Fiction: ‘Friday Black’ Paints a Dark Portrait of Race in America

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s debut stories are violent for a reason.
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Roundup: A Dark Cavalcade of New Horror Fiction

In these novels, a phantom walks the earth, families at a campground descend into a terrifying alternative universe and the Devil roams a bleak English landscape.
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Books News: How Feminist Dystopian Fiction Is Channeling Women’s Anger and Anxiety

A growing canon of female-centered science fiction looks at questions of gender inequality, misogyny and institutionalized sexism.
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Fiction: What’s More Appealing: Eight Seasons of ‘Suits’ or Six Volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard?

With Book 6 of “My Struggle,” the famous Norwegian author completes the saga of his life — a work perfectly suited to the age of the blog.
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Fiction: Escaping Slavery in a Hot-Air Balloon

In Esi Edugyan’s daringly imagined new novel, “Washington Black,” an enslaved boy and his master’s brother flee a plantation in a flying contraption and forge an unlikely bond.
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Fiction: Lee Child Reviews a Debut Novel That’s Vintage Texas Noir

Randy Kennedy’s “Presidio” follows the flight to the Mexican border of a car thief turned accidental kidnapper.
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Profile: In ‘The Piranhas,’ the Chronicler of Italy’s Mobsters Tries His Hand at Fiction. For a Change?

In hiding for 12 years, Roberto Saviano is starting to realize that he’s not so different from the people he writes about. He’s not afraid to die, he wants to live, but he wants vengeance.
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Fiction: A Novel About Growing Up in the Middle of Death

Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s “Fruit of the Drunken Tree” describes life in war-torn Colombia, based on the author’s personal experience.
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Fiction: When First Love Is as Lethal as Religious Extremism

In R.O. Kwon’s debut novel, “The Incendiaries,” the central characters fall hard, both for each other and into the trap of a fundamentalist cult.
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Fiction: A Debut Novel Mixes Lust With the Directionlessness of Youth

In Andrew Martin’s “Early Work,” the already shiftless life of a struggling writer is derailed by romantic infatuation.
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Fiction: Competing Scientists Plus a High-Stakes University Lab Equals Murder

Megan Abbott’s dark, swampy new novel, “Give Me Your Hand,” is lit by a current of rage.
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Fiction: A Woman Sleeps a Year Away in Ottessa Moshfegh’s Darkly Comic New Novel

In “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” a beautiful young Columbia graduate seeks spiritual renewal through slumber.
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Fiction: Surviving AIDS, but at What Cost?

Rebecca Makkai’s novel “The Great Believers” ricochets between an era when AIDS was a death sentence and the present, when its shadow still looms.
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Fiction: One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story

The great Irish writer William Trevor captured turning points in individual lives with powerful slyness. “Last Stories” is his final gift to us.
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Fiction: The Heroines in Curtis Sittenfeld’s First Story Collection Are All Grown Up

“You Think It, I’ll Say It” revives the adolescent female archetypes of her novels, now grappling with adulthood.
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Fiction: Rachel Kushner’s ‘The Mars Room’ Offers a Blackly Comic Take on Prison Life

The author’s much-anticipated new novel, a page turner set in a women’s correctional facility, reveals an imagination Dickensian in its amplitude — and in its reformist zeal.
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Profile: CNN’s Jake Tapper Has Emerged as a Staunch Defender of Facts in the Trump Era. So Why Is He Writing Fiction?

