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10915 Hi Bizarro, do you like the genre Bizarro?
Jul 30, 2009 10:28AM

10915 I know that Obama's name (奥巴马) is "mysterious sticky horse"

This is an interesting subject...I don't know about character names but there are products that we send to China whos names translate funny.

Coke is 可口可乐 and it means tasty & happy, so that worked out well for Coke.
-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 19, 2009 09:24AM

10915 But you can't smell someones breath through a computer screen (yet) or when they are on a stage (God willing)
-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 18, 2009 10:37PM

10915 Specifically, what physical trait can't it overcome?
-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 16, 2009 10:19PM

10915 Sunni wrote: "Kind of a lousey take on "You had me at hello"....=)"

I was kidding.......I still love you.

-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 16, 2009 09:11PM

10915 Who said Hello?
-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 16, 2009 09:06AM

10915 I'm still very confused...
-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 15, 2009 09:04PM

10915 If you like really specific things then subgenres matter. I'm one of those ultra specific people.
-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 15, 2009 09:17AM

10915 clockpunk - This term, coined by the GURPS roleplaying game Steampunk, denotes a Renaissance era civilization with clockwork-based technology and Da Vinci inspired advances. Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and Pasquale's Angel by Paul J. McAuley are examples of this type of timepunk.

dieselpunk - This term, coined by game designers Lewis Pollak and Dan Ross for the roleplaying game Children of the Sun, denotes an Industrial Age civilization with futuristic petroleum-based technology. Dieselpunk has also been called “Teslapunk” when describing futuristic electrical technology in an Industrial Age civilization.

atomicpunk - An Atomic Age civilization where the Great Depression never occurred, and World War II remained a prolonged cold war.

transistorpunk - Denotes an exaggerated and glamorized Cold War era society. The ideals and fads of the 1960s prevail, while a countercultural movement moves forward governmental advancement. Transistorpunk has also been called “Psychedelipunk” or “Weedpunk” when describing the psychedelic drug-ridden elements of the society or hemp-based technologies.

squidpunk - Squidpunk is almost exclusively set at sea and must contain some reference to either cephalopods or to anything that thematically relates to squid, in terms of world iconography and tropes. Squidpunk is never escapist or whimsical. It is always serious and edgy. This combination of a hard punk aesthetic with the fluid propulsion system common to the squid has produced a unique literary hybrid beloved by Mundanes and Surrealists alike

spacepunk - In Spacepunk, the tools of the punk genre are combined with the themes of a Swords and Space tale. Here, a seemingly older civilization with advanced Space Age technology. These stories have also been referred to simply as “Sword and Space” fantasy when dealing with an ancient civilization with advanced technology or “Retrofuturism” when the society is a modern society with advanced technology.

mythpunk - In Mythpunk--a term coined by Catherynne M. Valente--themes, symbols, and archetypes of folklore and myths are combined with postmodern fantasy techniques. “For me,” Valente claims, “mythpunk describes a writer who uses myth and folklore as a launch-point and then warps it with their own voice. Someone for whom language is more than a simple tool, whose use of it is sometimes jangling, sometimes melodious, often musical, always passionate. Someone who uses the basic set of authorial instruments: character, plot, setting, and the fabulous orchestra of human language in a way that challenges and innovates, changes the reader's perception of mythology, both traditional narrative and new worlds combined and recombined. It's more fun to write than anything I know, and more profound to read than most things I find.”

mannerpunk - Elabororate social hierarchies and complex traditions are presented in a fantasy setting. Etiquette is then critically examined through the lens of a fantastical comedy of manners--a sort of Jane Austin meets C.S. Lewis. Mannerspunk has also been called a “fantasy of manners,” a term coined by science fiction critic Donald G. Keller. The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells (read an excerpt here) and Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (read an excerpt here) are examples of mannerspunk.

biopunk -Uses elements of noir fiction to examine the social effects of genetic engineering. Biopunk has also been called "ribofunk" by Paul Di Filippo, a lead author in the genre, after ribonucleic acid.

