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'Borderline' Is Urban Fantasy With A Cinematic Punch

Chances are, if you don't have firsthand acquaintance with neurodiversity, disability or mental illness, your ideas of what they can look like come from films or books that get made into films. This is certainly true of me: I first learned about autism and schizophrenia from films that grossly …

'The Yid' Blends Soviet Fact And Fiction

Paul Goldberg's audacious first novel begins at 2:37 a.m. on Feb. 24, 1953, when a Black Maria, a car used to transport prisoners through the night, leaves the "improbably tall, castle-like gates" of Lubyanka, Moscow's KGB headquarters and prison. Three men — a state security officer and two young …

'Medusa's Web' Tangles The Occult And Old Hollywood

Rain is falling when siblings Scott and Madeline Madden return to Caveat — the sprawling Los Angeles estate where they grew up — at the start of Tim Powers' <i>Medusa's Web</i>. As it should. Powers, a versatile author who's as adept at Gothic horror as he is at science fiction, historical fantasy, and …

Books To Read While You Wait For George R.R. Martin To Finish 'GoT'

There are other books in the sea.<p>George R.R. Martin recently ‘fessed up that the final installment of <i>Game of Thrones</i> won’t be done anytime soon -- or at least not quickly enough to please his ravenous fans, whose love for him has proven to have limits.<p>If you’re of the hungrier and hungrier …

Books

19 Great Australian Books From 2015

From short stories to thrillers and true stories, 2015 was a pretty great year.

The 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015

2015 has been a truly great year for fantasy, with a number of stunning debuts, startlingly original standalones, and excellent new installments in beloved series.<p>Hawkins' fantastic debut novel <i>The Library at Mount Char</i> is the story of a deeply strange, highly unsettling family—the likes of which …

'The Blizzard' May Leave You Cold

Doctor Platon Ilich Garin, the protagonist of Vladimir Sorokin's <i>The Blizzard</i>, needs a ride. He has in his possession a vaccine to end a zombie outbreak in a distant village, where the dead are rising from beneath the earth of the winter-frozen cemeteries. He is — so he thinks — single-minded in his …

Best Books of 2015 : NPR

Mastery And Mystery Mix It Up In 'Prado'

Just because we see something doesn't mean we understand it. Even more to the point, just because we find something beautiful doesn't mean we've understood it. These are messages underscored in in Javier Sierra's unusual, intriguing new novel <i>The Master of the Prado</i>, a work of fiction interleaved …

'Tales From The Loop' Doesn't Forget The Robots (Or The Dinosaurs)

All the best science fiction has giant robots in it. That's just wisdom.<p>All the best science fiction has spaceships. Has ray guns and maybe dinosaurs, too. Has a sense of clutching wonder that takes you right in the chest, stutters your heart, widens your eyes and sucks the breath right out of …

A Star-Crossed 'Scientific Fact': The Story Of Vulcan, Planet That Never Was

There's a common misconception that science is purely about cold, hard facts — concrete evidence, mathematical models and replicable experiments to explain the world around us.<p>It's easy to forget that there are peoplebehind the data and equations. And when people are involved, there is always room …

'All American Boys': A Young Adult Book About A Police Beating And A Hard Choice

It's art imitating life, really. <i>All American Boys</i> is a young adult novel that looks at a specific instance of police brutality from the perspectives of two high school classmates: Rashad, who is savagely beaten by a local policeman who (wrongly) suspects him of shoplifting and assaulting a white …

Barcelona's Women Make 'The Whispering City' Shine

What do you get when two academics from Frankfurt collaborate on a mystery novel set in mid-20th century Spain?<p>You might think the answer is "one snoozer of a read," but you'd be dead wrong (apologies; it <i>is</i> a mystery, though). <i>The Whispering City: Barcelona 1952</i>, written under the pen name Sara …

Books

'Your Brother's Blood' Gives New Life To The Undead

What does it take to make a zombie novel fresh and intriguing? Dozens of authors have tried to answer this question over the past few years, as the zombie wave swelled into a zombie glut. But few have deconstructed the genre with the heart and soul David Towsey has in <i>Your Brother's Blood</i>. First …

