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Title:
Genreflecting : a guide to reading interests in genre fiction
Author:
Herald, Diana Tixier.
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Edition:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Englewood, CO : Libraries Umlimited, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 553 pages ; 27 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781563086380
Format :
Book

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Summary

Covering nearly 6,000 titles in such popular genres as crime, adventure, romance, western, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Herald's best-selling reference defines each, describes its characteristics and subgenres, and groups authors and books according to type or subject. You'll also learn about some of the latest subgenres that have emerged.

Find the best read-alikes for patrons and build a fiction collection that appeals to the broad spectrum of readers that you serve with this thorough guide. Covering nearly 6,000 titles in such popular genres as crime, adventure, romance, western, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Herald's indispensable reference defines each, describes its characteristics and subgenres, and groups authors and books according to type or subject. You'll find everything you need to know about traditional genre literature, and you'll learn about some of the latest subgenres to emerge - e.g., virtual reality, bioengineering, and biothrillers. A entirely new chapter covers historical fiction, and there are also lists of resources for further research, including numerous genre-related online sources. Invaluable as a reader's guide, and as a resource for bookstore personnel, Herald's work will also be useful to publishers and writers of genre fiction.


Author Notes

DIANA TIXIER HERALD, a former readers' advisory librarian, is a consultant and lecturer from Grand Junction, Colorado, who specializes in genre fiction. She currently serves as Chair of the ALA Young Adult Services Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee and has been elected to the Margaret A. Edwards Committee.


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Booklist Review

(It is Booklist policy that a book written by a regular contributor receive a brief description rather than a recommending review.) Herald, editor of the Genreflecting Advisory series, has significantly expanded and updated this now classic resource. Eight fiction genres, including romance, westerns, fantasy, crime, and science fiction, are defined and divided into dozens of descriptive subgenres, in which nearly 6,000 titles are slotted to aid in collection development, research, and readers' advisory. --Donna Seaman


