Initially, I classified books as science fiction, traditional fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and YA paranormal...but where does time-travel fit in there if it's driven by magic, not science? Where does steampunk fit? Or historical urban fantasy? Or dystopian fantasy set in real-world places? How much do urban fantasy and paranormal romance overlap? And other than the age of the protagonist, some YA crosses over to adult readers. A few months ago, I added a new catch-all category--"genre-blenders"--and split YA books into their genre category.
I'm glad I don't have to shelve books in a brick-and-mortar store. What a nightmare! When I go to a bookstore, I gravitate to the fantasy section, looking for urban fantasy, and usually skipping over anything with a dragon on it. But I also love reading paranormal romance as long as it has a strong UF storyline running behind the romance (Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, for example)--yet I rarely wander into the romance aisles because I don't read contemporary or sweet or historicals.
As a reader, do you look at genre? How do you find the books you want to read--from review websites or magazines? (Of course you can always come here on Mondays and see what's coming--LOL.)
Leave a comment with your answers--and if you have a blended genre you like, what is it? I'll be choosing one commenter to win a copy of one of my favorite "genre-benders" recently, Rod Rees' The Demi-Monde: Winter. It's the first in series just now being published in the U.S., and it's a mind-boggler. Kind of futuristic. Kind of urban fantasy. Kind of...well, a genre-bender.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Demi-Monde is the most advanced simulation ever devised. Thirty million people ruled by history's cruellest tyrants, locked in eternal civil conflict. The intention: to create the closest thing to Hell, and prepare soldiers for the nightmarish environment of war. But something has gone badly wrong. Reinhard Heydrich or at least a simulacrum resembling the Nazi monster has kidnapped the President's daughter from the Real-World and concealed her within the Demi-Monde, making it impossible for the program to be switched off. This achieved, he has cut off all contact with reality. It falls to Ella Thomas, a young jazz singer, to infiltrate Heydrich's virtual domain and rescue the missing girl. But once inside she will discover that everything in the Demi-Monde is not as it seems, and that the Real-World may be in more danger than everyone outside realises...The Demi-Monde: Winter introduces readers to one of the most believable, almost extravagantly detailed worlds ever created, where history's most fascinating figures and cruellest tyrants rub shoulders with a rich cast of characters. In a fast-paced, action-packed narrative Rod Rees manages to explore some of life's deepest dilemmas, and suffuses the story throughout with wit and humour.
Want to win a copy? Let's talk genre today! What's your favorite--or do you just like what you like? And how do you find the books you want to read? You know the drill: one entry for comment; one for blog follow; one for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and one for Tweeting or Retweeting the contest.