Tapper’s debut novel, “The Hellfire Club,” a historical thriller set in 1950s Washington, has some unsettling parallels to today’s political climate.
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Fiction: Jo Nesbo Sculpts ‘Macbeth’ Into Shadowy Crime Noir

The Norwegian crime writer turns Shakespeare’s tragedy into a fast-paced thriller about murder and corruption in 1970s Glasgow.
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Fiction: The Heroes of This Novel Are Centuries Old and 300 Feet Tall

In “Overstory,” a magisterial new novel by Richard Powers, humans are merely underbrush; the real protagonists are trees.
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Fiction: Real Estate, Parking and Violence: A Novel of New York

The married couple in Anna Quindlen’s “Alternate Side” would seem to have everything. But their reactions to a neighborhood attack prove otherwise.
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Fiction: A Novelist’s Exuberant Love Letter to a Mexican-American Clan

Sprawling, funny and deeply tender, Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel “The House of Broken Angels” tackles the intricacies of family and the ravages of time.
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Fiction: Meg Wolitzer’s New Novel Takes On the Politics of Women’s Mentorship

Lena Dunham on “The Female Persuasion” and its cultural relevance in our current political climate.
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Profile: A War Reporter Finds Refuge by Switching to Fiction

Wendell Steavenson, who felt intrusive when talking to victims of horrific attacks, found freedom in writing her novel, “Paris Metro.”
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Fiction: A Marriage Upended, a Life Destroyed

In Tayari Jones’s new novel, “An American Marriage,” a newlywed black attorney is wrongly convicted of rape.
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Fiction: Three Lives, and the Tenuous Ties That Bind Them

In “Asymmetry,” Lisa Halliday weaves the tale of a May-December love affair into the account of an Iraqi-American economist detained at Heathrow.
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Critic’s Notebook: Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction

This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.
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Essay: Authors of Fiction Confront a Problem: How to Write About Sex

Allan Gurganus, Jennifer Weiner and other writers tell Sarah Lyall how they handle a delicate subject, and what happens when it goes wrong.
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Fiction: As a Daughter Is Born, a Young Mother Dies

Based on a true story, Tom Malmquist’s novel “In Every Moment We Are Still Alive” depicts a father struggling to cope with a tragic loss.
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Fiction: A Novel That Asks, What if Abortion Were Again Illegal?

“Red Clocks,” by Leni Zumas, imagines a dystopian near-future in which women are once again stripped of reproductive freedoms.
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ms. Le Guin brought literary elegance and a feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy tales, drawing millions of readers around the world.
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Fiction: A Version of Homer That Dares to Match Him Line for Line

Emily Wilson’s landmark translation of the “Odyssey” matches the original’s line count while drawing on a spare, simple and direct idiom.
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Books of The Times: In His Final Fiction, Sam Shepard Chases Familiar Themes

“Spy of the First Person,” about a dying man, is shot through with dread and decay but has parched humor as well.
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Phallic ‘billiard rack’ earns Bad Sex in Fiction award

US author Christopher Bollen has been named winner of the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for his novel The Destroyers.
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Fiction: Whatever Happened to Isabel Archer? ‘Mrs. Osmond’ Picks Up Where Henry James Left Off

John Banville’s sequel to James’s “Portrait of a Lady” follows the heroine back to Rome and to the possible end of her marriage.
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A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres

Nigeria has become a major exporter of literary talent, and now one publisher, Cassava Republic, is expanding to the United States.
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Fiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of Madmen

A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”
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Fiction: Our Villains, Ourselves: A Thriller Roundup

Six spooky fall thrillers, whose plots range from a campus crime to an international spy hunt to a young girl’s mystical self-murdering, all unsettle the neat distinctions between “hero,” “villain,” and even the reader.
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Fiction: A Roundup of New Horror, All Indebted to an Early Master

Richard Matheson’s legacy is felt in stories of mysterious figures and horrible, dawning realities.
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Nonfiction: Stranger Than Fiction: The Best True-Crime Stories

From Hollywood’s Black Dahlia case to killing sprees in 1950s London and 19th-century Paris, new books probe the grisly worst of human nature.
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Fiction: One Woman’s Liberation, Set Against the Russian Revolution

Janet Fitch’s historical novel, “The Revolution of Marina M.,” follows a young aristocrat-turned-Bolshevik as she navigates political and personal upheaval.
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In A World That’s Stranger Than Fiction, Are Americans Still Reading Books?

