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Fiction Suggestions

Mystery fiction features a crime (often a murder) to be solved by either a professional or amateur detective. Clues are provided by the author throughout the story, leading both the reader and the detective to identify the perpetrator of the crime.

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Historically, romance or chivalric romance refers to a style of heroic prose and verse narrative. Modern day romance novels denote a primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people; these novels must have an 'emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending'.

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Chick lit is fiction written for, and marketed to, young women. The books feature modern, fashion-conscious female characters, usually in their twenties and thirties, and follow their romantic and professional lives. The books typically feature urban settings, a light, irreverent tone, and frank sexual themes.

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Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as primary elements of plot, theme, and setting. Fantasy literature often takes place in a fictional world where magic and magical beings are commonplace. This genere is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of technological and macabre themes.

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Contemporary Fiction generally covers works written since the Second World War, but this perception can shift depending on who is defining it. Because of its enormous diversity, it tackles numerous issues such as human relationships, time and narrative, race and ethnicity, and it involves current or very recent history and ideas.

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Historical Fiction is stories that often portray alternate accounts or dramatization of historical figures and events. Set in a specific time and place in history, the real and invented characters' stories reflect the spirit, manners and social conditions of the time.

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Science fiction novels are best described as the literature of "what if". They take our current, future and sometimes even our past world and describe what could happen if science was more advanced. Science fiction has many sub-genres and is itself part of a larger area of fiction known as speculative fiction.

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Suspense-thriller novels typically evoke great excitement. It is a genre of fiction in which tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary heroes are pitted against villains determined to destroy them, their country, or the stability of the free world. The plots are intense and fast-paced, and may be set in a wide variety of worlds.

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