nanopunk- Uses elements of noir fiction to examine the social effects of nanotechnology.

cyberprep - Attempts to reflect the themes of Cyberpunk by examining technology in a beneficial near-future, often utopian in nature. Cyberprep has also been called “Cybertopia.”

cybertopia - Cyberprep

splatterpunk - In Splatterpunk Horror, the author attempts to disturb the audience by use of a variety of grotesque and gory images. The term "Splatterpunk," coined by David J. Schow at the World Fantasy Convention in Providence in the mid-80s, is used less often since the original inception of this type of horror. Now used mainly to refer to the originators of this style, Extreme Horror is the more current term. Splatterpunk has also been called "Gross-out" or "Gore" Horror.

(I jacked most of these definitions from
-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 15, 2009 09:17AM

10915 cyberpunk - In Cyberpunk, the author presents a gritty near-future, often dystopian, setting to examine present issues through the malevolence of technology and the influence of corporations on society. High technology, ruined societies, and a tarnished global environment are often used settings in these stories. The term “Cyberpunk,” coined by author Bruce Bethke in his 1980 short story by the same name, is a portmanteau of “cybernetics” and “punk.” Authors William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, John Shirley and Lewis Shiner helped to launch the movement, heavily influenced by Gibson’s Neromancer. Cyberpunk has also been called “Cybernoir” when using noir fiction tools, and “Cybergoth” when using Gothic fiction tools to accomplish the same goals.

postcyberpunk - Examines the social effects of a ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, genetic engineering and body modification, and the continued impact of technological change.

steampunk - A Victorian, English Regency, Industrial Revolution, or Edwardian English setting is provided with a variety of steam-based technology and Victorian advances such as difference engines. Inspired by actual Victorian science fiction (Edisonades, Scientific Romances, and Voyages Extraordinaires), Steampunk was the first of the timepunk categories, and has inspired real-world anachrono-futuristic culture, technology, games, fashion, and art.

victorianpunk - Steampunk

elfpunk - Contemporary fantasy character types—elves, fairies, dragons, etc.—are placed in an urban setting. Elfpunk has also been called “modern faerie tale” by such authors as Holly Black, describing her novel Tithe (read an excerpt here) or “urban fantasy” by such authors as Emma Bull, describing her novel War for the Oaks.

chippunk (?)

timepunk - Steampunk was a term coined by K.W. Jeter in an attempt to find a general term for works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates), James Blaylock (Homunculus) and himself (Morlock Night), who all wrote Victorian speculative fiction. In a letter to "Locus" (April 1987) Since the development of steampunk, several terms have been created to specify the time period and divergent themes of “gonzo-historical” fiction. “Timepunk,” a term coined for the GURPS roleplaying game Steampunk, by William H. Stoddard, is arguably the most apt for describing the anachrono-futurist genre as a whole (although “Punkpunk” has also been used). In such tales, technologies stagnate around a specific technology--bronze, steam, diesel--which then becomes the major contributing factor to the advancement of humankind. Science advances, but only through the use of the specific technology, and the time period where the technology originated determines fashion, artistic styles, and religious belief.

stonepunk - This term, coined by the GURPS roleplaying game Steampunk, denotes a Stone Age civilization provided with technological advances. Edgar Rice Borroughs' The Land that Time Forgot (download a copy here) and Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear are early examples of this style of story.

bronzepunk - This term, coined by the GURPS roleplaying game Steampunk, denotes a Bronze Age civilization provided with steam-based technological advances. The novels of Mary Renault are often good examples of this type of timepunk.

sandalpunk - This term, coined by the GURPS roleplaying game Steampunk, denotes an ancient civilization, often the Romans or some other Iron Age civilization, never collapses—with scientific advancement (based on such technologies as the Antikythera mechanism) continuint at a rate relative to later modern civilizations. Sandalpunk has also been called “Classicpunk” or “Ironpunk.”

