LITERATURE

Literature: The Top 7 Gothic Horror Novels of All Time

By Bill Gothic Fiction (often called Gothic Horror, even when not exactly a horror novel) is a genre of fiction that has existed since the 1700s and still proves very popular to this day. It was particularly popular among the Victorians who produced many excellent examples of it. With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I’d…
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Literature: The Top 10 Booker Prize Winning Novels So Far …

By Bill Back at the dawn of this blog (which is only a few months … ) I did a list that detailed the books that I felt should have won the Booker prize, but didn’t. Today, with the announcement of this year’s award just hours away, I thought I’d celebrate the prize and the…
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Literature: Recommendation – The Belgariad by David Eddings

By James I love fantasy. I love everything about it. The escapism, the creatures, the characters, the magic ... all of it. Now, I’ll get it out of the way now and say that I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings. Yes, I know… It’s terrible. I will read it, I promise. I don’t…
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Literature: The Top 10 Novels by Nobel Prize Winning Authors

By Bill The Nobel Literature prize is the most prestigious literary award in the world and has been running since 1901. Many of the greatest novelists, poets, politicians, journalists … and Bob Dylan … have won the award in its long history and I would like to champion some of the work from these great…
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Literature: Recommendation – The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

By Bill As of last Thursday, the UK had a new Nobel Literature laureate in the Japanese born, Kazuo Ishiguro. Although born abroad, he moved to England when he was five and has lived here ever since. He has written seven novels since 1982, with the most famous being the Booker prize winning The Remains…
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Literature: The Top 8 ‘Magical Realism’ Novels of All Time

By Bill I’m not going to get into the whole ‘what is magical realism?’ debate in any detail as I’ll be here until next year, so I will try to sum up this genre (sub-genre?) in a few words. Magical realism is actually tied to different cultures and their interaction with the west, as well…
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Film: The Rise Of Superheroes

By James Before university, my love for all things of interest to this blog was somewhat unfocused and random. Whilst I studied (or procrastinated rather), I developed a knowledge and understanding of the elements and aspects of these things that I enjoyed. One of the biggest was the growth of the superhero genre. In fact,…
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Literature: Top 10 Marvel Characters That I Want To See In Films

By James If you’ve followed us for any length of time then you’ll know that I have something of a fascination with superheroes. I love the action, the stories, their abilities, the escapism, and varying other aspects of their being. It wasn’t long ago that I ranked the Top 10 superhero films to date and…
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Literature: 6 Times Authors Predicted The Future

By James Predicting the future is something I’m sure we’d all like to be capable of. You could guess the lottery; stop a serious crime, or maybe just prevent your favourite glass from smashing - but alas, until we break the space-time continuum, it’s not likely to happen any time soon. That being said, there…
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