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Perry's The Essex Serpent longlisted for £30k Dylan Thomas Prize

Waterstones' 2016 Book of the Year, <i>The Essex Serpent</i> by Sarah Perry, has been longlisted for the £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize.<p>The prize, …

Top 10 books about the apocalypse

Weaponised flu, hoax bombs that start exploding, totalitarian America and brain-thirsty zombies – here’s a flood of fictional world endings – and one that’s real<p>The apocalypse – the literal end of the world – has long captured humanity’s dark imagination. Is it because the end of life on Earth is …

Books

10 Great Novels on Freedom of Expression That Aren’t 1984

Recently I spent a while looking through a lot of novels in a New York bookstore. Two words that caught my eye among all the descriptions of plot on …

Story of the other writer

I started Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan tetralogy all jumbled up. A book store had a special order of the Europa editions of her novels in English …

Like salad for the soul

This term at school, my ten-year-old son is learning about similes, metaphors and poetry. “My eyes are dark like the night,” he wrote this week, as …

Emma Watson Leaves Books For London Tube Riders to Find

A video posted by Emma Watson (@emmawatson) on Nov 1, 2016 at 2:40pm PDT<p><b>Emma Watson</b> has been participating in the Books On The Underground movement. …

Books

Doctor Strange: Watched the Marvel film? Now, enter the world of the comic book

Nov,06 2016 08:58:35 IST<p>With terms like superhero and comic-book movie fatigue floating around on the internet, the stakes were high for <i>Doctor …

10 provocative political novels to read after the election

The long 2016 presidential election should be coming to an end later today, and the uncertainty over the future that has dominated this election cycle has gotten me thinking about the connections between science fiction and politics.<p>Politics are woven into the genre’s DNA. Many of the genre’s best …

Zadie Smith’s novel Swing Time to release on Nov 15 to high expectations

The Orange Prize-winning author Zadie Smith’s latest book, Swing Time, which has already received advance praise from critics, will be on sale online …

The Purpose Of Being A Serious Writer

The purpose of being a serious writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something beautiful, though one might do those things anyway. …

The decline of comics – archive, 9 November 1982

<b>9 November 1982:</b> Ironically, while the market for comics is depressed, comic books flourish as never before<p>Comics are going through a bad patch. Recent surveys have shown that eleven year olds, usually their most avid readers, are now more likely to prefer books, and there is also evidence that …

A Book Doesn’t Have to Be Long to Win an Award

The National Book Award for fiction is one of the highest honors a writer can receive. Like most of the literary establishment, the winners are …

Books

'Virgin and Other Stories' Is a Brilliant Book About Sex and God in the South

We caught up with debut author April Ayers Lawson to talk about her beautifully disturbing new collection of stories.<p>I first met April Ayers Lawson in 2012. She was kind enough to write me about a story of mine that she had liked. This was especially flattering, considering that her own story, …

Time I

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Reveals Why She Loves ‘iZombie’

Stephenie Meyer is an “iZombie” fan!<p>The 42-year-old writer, best known for her vampire romance novel series “Twilight,” revealed her love for the CW …

True stories are grabbing the Oscar spotlight from novels like never before

Once upon a time in Hollywood, the big-screen adaptation of a cherished novel was moviedom's fair-haired boy. Its most statuette-worthy status symbol. Its premium product.<p>Come awards season each year for three-quarters of a century, such literary adaptations would swan into theaters like glamorous …

Dev Patel

J.K. Rowling keeps her cool during election, calmly destroys Twitter trolls

LONDON — J.K. Rowling has been incredibly vocal throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and the night of the election was no exception.<p>As a …

The Melting Pot where book lovers can browse book reviews, discover new literature for bookshelves, recommend good reads and talk about books, books and books.

‘Shelter’ is the debut novel of Jung Yun, a Korean-American and assistant professor of English at the George Washington University. The book has …

Helen Oyeyemi

April 2016<p>Oyeyemi struggles against the confines of the short story in pieces that range from beautiful, simple fables to tricksy fantasies<p>Published: 27 Apr 2016<p>October 2015<p>Helen Oyeyemi’s fifth novel finds her treating the horrors of racism in 1950s America with gentle, magical style<p>Published: 4 …

22 Authors on Trump: Critical Linking, November 7, 2016

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Swoon Reads.<p><i>Margaret Atwood: He brings out the temper-tantrum-throwing willful brat in all of us. ‘Why can’t</i> …

Why the Gunslinger Is a Major 'Westworld' Clue, Not an Easter Egg

Yul Brynner's Gunslinger from director Michael Crichton's source material made a brief cameo in "The Adversary."<p>In “The Adversary,” the befuddled …

Star Trek

Sony Developing S.J. Kincaid’s Thriller ‘The Diabolic’ as Movie

Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach are developing a movie based on S.J. Kincaid’s sci-fi thriller “The Diabloic.”<p>The studio bought the movie rights in a …

Action Movies

Booker finalist Thien wins top Canada fiction prize

TORONTO (Reuters) - Man Booker Prize finalist Madeleine Thien on Monday won Canada's Giller Prize, the country's richest fiction award, for "Do Not Say We Have Nothing", about a young woman's flight from China after the Tiananmen Square protests.<p>The C$100,000 ($74,700) prize was awarded in Toronto …

The 7 Best Motivational Books of 2016

While 2016 was a difficult year politically, it was a great year for motivational books.<p>During this month and next, I'm revealing my picks for the best business books of the year, first by category and finally (on December 16) the very best of the best.<p>This post contains the top seven books of the …

Motivation

The 14 Best Poetry Debuts Of The Last 5 Years

Is it just me, or are people making more room for poetry on their bookshelves these days? With an increasing number of contemporary poets appearing …

26 Very Long Books Worth the Time They’ll Take to Read

Binge-watching is easy; just drag the laptop into bed and go. But savoring a book of, say, 800 pages or longer is a <i>project</i>. No book that size is …

7 Books That Explore the Boundaries of Language

The film “Arrival,” based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life,” follows a group of scientists as they attempt to determine a way to communicate with aliens who have recently made their presence known on Earth. It’s the stuff of classic science fiction, but in Chiang’s hands, it turns …