classicpunk - Sandalpunk

ironpunk - Sandalpunk

candlepunk - Denotes an late medieval civilization with futuristic technology. Candlepunk has also been called “Castlepunk”and “Middlepunk.” It can also be “Dungeonpunk” when adding magical elements, or “Plaguepunk” when describing a plague-ridden candlepunk society. Connie Willis' Doomsday Book is an example of this type of timepunk.

castlepunk - Candlepunk

middlepunk - Candlepunk

dungeonpunk - Candlepunk

plaugepunk - Candlepunk when describing a plague-ridden candlepunk society. Connie Willis' Doomsday Book is an example of this type of timepunk.

monkpunk (?)

-Punk subgenres (27 new)
Jun 14, 2009 07:18PM

10915 Is anyone familiar with these subgenres? I'm trying to find more of them, so far this is all I know of:

victorian punk
chippunk (?)
monkpunk (?)

The ones with '(?)' are ones I can't define, so if you could enlighten me, please do.

Does anyone know any more?
May 06, 2009 01:58PM

10915 I laughed at all the violent parts.
Maps (144 new)
May 05, 2009 03:52PM

10915 Robin wrote: "H wrote: "If I book has a map in it, I tend to not get it. I can't have my enjoyment of a book depend on my intelligence because I'm hopeless.

That is interesting....I certainly can see not loo..."

I've (before my map prejudices) read some books where they depend on you following the characters geographical movments and the map is nessisary in doing so.
Apr 20, 2009 08:52AM

10915 Robert wrote: Maybe if you are having trouble finding something new at your branch, you can check out their website and see if they can do something similar for you?

We have that but most of the time the book never came in...Or they told me it didn't...
Maps (144 new)
Apr 19, 2009 03:53PM

10915 I can NOT read a map...Not even a simple one...I can hardly manage surfing the web...

If I book has a map in it, I tend to not get it. I can't have my enjoyment of a book depend on my intelligence because I'm hopeless.
Apr 19, 2009 03:48PM

10915 Jon wrote: "I not only prefer women protagonists but usually women authors. Very very rarely does a male author write women characters well. In fact, I can't think of one off the top of my head. "

You got me trying to think of some male authors who portrayed women well...And it is a bit hard. I thought A. Lee Martinez's A Nameless Witch was well done. I liked a lot of Simon R. Green's female characters too.

As for the propagandist subject....Girls, boys, women, men, it doesn't matter to me what gender they are. I prefer ALL the characters be propagandists...But that's from watching soap operas for 24 years, I'm sure.
Apr 19, 2009 03:39PM

10915 I just read Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson and mutilated angels made from kidnapped street prostitutes were used as weapons...I liked that a lot.
Apr 19, 2009 03:33PM

10915 So far in April I've read...

Dark Need A Novel of the Darkyn by Lynn Viehl
The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop
The Steel Breakfast Era The Decadent Return of the Hi-Fi Queen and Her Embryonic Reptile Infection by Carlton Mellick III
Breathers A Zombie's Lament by S.G. Browne
The Littlest Hitler - Stories by Ryan Boudinot
Overqualified by Joey Comeau
Look at My Striped Shirt! Confessions of the People You Love to Hate by The Phat Phree
Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson
Dream Warrior by Sherrilyn Kenyon
A Kiss to Remember by Teresa Medeiros
Caressed By Ice by Nalini Singh
Dhampir Child of the Blood by V.M. Johnson
The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
Deathwish by Rob Thurman
Magick on the Edge Adventures in Experimental Magick by Taylor Ellwood
Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
Now I'm reading God of Clocks by Alan Campbell

...It's been a slow month but after making this post I can't help but feel I should look into getting a life...
Apr 19, 2009 03:20PM

10915 I used to go to the library a lot as a kid but they stopped buying new books and instead began spending all their money on videos and comics...Once I read all the comics, I stopped going.

I've returned not to long ago to find they finally have gotten new books...but I've bought them all already. I'm trying to get into the habbit of going again because I've wasted a lot of money on crappy books...

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