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The Nature Of Reading: 10 Influences On The Southern Reach Trilogy

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 8:12 AM

"To me everything is supernatural." - British naturalist Robert Jeffries

The Southern Reach Trilogy chronicles more than thirty years of the attempt to understand Area X, a seemingly pristine wilderness in which strange things are happening. Area X is surrounded by an invisible border with only one point...

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The 13 Of The Weirdest Short Stories Ever Written

(22) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 3:27 PM

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories [Tor, $29.99] contains 110 tales from the past 100 years of weird fiction collected in a single volume of over 750,000 words. Over 20 nationalities are represented and seven new translations were commissioned for the book. This is the...

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Political Fiction on Economic Crisis, 9-11: Slattery's Liberation and DeLillo's Falling Man

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2008 | 11:52 AM

Watching the peculiar, sometimes horrifying, "maverick" soap opera that is this year's election season, with an economic meltdown as a backdrop, I realize just how tough it is right now for writers of political fiction. It's tough to match the kind of stunningly unpredictable quality of our current reality, to...

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Summer Political Fiction: From Jessica Z to Black Clock 9

(8) Comments | Posted August 14, 2008 | 12:39 PM

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Man-eating sharks, James Bond-style villains with snow-white lap cats, superheroes in capes and tights saving the world. Mmmm, yes. Summer reading. The potent fantasy of sitting on the beach or by the pool -- or at home with a hand-made paper umbrella...

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