoretial, wind up being undoable accept through magical means (i.e. you could lift heavy objects by lessening gravity.)
Okay, maybe this wouldn't make a good book, but perhaps a short story.

Re: slightly offended

Hmmm, I have to take issue with your logic here. Science fiction is a genre, absolutely, but good science fiction requires a distinct writing style of its own. consider the following brief excerpt, which I am about to make up:

Jodi lay on the anti-grav bed, her body writhing with pleasure every time the android kissed her. "Oh, XK41295B!" she moaned, "I love it when your oil can rattles!"

That could best be described in a lot of ways, none complimentary, but for our purposes I'd call that the cheesy romance genre, written in the clueless science fiction writing style. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I submit, which is real writing, is a humorous book, genre, written in a sci-fi writing style. Some of Robert Heinlein's work is in the science fiction genre, but with a humorous writing style.