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Happy Hogan 
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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Tue May 17, 2022 at 12:54:28 am EDT (Viewed 84 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 10:55:00 am EDT (Viewed 84 times)




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      Way back in the day I used to read mystery/detective stories, along with science fiction. I found Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine at a local used bookstore.



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    I go through phases where I read murder mysteries. This usually coincides with me frequenting the local library. I don't want to spend money on murder mysteries, but I'll read them if I can get them for free, like via the local library.


It didn't have to be a MURDER mystery for me. It could be a robbery, con game, anything that needs a detective to figure out what's going on. It also doesn't have to be a police detective or private eye. The 'detective' of the story can be a teacher, a doctor, shopkeeper, student, construction worker, etc.
I'm not one to often commit to reading a lot of long novels. EQMM is a collection of short story mysteries by various authors. It was like a reading buffet for me. I could see which authors and characters were my taste. I also got them very cheap from the bookstore. (BTW, I still read more short stories than novels.)


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      I also read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy after seeing it on my local PBS station, along with various Star Trek short stories collections.



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    When I belatedly became a fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I didn't want it to end with the final season, so I started reading novels set in that framework. I liked them a lot.


I was also sorry to see DS9 end. That setting of a space station allowed for characters that would never have worked onboard series based on a federation ship, like Quark or Garek. Those two characters would fit in very well in a mystery story.







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