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface to the Fifth Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Chapter 1 Historicalp. 1
Advising the Readerp. 2
Why This Chapter?p. 2
Themes and Typesp. 3
Prehistoric Epics, Ancient Civilizations, and Precontact Native Americansp. 3
Asia, Africa, and the Antipodesp. 7
Europep. 8
The Americasp. 13
Sagasp. 17
Epicsp. 22
Topicsp. 22
Classics of Historical Fictionp. 22
Bibliographies and Encyclopediasp. 24
Writers' Manualsp. 25
Publishersp. 25
Awardsp. 25
Online Resourcesp. 26
D's Historical Picksp. 26
Chapter 2 Westernp. 27
Advising the Readerp. 28
Themes and Typesp. 29
Native Americansp. 29
Indian Captivesp. 31
Mountain Menp. 32
Wagons West and Early Settlementp. 33
Merchants and Teamstersp. 34
Mines and Miningp. 35
Law and Lawmenp. 35
Bad Men and Goodp. 36
Army in the Westp. 37
Texas and Mexicop. 38
Hired Man on Horsebackp. 39
Cattle Drivesp. 39
Cattle Kingdomsp. 40
Range Warsp. 40
Sheepmenp. 41
Land Rushp. 41
Railroadsp. 41
Buffalo Runnersp. 41
Unromanticizedp. 42
Picaresquep. 42
Comedy and Parodyp. 43
Coming of Agep. 44
Celebrity Charactersp. 45
African-Americans in the Westp. 46
Mormonsp. 47
Singular Womanp. 47
Romancep. 49
Young Adult Westernsp. 50
The West Still Livesp. 50
Eccentric Variationsp. 52
Sagasp. 53
Seriesp. 55
Topicsp. 57
Classic Authors of Westernsp. 57
Short Storiesp. 60
Bibliographies and Encyclopediasp. 61
History and Criticismp. 62
Organizationsp. 62
Awardsp. 62
Publishersp. 66
Online Resourcesp. 67
D's Western Picksp. 67
Chapter 3 Crimep. 69
History of the Genrep. 69
Themes and Typesp. 70
Detective Story and Detectivesp. 70
Suspensep. 116
Crime/Caperp. 122
Legal Thrillerp. 131
Topicsp. 134
Immortal Investigatorsp. 134
Biography of Fictional Detectivesp. 137
Best-Selling Authorsp. 138
Anthologiesp. 139
Hard-Boiled Detectivesp. 141
Women Detectivesp. 141
Detectives and Science Fictionp. 142
Bibliographiesp. 142
Historyp. 144
Criticismp. 144
Encyclopediasp. 147
Who's Who: Pseudonyms and Charactersp. 147
Writers' Manualsp. 148
Magazines and Fanzinesp. 148
Associations and Conventionsp. 148
Book Clubsp. 150
Publishersp. 150
Online Resourcesp. 152
D's Crime Picksp. 152
Chapter 4 Adventurep. 153
Themes and Typesp. 154
Spy/Espionagep. 154
Technothrillersp. 168
Biothrillersp. 173
Financial Intrigue/Espionagep. 174
Political Intrigue and Terrorismp. 176
Survivalp. 180
Male Romancep. 184
Military and Naval Adventurep. 189
Male-Action/Adventure Seriesp. 194
A Miscellanyp. 195
Topicsp. 198
Bibliographiesp. 198
Bio-Bibliographiesp. 198
History and Criticismp. 198
Journals and Associationsp. 198
Writers' Guidesp. 199
Publishersp. 199
D's Adventure Picksp. 199
Chapter 5 Romancep. 201
The Appeal of Romancep. 201
That Was Thenp. 202
Libraries and Romancep. 203
A Readers' Advisory Cautionp. 203
Themes and Typesp. 204
Contemporaryp. 204
Romantic-Suspensep. 216
Historical Romancep. 219
Fantasy and Science Fiction Romancep. 250
Ethnic Romancep. 255
Topicsp. 256
"Best" Authorsp. 256
Bibliographies and Biographiesp. 261
History and Criticismp. 262
Writers' Manualsp. 262
Review Journalsp. 263
Authors' Associationsp. 264
Awardsp. 264
Publishersp. 265
D's Romance Picksp. 266
Chapter 6 Science Fictionp. 267
Themes and Typesp. 268
Hard Sciencep. 270
New Wavep. 273
Ecologyp. 275
Messianic/Religiousp. 276
Dystopia/Utopiap. 279
Post-Apocalypsep. 280
Alternate and Parallel Worldsp. 283
Time Travel, Time Warpp. 285
Lost Worldsp. 289
Lost Colonyp. 290
Immortalityp. 290
Psionic Powersp. 291
Space Opera and Galactic Empiresp. 294
Militaristicp. 299
Space Travelp. 301
Alien Beingsp. 302
Computers, Automation, Artificial Intelligencep. 306
Cyberpunkp. 308
Virtual Realityp. 309
Robots, Androids, Cyborgsp. 310
Social Criticismp. 312
The Supermanp. 314
Women in Science Fictionp. 315
Bioengineeringp. 316
Love and Sexp. 317
Detectives in Science Fictionp. 319
Shared Worldsp. 323
Science Fantasyp. 323
Parody and Comedyp. 325
Topicsp. 326
"Best" Authors and Their Bestp. 326
Anthologiesp. 332
Bibliographiesp. 335
Encyclopediasp. 336
Dictionariesp. 337
Historyp. 337
Criticismp. 338
Writers' Manualsp. 339
Magazinesp. 339
Reviewsp. 339
Associations and Conventionsp. 340
Awardsp. 341
Locus Annual Best SF Novelp. 344
Science Fiction Book Clubsp. 345
Publishersp. 345
Online Resourcesp. 347
D's Science Fiction Picksp. 348
Chapter 7 Fantasyp. 349
Themes and Typesp. 350
Sword and Sorceryp. 350
Saga, Myth, and Legendp. 359
Fairy Talesp. 365
Humorousp. 368
A Bestiaryp. 371
World of Faeriep. 376
Contemporaryp. 378
Alternate and Parallel Worldsp. 381
Time Travelp. 392
Paranormal Powersp. 394
Graphic Novelsp. 396
Celebrity Charactersp. 397
Shared Worldsp. 398
Dungeons and Dragons and Other Role-Playing Game Worldsp. 406
Dark Fantasyp. 406
Fantasy Featuring Detectionp. 409
Romantic Fantasyp. 412
Topicsp. 412
Anthologiesp. 412
Bibliographies and Biographiesp. 415
Encyclopediasp. 416
Guides and Atlasesp. 416
History and Criticismp. 417
Journalsp. 417
Online Resourcesp. 417
Publishersp. 418
Organizations and Conventionsp. 419
Awardsp. 420
D's Fantasy Picksp. 422
Chapter 8 Horrorp. 423
Themes and Typesp. 425
Classic Authorsp. 425
The Occult and Supernaturalp. 426
Ghostsp. 429
Cosmic Paranoiap. 431
Stephen Kingp. 433
Demonic Possession and Exorcismp. 433
Haunted Housesp. 434
Satanism, Demonology, and Black Magicp. 435
Witches and Warlocksp. 436
Monstersp. 437
Vampiresp. 438
Animals Run Rampant, Werewolvesp. 440
Mind Controlp. 442
Medical Horror and Evil Sciencep. 442
Dark Fantasyp. 444
Apocalypsep. 445
Psychological Horrorp. 445
Splatterpunkp. 446
Detectives and Horrorp. 447
Comic Horrorp. 448
Topicsp. 448
Horror Grand Mastersp. 448
Short Storiesp. 449
Bibliographiesp. 453
Encyclopediasp. 453
History and Criticismp. 454
Conventionsp. 455
Organizationsp. 455
Awardsp. 455
Publishersp. 455
Review Journalsp. 456
Writers' Manualsp. 456
Online Resourcesp. 456
D's Horror Picksp. 457
Author/Title Indexp. 459
Subject Indexp. 529
Character Indexp. 543