Publishers claim Trump is affecting book sales. The reality might more complicated.
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Fiction: In ‘Manhattan Beach,’ Jennifer Egan Sets a Crime Story on the Waterfront

A missing father, an underworld boss and a female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yards anchor the Pulitzer winner’s first novel since “A Visit From the Goon Squad.”
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Fiction: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison

Jesmyn Ward’s follow-up to “Salvage the Bones” tells the story of a woman intent on making her fractured family whole again.
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Fiction: In ‘Forest Dark,’ Nicole Krauss Plays With Divided Selves

Two New Yorkers — an aging lawyer and a young writer — make their way, separately, to Tel Aviv.
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Fiction: Inside Lizzie Borden’s House of Horror

In her novel, “See What I Have Done,” Sarah Schmidt turns the story of Lizzie Borden and the Fall River murders into a grisly exploration of madness.
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These States’ Beauty Laws Are Stranger Than Fiction

In 2017, unless your marriage is seriously troubled, you probably don’t consider whether your husband might divorce you over
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Fiction: On Vacation in Greece, and Refusing to Feel Ancient

Pushing 70, the three women at the center of Lynn Freed’s novel “The Last Laugh” discover that passion and conflict remain powerful forces.
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Fiction: Around the World in 50 Years

To mark a major birthday (and avoid an ex-lover’s wedding), the hero of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel “Less” embarks on a long journey.
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Otherworldly: Pirates, Drugs and Time Travel: The Best of New Science Fiction and Fantasy

N.K. Jemisin reviews new sci-fi and fantasy adventures by K.J Parker, Nicky Drayden, Brenda Cooper, and Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney.
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Fiction: Irish Sisters Take Different Paths, but Not the Ones That They Expected

J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America.
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Fiction: Affluent Idlers Find a Just Cause in a Refugee Swept Ashore

For the wealthy foreigners on a Greek island in Lawrence Osborne’s “Beautiful Animals,” a deeply compromised act of charity has dreadful consequences.
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Fiction: Arundhati Roy’s Return to the Form That Made Her Famous

In her first novel since the legendary “God of Small Things,” Roy writes of a group of outcasts who come together during a protest in India.
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House Of Cards: Reality can’t trump bad fiction

Netflix’s House Of Cards has lost its plot for the past two seasons and fallen prey to its worst fear: dullness.
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Diving Deep Into The Erotic World Of ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Fiction

Hermione Granger, a 19-year-old seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has retired to the lavish prefect’s bathroom for a relaxing bath. But ― uh oh ― just as she’s drying off, she hears someone else enter the marbled, gilded washroom. Someone smoldering. Someone romantic. Someone who’s about to rock her world sexually. Severus… Snape?

Allie LeFevere and Lyndsay Rush are aghast at the thought. “I hope this goes… it was Professor Snape, and he was just grabbing something and leaving,” Rush gasps, giggling. “God,” LeFevere adds, “I feel like this is going to get real aggressive.”

Snape is not just grabbing something and leaving, of course. This is “The Potterotica Podcast,” and the two cohosts have just begun the first season, in which they read a nine-episode erotic fanfic story aloud. The story: “In the Prefect’s Bathroom” by fanfic writer Mrs. Figg, which takes place after the seventh book. The pairing: Hermione and Snape, sometimes known as “Snermione.”

For those familiar with erotic fan fiction, the preceding three paragraphs probably won’t sound bizarre or disturbing; for more straight-laced Potterheads, they might be viscerally shocking. LeFevere, Rush and the third cohost Danny Chapman, who joined the podcast (now on its second season) more recently, fall into the second camp. Casual “Harry Potter” fans, they stumbled into the world of erotic fan fiction not long ago. But rather than being horrified by the vast world of Potter-based erotica, they embraced it ― and found the humor in it.

