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A new J.R.R. Tolkien book hits shelves, 100 years after it was conceived

Good news for "Lord of the Rings" fans: A new book by J.R.R. Tolkien hit shelves Thursday, a century after the fantasy author first started working on it.<p>"Beren and Lúthien," a story that Tolkien recounted in a chapter of his posthumously published "The Silmarillion," was edited by his son …

Literature

10 Long Books To Read When You Need An Emotional Escape

People often say the word "escapist" like it's a bad thing. "Escapist" fiction is almost always code for "cheesy romance," or "pulpy detective …

Prime Books Reveals the Contents of The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2017, edited by Rich Horton

Yesterday Prime Book publisher Sean Wallace announced the Table of Contents for the ninth (ninth!) volume of Rich Horton’s <b>Year’s Best Science Fiction</b> …

Science Fiction

This website recommends novels by making sure you can’t judge a book by its cover

There’s an old adage that says “don’t judge a book by its cover.” And while that’s usually used metaphorically to discourage making judgements of a person or situation based on initial impressions, there’s no reason why you couldn’t interpret it literally to refer to actually judging works of …

Books I love and recommend for writers

These are some of the books I love and recommend for writers. These have been the most useful to me on my own writing journey.<p><b>Books on Writing and</b> …

Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things

Every story comes down to just one thing. Know what it is? Conflict’s a good guess (“no conflict, no story” and all that), but before a story can …