Dav’s review of Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
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Nov 20, 2010 10:31PM
Hmm a shot at "mindless hipsters" and Eggers praise in the same review, great logic
May 11, 2011 03:55PM
This is not a good sign. Not sure I'm going to make it through this book. I should have a copy tomorrow. Fortunately, I'm just borrowing it from the library.
May 21, 2012 01:35PM
why would you knowingly read a book of a genre that you dislike?
May 21, 2012 04:27PM
Great literature transcends genre.
Feb 10, 2014 04:47PM
Yeah, it's totally a genre book, but as far as genre books go it seems pretty good. It sounds like you prefer "literary fiction", which is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison here.
Feb 10, 2014 06:57PM
So, if fiction is not "literary," does that mean it's "illiterary fiction?"
If a book is "genre book," does that mean we should apply a lower standard?
It seems to me that there's no reason to lower our standards simply because a book or story fits a particular genre. Otherwise, the genres could rightfully be dismissed out of hand.
I happen to love the science fiction genre. But I hate it when people refer to it as "that kids' stuff."
Feb 10, 2014 10:37PM
"Genre fiction" and "literary fiction" are terms that I'll put in scare quotes because they're both conventional and contentious. (I think they are both derived from the historical structure of the publishing business.)
I wouldn't say standards for genre fiction are lower, per se, but different. People expect certain things out of certain genres—and "literary" is a genre—and judge books on their adherence to certain tropes.
I think what I meant was that Boneshaker uses lots and lots of tropes—air pirates! mad scientists! zombies!—but doesn't sink under the weight of all of them. On the other hand, it isn't exactly Thomas Pynchon. Sorry.
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