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15 Must-Read Sapphic & Lesbian Novels

Lesbian authors are paving the way when it comes to genre and boundary pushing, writing dark and toxic love stories and unlikeable women protagonists. When looking at lesbian novels and the art put out by lesbian authors, you see the darkest kinds of gothic fiction, as well as the brightest dedications to love and kindness. …

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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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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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16 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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15 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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