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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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12 Essential Adult Manga for Mature Readers

Calling something adult manga or mature manga is a pretty broad church that can cover a lot of different genres, themes, topics, and stories. For that reason, this list is going to be exactly that: a broad church. On this list of adult manga, you’re going to find stories of all different genres and styles. …

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Why the Tokyo Revengers Manga is a Must-Read

The Tokyo Revengers manga is written and drawn by Ken Wakui. It began its run in 2017 but caught the eyes of new readers when the anime adaptation dropped in 2021. For this particular manga recommendation, I’m going to get a little personal and informal (lots of Is and Mes) because it’s the only way …

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15 Essential Books by Latin American Women Writers

It seems as if Latin American literature has always been dominated by men, especially when it comes to translation: you get your Borges, Cortázar, Rulfo, García Márquez, Neruda, Bolaño, and so many more. But Latin American women have always been there, writing fantastic fiction that has defied stereotypes and allowed them to imagine a different …

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12 Essential Short Story Collections by Women

Short stories are a unique medium within fiction. They require specific skills to plot and structure, and they have the power to leave a special impact on the reader. Often, nothing stays with us as well as a powerful short story. For this reason, it’s important to highlight and celebrate the best and most essential …

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13 Must-Read Sci-Fi Books by Women

The genres of fantasy and science fiction literature have often been associated with male authors (with notable exceptions like Ursula Le Guin and Octavia Butler). That trend, however, has shifted in recent years, with many of the most celebrated and award-winning sci-fi authors being women and non-binary writers. So, let’s explore some of the very …

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22 Unique Literary Gifts for Book Lovers & Writers (2022)

Is there anything better than a bookish gift? So many of us grew up as bookworms: living in fantasy worlds, escaping reality through the pages of our books, and much of that was because the real world just doesn’t measure up. But these days, we have thousands of creative bookworms out there bringing to life …

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