“It’s so fun and so silly, and sometimes it’s sexy, but mostly we’re just laughing,” Rush told HuffPost in a recent phone conversation. They framed “The Potterotica Podcast” as a comedy show ― and indeed, they spend much of each episode howling with laughter at the romantic speeches or descriptions of a male lead’s “slender, pale legs” that are “sparsely covered with black hair.” (Apparently some people don’t find that look to be arousing.)

Much of the comedy comes from juxtaposing these beloved children’s book characters ― none written by J.K. Rowling to be sex symbols, and some written as buffoonish, grotesque or evil ― with adult sexual situations and frankly expressed desire. “If it was out of a comedic context, I think it would be very difficult to talk about these characters in a sexual way,” LeFevere said, “but there’s something about layering on satire that makes it more digestible.”

“The Potterotica Podcast” isn’t the first erotica podcast played for laughs ― even some erotica and erotic fanfic is itself infused with absurd humor. (Remember A Gronking to Remember?) Before landing on Potterotica, LeFevere and Rush contemplated a romance novel podcast. Where does our urge to laugh at overtly sexual writing come from? Why might pornographic stories about Harry and Draco, or Hermione and Snape, seem hilarious rather than simply titillating or, alternately, disturbing?

“I almost wonder if it’s because there’s still so much taboo around sex,” LeFevere floated. “The defenses go down when you can laugh and also maybe talk about a topic that maybe feels uncomfortable.”

Rush agreed, adding that the humorous side to sex isn’t restricted to blowsy erotica. “Recording the podcast and discussing these things in this way feels like it would if I had a glass of wine with my friends and we were talking about sex,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily that laughter is you masking your vulnerability or if it’s just a shade of vulnerability. You’re looking at this intimate thing in a lighthearted way.”

The hosts ask authors for permission before sharing their work on the podcast, but they have received some pushback for making light of Potterotica. When they were promoting the podcast on fan communities, LeFevere ventured into a subreddit devoted to Potterotica enthusiasts, and found that the members were less than thrilled by their angle. For some fans, Chapman said, “this isn’t to be laughed at; this is serious business.” For these redditors, LeFevere said, “Us laughing at it and giggling and making jokes was very offensive,” she said. “They were just like, no, this isn’t our jam.”

The line between serious erotica consumer and comedy fan isn’t a bright one, however. Not only do the Potterotica podcasters receive story submissions from fanfic authors who want their works to be included in a comedy show, the three hosts have realized that sexual awakening can be found in unexpected places ― like a fanfic about Hermione receiving a “Magic Mike”-esque lap dance from Draco, the plot of a Facebook Live installment the podcast did. “I think that was the hottest one,” Rush admitted.

As for LeFevere, she’s a fan of another Dramione fic, the one they’re reading in the current season. “I love it because they’re both notorious in their class and were nemeses,” she told HuffPost. “They bring out a different side of each other in these stories: Hermione’s more risqué and edgy, and we’re starting to see the softer side of Draco.”

A certain gingerness surrounding the ages of the subjects also creeps in. In many fics, the characters are depicted in their adult lives, but others take place during the series timeframe. Some show relationships between professors and students ― before or after their graduation. “The one that I am shocked by is Snape and Harry,” said LeFevere. “That’s a really popular one, and I think more than anything the shock is because of the role he played in Harry’s life at the end of the books and movies… He almost to some degree becomes a mentor, a fatherly figure.” 

The cohosts pointed out that, though they try to be very mindful of the ages of the characters, we’re naturally curious about what happened next to fictional people we watched grow up. That includes romance. If anything, they wish there were more explorations of canon relationships, in a Potterotica world packed with Dramione, Snarry and Drarry fics. “In my limited experience, no one’s writing about Hermione and Ron like I hoped they would,” Rush said. “It sounds very lame and old-school, but I would have loved to see more of them.”

