July brings two genres I myself am not very familiar with! I tend to stick to my fantasy books so this challenge is a great way for me (and you!) to discover different genres and authors.
This month, our genres are:
This genre of fiction focuses on stories in which one or more historical events happen differently. These books deal with a lot of “what if” scenarios related to crucial points in history and present outcomes that aren’t part of the history we know. What if Hitler didn’t succeed? What if JFK wasn’t assassinated? What would our present be like today? Goodreads has list of books under this genre and some that come to mind include 11/22/63 by Stephen King, the Temaraire series by Naomi Novik, and Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.
For this genre, I’m planning to read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. I’ve been meaning to read this book for months so this is the perfect time to do it!
I didn’t even know this genre existed before I started doing research for this challenge but this genre is well-known for crossing boundaries between sci-fi/fantasy and mainstream literary fiction. Say whaaaat? I know! According to Wikipedia, Slipstream “falls between speculative fiction and mainstream fiction” and not all novels use elements of sci-fi/fantasy.
Not knowing anything about this genre, I consulted good ol’ Goodreads for some recommendations. Here’s a list of popular slipstream books if you’re as lost as I am. A number of Haruki Murakami’s books are on the list, along with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter-house Five. As for me, I’m thinking of picking up Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.
Do any books come to mind when you think of these genres? I’d love to know if you’re planning to participate!