'The Night Clock' Ticks With Wit, Fright And Fantasy

Humor and horror taste great together, a fact Paul Meloy knows well. The British author's debut novel <i>The Night Clock</i> strikes exactly that balance, with the added perk of dark, far-flung fantasy. Set in contemporary England, it revolves around Phil Trevena, a 40-something who — like Meloy himself — …

New Release Interview: Jason Denzel Brings Us MYSTIC

<b>Shawn Speakman: MYSTIC, your debut novel, is in fine bookstores today! Tell Suvudu readers about it and why you wrote it?</b>Jason Denzel: <b>Mystic</b> is a …

Fantasy Fiction

15 of Our Most Anticipated November YAs

November marks the beginning of “hibernate inside 500 sweaters reading” weather, and I’m not exactly complaining. Among this month’s most exciting …

22 Brilliant New Books You Should Read This Autumn

Required reading in October and November. UK release dates.<p>– Audrey Niffenegger<p>– Noy Holland

5 Great Books To Read In November

Some of the recent favorites we’ve reviewed in the BuzzFeed Books newsletter.

Slade House by David Mitchell review – gleeful, skin-crawling brilliance

Mitchell’s classic haunted house tale, which started life as a story on Twitter, finds him at his creepy best<p>There are good and bad things for me about reading (and reviewing) thrillers. Good, because I have an unquenchable thirst for being thoroughly frightened by fiction. Bad, because that fear …

3 Horror Classics Rise From The Grave For Halloween

Ghouls, ghosts, witches, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night: They've been a part of literature since the start. And every Halloween, a slew of spooky books are released to help commoditize the holiday. Penguin Classics hasn't shirked in its horrific duties: This month, the venerable …

Writing 'Career Of Evil' Gave Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) Nightmares

The arrival of a new mystery in a beloved series is always a much anticipated occasion — what's been happening with our favorite private eye? Has an admired police captain been promoted? Has a young lady hacker survived the vicissitudes of the last volume?<p>The third volume of the Cormoran Strike …

The Four-Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott, review: 'scattershot'

Laurence Scott, shortlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Jerwood Prize, sees the archetypal image for our world in the final frame of The Social Network, with Mark Zuckerberg withdrawn and alone in the world of his invention, Facebook, repeatedly stabbing “refresh” but unsure …

The Words After War Interview With Michael Pitre By Bryan Doerries

Michael Pitre's debut novel, <i>Fives and Twenty-Fives</i>, about a team of Marine combat engineers repairing potholes in western Iraq during the bloodiest year of the war, has been called "An unblinking, razor-edged portrait of the war... [A] deeply moving book," by Michiko Kakutani of <i>The New York Times</i> …

‘Beyond Redemption’ Author Michael R. Fletcher on His New Novel, Grimdark, and Sex Without Souls

<b>Michael R. Fletcher used to be in a rock band. Now he writes fantasy novels, but that doesn't mean that rock n' roll still doesn't shape his life. We</b> …

Mental Disorders

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg, review: 'too big and too narrow for life'

'How was it possible for a book to be as big as life?" Mercer Goodman wonders towards the end of Garth Risk Hallberg's huge novel City on Fire. On the way to save his lover from being blown up by a revolutionary cell of punks, he is caught in the New York blackout of July 1977. He has also spent …

The Copernicus Complex by Caleb Scharf review – mind-blowing stuff

From the microscopic to the macroscopic, this is an original and gripping look at the universe and our place in it<p>Those who remember Douglas Adams’s <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i> will recall the Total Perspective Vortex, a device that shows the entire universe (cleverly extrapolated from a …

Recommended Reading: Monster Stories for Halloween

Fall is a wonderful time to read, rivaled only by lazy summer beach reading. The weather is getting cooler and the air is crisper. Kitchens warm with baked apple treats and pumpkin reigns in pastries and beverages alike. October in particular has a special spooky charm, especially when the leaves …

The Future is Now: 6 Books About Time Travel

Obviously yesterday was a big day. A day of hoverboards and the Cubs winning the Series. I’m obviously talking about Back to the Future Day, the day …

13 Horror Comics That Will @#$%&! You Up

These stories aren't creepy. They're traumatizing.<p><b>A word of warning… most of these books are really unsettling, but also pretty difficult to get a hold of. Only those with strong hearts should google each of these horror manga to read more about them and find translations of the stories online.</b>