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The world of fantasy fiction has been turned on its head in recent years by authors who are pushing boundaries and blurring lines. The distance between fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and fairy tales has been reduced, and it’s all for the better. Modern fantasy books are wholly unique and exciting stories for this reason. Exciting Modern …

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The vampire has had an enormous legacy in literature, one that began with Carmilla and Dracula, and has gone through dozens of changes since. The popularity of vampire books peaks every few years, with the vampire itself being redefined and reimagined. We’re going to look here at generations of vampire books, which includes both vampire …

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When we think of Norwegian literature, a specific idea comes to mind: Norwegian novels are often about isolation; they are gritty, noir affairs. This is in part thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the Norwegian crime drama (both in prose and on TV), but also because even the more literary Norwegian novels are often bleak …

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American author Stephen King is considered the undisputed master of horror, with as many published works as he has years on this Earth. But King is far from the only great horror author writing today, so here are some of the best horror books by writers far and wide. Essential Modern Horror Books Beyond the …

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Dutch literature has a great legacy behind it, but contemporary Dutch novels also stand out with their radical and political themes. When looking at modern European literature in translation, English language readers often celebrate novels from French and German, but Dutch has a habit of being overlooked. Must-Read Dutch Novels Here are some of the …

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Sci-fi novels lend themselves particularly well to the audiobook format. The atmosphere that can be created so elegantly by a single voice in your head really enhances the sci-fi tropes of isolation, artificial intelligence, and discovery. This also means that sci-fi audiobooks are something of a double-edged sword. Unless they’re performed perfectly by the right …

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When we think of fantasy books, a few ideas and images start popping off in our minds like fireworks: war, politics, magic, adventure. The best fantasy audiobooks are imbued with enough energy and bombast to carry those big ideas. We also think of length. Most fantasy books are of a pretty impressive length (the word …

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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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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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