Friday, November 14, 2014

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends

McArdle, M. M. (2014). The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends . Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1256-0

Publisher's Description
Genre fiction has always been a complex mixture of themes and elements. The increasing popularity of “genre blends,” or fiction that straddles the traditional labels, means greater pleasure for readers but a greater challenge for readers’ advisory. In this informative and entertaining book McArdle gets library staff up to speed on these engaging titles, showing how such crossover fiction appeals to fanbases of multiple genres. Complete with booklists, summaries, read-alikes, and thorough indexes, this guide
  • Covers suspense, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, and science fiction, as well as non-genre titles that don’t neatly fit into any categories
  • Offers guidance for shelving, displaying, and marketing genre blends
  • Shows how to make the most of online discovery tools in cataloging these titles
  • Includes “Blend MVPs,” a section spotlighting several popular authors who regularly move between genres, and a useful bibliography of additional resources
Providing a unique look at how common genres are often combined, this guide will open up new worlds of fiction to readers’ advisors and those whom they serve.

Table of Contents
Series Introduction
  1. Adrenaline Blends: Blends on the Edge of Your Seat
  2. Fantasy Blends: Blends with Magic
  3. Historical Fiction Blends: Blends from the Past
  4. Horror Blends: Blends that Give You Goosebumps
  5. Mystery Blends: Blends with a Puzzle
  6. Romance Blends: Blends that Are Looking for True Love
  7. Science Fiction Blends: Blends that Ask “What If?”
  8. Whole Collection Blends: Looking Beyond the Fiction Stacks for Blends
  9. Readers’ Advisory for Blends
A. Literary Fiction Blends
B. Genre Blending MVPs