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Time travel is an element of storytelling that offers potentially limitless possibilities, allowing writers to explore politics, romance, warfare, discovery, and more in ways we might never expect. Since 1895, with the publication of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (below), time travel stories in modern fiction have inspired and captivated readers around the world. It …

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Historical fiction is a brilliantly broad genre of fiction, with the potential to span so much of human history and culture. Because of this fact, many of the best historical fiction books come from far and wide — from Latin America to Japan, and everywhere in-between. But, of course, the UK has a particular affinity …

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Horror stories are important to us, but it can sometimes be difficult to say why. The voyeuristic thrill of seeing others in danger and fearing for their lives or their sanity; the unique opportunity to get close to death and danger while remaining safe. Horror is a genre like no other, and the best horror …

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Dark academia is more popular than ever before — a blend of literary fiction and genre fiction, gothic and grounded. Dark academia books come in many styles, but they all share the theme of, well, dark academia. Putting a firm definition of dark academia can be tricky but it generally involves places of higher education, …

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Of all the great genres of literature, thriller books can be some of the hardest to define and box into a specific style or collection of tropes. The best thriller books often tip into similar genres: mystery novels, horror novels, and crime novels. For that reason, you’ll find plenty of genre overlap here. But it’s …

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The allure of love, passion, and heart-stirring emotions has long drawn readers to the world of romance literature. This carefully curated collection of the best romance books promises to ignite your imagination and captivate your heart. From timeless classics to modern love stories, and spicy tales these romance books cater to every taste, whisking you …

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Fantasy books are, more often than not, very epic things. Expansive worlds with entire histories, all built out of the imaginations of a single author. When you have a fictional fantasy world with its own laws, politics, lore, traditions, and geography, it makes sense to want to make a series out of it. For that …

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British author Sir Terry Pratchett transformed the world of fantasy fiction with his Discworld. Much like how Douglas Adams injected humour and absurdism into science fiction, without removing any of the philosophy and political allegories, Pratchett did the same with fantasy. But when he passed, Sir Terry left us with forty-one Discworld novels; and if …

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Fantasy is a colossal genre that has had an enormous impact on the lives of its readers and fans. This is a fiercely beloved genre that goes far beyond literature. For these reasons, selecting the best fantasy books of all time is a tall order, as is simply defining what fantasy actually is. Originally inspired …

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