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Re: Destroyer novels?

Poster: Caitlin Cheannlaidir <caitlin@phosphor-ink.com>

At 02:00 PM 11/19/98 -0800, Garrett, William wrote:

>" Um, excuse me....<cough> but, er.........What's a Destroyer Novel?"
>After asking his question, he ducks behind the table and turtles up,
>awaiting the onslaught of comments on his lack of knowledge concearning
>literary masterpieces...........

The Destroyer series, which was over 100 books and growing when I last read
one some years ago, is one of the finest exemplars of formula fiction.
There is a very set formula for writing them, down to specific types of
sentences that begin specific chapters.  (You could even get the formula
from the publisher if you were a writer interested "ghosting" a book.)  The
first book, "Created, The Destroyer" was pretty good; those of us who read
them for years and years saw a pattern in which the first book and
subsequent books divisible by 3 were better than the others. They tended to
satirize specific aspects of modern culture and in general well repay
reading outloud.

--Caitlin Cheannlaidir

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