Thursday, April 9, 2015

Name That Genre #11

TITLE: YA
GENRE: Secret

Some Timekeepers saw the Schedules as a rigid set of rules never to be broken, but I always figured a little bit of creative interpretation never hurt anyone.

The dust was thick in the air and heavy on my tongue as I inhaled. With every breath, history took root in my lungs. A flowery perfume tried to hide the musty scent, but the smell of years long gone still lived on in the antique store.

“Change of plans,” I said as my assignment partner rounded the corner of the aisle. He jumped out of the way to avoid sending a teetering pile of old magazines crashing to the floor.

“Mik, you always do this.” Trent closed his eyes and sighed. “What was wrong with the original plan?”

“Too simple for a guy like that.” My gaze drifted over towards our target. “We’ll need something a little more drastic to get through his thick skull.”

32 comments:

  1. Fantasy

    I like this - sounds like the Timekeepers are sort of angels sent to help or influence people. I would keep reading.

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  2. I Can't Tell

    Capitalized 'Timekeepers'/etc and mixing of typical/atypical names like Mik & Trent could make it Dystopian, Fantasy, Steampunk/etc and there weren't any other specific markers to narrow it down.

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  3. My guess would be Fantasy because of "Timekeepers." I would need more information to specify further; maybe dystopian or urban fantasy? I love the second paragraph, by the way -- really nicely written.

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  4. Fantasy. With the word 'Timekeepers' I couldn't imagine it being anything else. Then, in the last sentence, he mentions using something to get through his thick skull. I'm thinking this is some kind of creature - not human.

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  5. Fantasy.

    "Timekeepers", "Schedules".

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    1. based on these "rules" and "timekeepers." society has a strictness, technology has a steampunk ring

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  8. Sci Fi
    Timekeepers and Schedules sounds to me like world building for a sci fi adventure.

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  9. Sci Fi
    Timekeepers and Schedules sounds to me like world building for a sci fi adventure.

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  10. Sci-Fi.

    I think. This is based on the Timekeepers and Schedules and the assignment partner.

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  11. SCIENCE-FICTION.

    It's because the timekeepers have been a recurrent theme in SF, not in Fantasy.

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  12. Sci Fi - the Timekeepers, Schedule, and "assignment partner".
    the 2nd paragraph seemed a little out of keeping with the flow of the rest of these first words - can't tell if it's backstory or reflection but not as active as the rest of the opening - perhaps reconsider its placement?

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  13. I can't tell. I like it, it's pulling me in, but so far with the Timekeeper and Schedule and the contemporary setting, it is leaning towards sci-fi, but could still veer into fantasy.

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  14. I can't tell. I like it, it's pulling me in, but so far with the Timekeeper and Schedule and the contemporary setting, it is leaning towards sci-fi, but could still veer into fantasy.

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  15. Fantasy

    Timekeepers, assignment partner. I would guess contemporary or urban fantasy because it takes place in an antique store. Seems to involve time travel and a mysterious group that's somehow involved in "making right what once went wrong."

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  16. Fantasy

    Time travel perhaps. It has a steampunky feel to it.

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  17. Steampunk?

    It's a bit of a stretch from 'timekeeper' to steampunk, but there's not much else to go on but magazines.

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  18. Sci Fi, Dystopian, or Urban Fantasy.
    This excerpt sounds like role-playing, maybe. It's tactile. The terminology sounds like
    they're part of an oppressed society.

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  19. Fantasy
    Due to the Timekeepers and Schedules.

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  20. Sci-Fi

    Timekeepers and a rigid schedule suggests time travelling, steampunk, or some other type of sci-fi trope.

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  21. Fantasy

    due to the time-keepers, schedule, "flowery" language in the second paragraph, and the possibly non-human creature with the thick skull.

    My second thought was sci-fi, because all of the above could also point to sci-fi, except the poetic description of the dust/weight of history which definitely feels more fantasy.

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  22. Steaming.

    The timekeepers

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    1. Steampunk.

      Damn you autocorrect

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  23. Fantasy.

    Because of "Timekeepers" and "Schedules."

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  24. Dystopian. Seems futuristic and like they are on some kind of patrol.

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  25. Timekeepers. Schedules, but also the use of the word magazines and history. An antique store setting. Sounds like a time-traveling Fantasy to me.

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  26. Fantasy/time travel. Timekeepers.

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  27. Fantasy.

    Because of Timekeepers, schedules, rules, and set in an antique shop.

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  28. Fantasy because a world is being created with timekeepers and schedules

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  29. Most of you were right!
    It's Science-Fiction, though some fantasy elements come into play later in the novel!

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