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Cheesepunk
30. Jul 2018 at 01:19
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We know that Mr. Blaylock has been credited with influencing and possibly originating "Steampunk".  However, some of his earliest stories, such as the Elfin Ship and its sequel (and prequel) do not really fit into that category at all.

They tend to get lumped in with works of "High Fantasy" but for me they convey a completely different type of mood and experience than other books in that genre.  

The solution, as I see it, is to create a new category for literature that presents an epic tale or quest, while retaining a light-hearted, almost farcical atmosphere.  I will take this moment to put forward the name "Cheesepunk" as a potential designation for this category, in honor of the author's mild obsession with cultured dairy products.
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Reply #1 - 26. Mar 2019 at 22:08
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At the risk of muddying the waters, not to mention the riverboat coffee, one could potentially divide Mr. Blaylock's genre-busting and genre-making career into several parts. Steampunk certainly is one such part, and I totally agree that Cheesepunk works well as a descriptor for other works. I'd like to suggest that Doughnutpunk might work for some of his other fiction. Some works had doughnuts featuring prominently, and serving almost as a connective tissue, or at the least a persistent and lovingly-rendered element that contributes a consistent flavor to the atmosphere of the stories.
I recognize that I might be taking things to a potentially illogical extreme with this, but I prefer to see it as a glazed, or perhaps old-fashioned, point of view. No sprinkles, though.
Anyway, visits to the doughnut shop, and a particular kind of doughnut shop, featured in a lot of stories. Granted, doughnuts were more prominent in some stories than others, but those references evoked a certain time and style that I've always found enticing.
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Reply #2 - 01. Apr 2019 at 10:58
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Take, for example, the eponymous monograph devoted to the doughnut:

http://www.sybertooth.com/blaylock/Doughnut.htm
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