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11 Must-Read Norwegian Novels

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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17 Modern Horror Books (Not by Stephen King)

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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11 Essential Dutch Novels (in Translation)

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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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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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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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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