30 Days of Genre

Day 15 โ€“ The cover from your current (or most recent) genre read
I’m again in the middle of three books, one in print, one audio and one ebook:

Hmm. These are all historical fantasy. I hadn’t even realized that. I’ve also recently finished listening to Stephenson’s Quicksilver so it has been a real historical fantasy rut for me.

Day 16 โ€“ Genre novel with the most intriguing plot
I don’t really read for plot. While reading, I don’t necessarily even notice if the book has plot holes. I read for characters and the setting.

Luckily, I just posted about books with the most outrageous plot twists. So, today my answer will be The Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold for making one of Miles’ lies true.

Day 17 โ€“ Favorite antagonist

You don’t read much, do you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

For some reason the best villains seem to come from TV and movies. Who can best Darth Vader or the Mayor from Buffy or Scorpius from Farscape or Ares from Xena or the Terminators? Or Dr. House who seems to be both the protagonist of the series and the antagonist for all the other characters?

One of the problem with good antagonists is that we don’t usually spend much time with them. Unless he or she is, for example, the main character’s best friend. Most of the time we read about the hero/ine trying to bring down the antagonist. Also, in many series the villains change while the heroes continue.

But there are a few colorful and memorable villains in books, too. Most of the ones the spring quickly to my mind are from the mystery side: Professor Moriarty and Sethos from the Amelia Peabody series. Dracula is, of course, a classic although he was a bit of a disappointment to me in the end: instead of fighting he just fled.

However, I’m going to have to go with Brandon Sanderson’s Lord Ruler. He starts out as a pretty standard dark lord and turns out to be… well, I won’t spoil it for you. ๐Ÿ™‚