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  •  Don't apologize, it is true. Even Parker Bilal, (4+ / 0-)

    who I wrote about a few weeks back, agrees with some of what you are saying:

    "Literary fiction is in a twilight world, where no one knows how to judge it or what works. There's a fatigue: no one really gets it any more. Most of it goes unread. Crime has an audience, so it allows me to write. It's a pressure valve to release stories that would otherwise go untold."
    People read crime novels, and I for one, welcome the rich variety that has sprung up in this genre over the past few years. (Although, come to think of it, Asimov rote his Robot series some years back and Les Miserables also has elements of a crime novel as well and that was written even further back in time.)
    •  Have you ever read (3+ / 0-)

      Connie Willis's time travel novel, To Say Nothing of the Dog?

      It's a tribute to Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Dog, which I have also read, but I gotta say: I like Connie better.

      It ain't a murder mystery, no ma'am. What it is, it's time travel, like I said. But at one point, the continuum drops the main character into a London bookshop in the 1930s.

      And his love interest is all about Dorothy Sayers.

      Really, Susan, if you haven't read it, you really MUST. You will adore it.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:01:42 PM PDT

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