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Will Heath

Will predominantly writes about the books of Books and Bao, examining the literature of a place and how the authors have used the art of storytelling to reflect the world and the culture around them.

14 Best Modern Sci-fi Novels to Read Now

During the 21st Century, we’ve seen the genre of science fiction expand and evolve in exciting new ways. Authors are pushing boundaries, blending genres, revisiting classic themes with fresh eyes and perspectives. There’s so much to be excited about when it comes to modern sci-fi novels. Essential Modern Sci-fi Novels Whether you’re an aficionado of …

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10 Essential Modern Mexican Novels

Mexico is one of the great literary nations of the world; home to some of the most celebrated poets and novelists of all time. Here, rather than focus on the classics and the poetry, we’re celebrating the finest modern Mexican novels by the best contemporary Mexican authors. The Best Modern Mexican Novels If you want …

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17 Best Agatha Christie Books (Ranked)

Agatha Christie wrote a lot of books, all while pushing the boundaries of genre and setting. She remains the queen of the murder mystery, but her novels also breach territories like the gothic, noir, and romantic genres. Labelling the best Agatha Christie books is a challenge for this reason, and no two people will ever …

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10 Best Tattoo Shops in Glasgow

With Glasgow being a big, loud city — a place of art, culture, and style — it’s no surprise that the best tattoo shops in Glasgow represent the peak of art and artistry in Scotland. The tattoo artists of Glasgow are varied, with broad imaginations and incredible skill. They’re leading the charge when it comes …

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10 Best Tattoo Shops in Edinburgh (2022)

Edinburgh is one of the great arts capitals of the world. Home to some of history’s greatest writers; it’s a gothic, atmospheric place bursting at the seams with art and imagination. With Edinburgh being one of our favourite cities in the world, we had to celebrate the breadth of its tattoo art here. These are …

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13 Incredible Icelandic Books in Translation

Iceland is a nation celebrated the world over for its history of storytelling. Narratives and folk tales run deep in Iceland, so it’s no surprise that Icelandic books are some of the very best. Thanks to feminist Icelandic authors like Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Nobel Prize winners like Halldór Laxness, Iceland’s literary legacy is strong …

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12 Essential Historical Manga to Read Now

Historical fiction is a genre that provides readers with fun from all angles, and that is especially true for historical manga. The genre is like a partially-painted canvas that comes already detailed with lore and language and aesthetics (architecture, costumes, inventions, traditions, and more). But using that canvas, authors and creators can layer whatever they …

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17 Best Fantasy Manga (New + Old)

Fantasy is one of the most exciting genres of fiction, whether that be across manga, prose, film, or TV. That said, fantasy manga (like all fantasy fiction) can fall into a formula if we’re not careful; a formula where certain specific tropes are expected to be found. This attitude towards fantasy manga isn’t particularly exciting, …

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The Mieruko-chan Manga is a must-read!

Mixing horror and comedy is nothing new, but with the Mieruko-chan manga, writer-artist Tomoki Izumi is doing something truly fresh and exciting. In manga and anime, horror is a well-trodden genre. In fact, the king of that genre, Junji Ito, is arguably the best horror writer working today (sorry Stephen King fans). But fans of …

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14 Best Modern Gothic Novels (by Women)

Gothic fiction has a long and lively legacy. It’s a surprisingly broad style that often crosses genre and thematic boundaries, and one that we often associate with the past, but modern gothic novels are everywhere, and they’re amazing. Essential Modern Gothic Novels by Women When we think of the gothic, names like Mary Shelley, Emily …

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