The accessibility of adult entertainment offered by fanfic (or a fanfic podcast) makes it a welcoming avenue toward sexual exploration, the hosts pointed out. “Something that makes this erotic world approachable is that these are characters you feel you know so well and trust,” explained Rush. “So you feel like, Oh, I could sort of get into this.” As many erotic fanfiction readers have discovered in the past, interweaving explicit content into a familiar, nonsexual story allowed them to gradually explore more sexually charged narratives, whereas porn may have seemed too intimidating and romance novels too weighed down by character backstory. Even as they laugh at the Potterotica they read, they find excitement in it.

“This has been a big sexual awakening,” said LeFevere, who has rarely read romance novels in the past. “It’s been a fun way to explore our own sexuality, our experiences.”

Though they emphasize that they know many Potter fans have enjoyed erotic fan fiction for years, the podcasters have found much of their listener base is newer to the art form ― a perhaps still-more accessible way for novices to get comfortable with adult entertainment. “The podcast format is also so great for it, because as soon as you watch a video, it’s like, uh, that’s porn,” Chapman joked. Opening up an erotic romance novel in public might seem nearly as embarrassing. On a podcast, though, “You can bring it to life and close your eyes and sort of imagine it without, like, watching porn on a plane.”

Surely anything that encourages more people to get comfortable with their sexuality, without watching porn in public, is a good thing.

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Conecta Fiction: ‘Ex Reo,’ ‘Canfranc Station,’ ‘Parallel’ Make SGAE Showcase Cut

MADRID — “Ex Reo,” “Canfranc Station: Forward Escape” and “Parallel” feature among six TV fiction series developed at Spain’s General Society of Spanish Authors’ Foundation that will be pitched at June’s Conecta Fiction, a new international co-production and networking TV event targeting drama from Latin America and Spain. Conecta Fiction runs June 20-23, the SGAE… Read more »

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Profile: ‘A Writer Writes’: Penelope Lively’s Fiction Defies the Test of Time

Lively’s new collection of stories, “Purple Swamp Hen,” marks her 21st work of fiction. At 84, this chronicler of the English middle class shows no signs of stopping.
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Fiction: A Brilliant, Incendiary Joan of Arc Story for a Ravaged Earth

In Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel “The Book of Joan,” a space colony of survivors orbits a post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist revealed

The finalists of the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction have been revealed and include three British writers.
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Fiction: Sonic Youth: Cultural Appropriations of Two Musical Hipsters

The young music producers in Hari Kunzru’s “White Tears” invent a lost blues legend who may turn out to have been real all along.
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Fiction: A Refugee Crisis in a World of Open Doors

In Mohsin Hamid’s novel “Exit West,” refugees flee war and chaos through any door they can find.
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Women’s Prize for Fiction: Who made the cut?

The candidates for the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction have been announced in celebration of International Women’s Day.
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Fiction: Is This Mic On?: A Stand-Up Comedian Wrestles With His Country and His Soul

David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a tormented Israeli comedian, is a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance,” Gary Shteyngart writes.
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Samuel L. Jackson Goes Full ‘Pulp Fiction’ Reading People’s Facebook Rants

Samuel L. Jackson joined Jimmy Fallon to strike down people’s angry Facebook rants with great vengeance and furious anger on Friday night.

The duo read out online tirades about the price of Girl Scout cookies, the taste of PopTarts and the location of tissues inside Walgreens for the hilarious “The Tonight Show” segment.

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Fiction: In the Japanese Hit ‘Six Four,’ a Police Inspector Weighs Questions of Loyalty

In Hideo Yokoyama’s “Six Four,” a Japanese policeman searches for two lost teenagers, one of them his own daughter.
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Fiction: Death and Disaster Stalk the Characters in Margaret Drabble’s New Novel

Margaret Drabble’s “The Dark Flood Rises” is a fictional road trip through various forms of “senior living” in Britain.
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Fiction: Colson Whitehead on George Saunders’s Novel About Lincoln and Lost Souls

George Saunders’s first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” imagines the president visiting the graveyard where his young son has just been buried.
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Fiction: It Takes a Commune: John Irving on a Novel About Growing Up Utopian

In Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” a single mother joins a psychologist’s experiment in collective parenting.
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Fiction: Monica Ali on Rachel Cusk’s Risky, Revolutionary New Novel

“Transit” is the second novel in a trilogy by Rachel Cusk that began with “Outline.”
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Getting Back Into a Girl’s Shorts: More Short Sometimes-Erotic Fiction about Women With Women

Getting Back Into a Girl’s Shorts: More Short Sometimes-Erotic Fiction about Women With Women


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Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

There’s a perverse symmetry to the way things work in Federico Axat’s mind-bending psychological thriller “Kill the Next One.”
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Fiction: ‘Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?’: Fiction by an Author Who Died Young

Reclaiming the short fiction of Kathleen Collins.
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Fiction: Michael Chabon Returns With a Searching Family Saga

“Moonglow,” Michael Chabon’s new novel, blends elements of fiction and memoir.
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Fiction: Zadie Smith’s New Novel Takes on Dance, Fame and Friendship

As two girls grow up, and apart, in Zadie Smith’s “Swing Time,” subtle distinctions in family structure and class magnify over time.
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Empathy by the Book: How Fiction Affects Behavior

The mental calisthenics required to live inside a fictional character’s skin foster empathy for the people you meet day-to-day. And, surprisingly, not all types of reading have the same effect.
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Side Stories: Short Fiction by Game Developers

Side Stories: Short Fiction by Game Developers


Side Stories” is an anthology of short stories by game developers. Authors come from both digital and analog game development, computer games to paper games. Contributors include Greg Costikyan (veteran game designer of “Paranoia” and “Star Wars: The Role-Playing Game”), Christopher Mitchell (WGA award nominee for game writing, “Deathspank”, “Simpsons Hit and Run”), and Rees Savidis (writer and award winning filmmaker, “SSX”, “Driver: San Francisco”), and others.A share of proceeds will be donated to the Child’s Play charity. Included stories:”Sheepdog” by Bren LynneAn armed student defends his classroom from a shooter.”Spaceship and Bicycle” by Greg CostikyanAsteroid prospectors undertake innovative repairs after their spaceship is crippled.”Fizzy Piss Grape Shit” by Rees SavidisThe end of the world, from the other perspective.”And The Heart Goes Tick Tick Tick” by Chris DahlenA matchmaker finds adventure and romance when and where she least expects it.”Buried Legends” by David DubordUnearthing buried treasure releases unexpected riches.”Paper Cuts” by Peter WalshA software developer has problems after he reveals the weaknesses in government surveillance systems.”Cultists” by Christopher MitchellMembers of an apocalypse cult, frustrated with the lack of results, take matters into their own hands.”Lucky Malloy and the Cuban Zombie Crisis” by Jason DozoisA washed-up football player turned zombie hunter faces trouble when his cat becomes a zombie boss monster.”The Christmas Trolls” by Andrew LaingA game developer stands trial for creating a game that turns users into Trolls.

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The Age of Innocence Book 1 (Fiction)

The Age of Innocence Book 1 (Fiction)


The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s twelfth novel, initially serialized in four parts in the Pictorial Review magazine in 1920, and later released by D. Appleton and Company as a book in New York and in London. It won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. Though the committee agreed to award the prize to Lewis, the judges rejected his Main Street, on political grounds and “established Wharton as the American ‘First Lady of Letters'”, the irony being that the committee had awarded The Age of Innocence the prize on grounds that negated Wharton’s own blatant and subtle ironies which constitute and make the book so worthy of attention. The story is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s, during the Gilded Age. Wharton wrote the book in her 50s, after she had established herself as a strong author with publishers clamoring for her work.

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Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction

Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction


Looking at such authors as Eggers, Banks, Tan, and Foer, this book offers a critical study and analysis of American novels that quite literally go outward: it discusses books whose protagonists go abroad, and concentrates on narratives that take place mainly away from the US “s geographical borders. Contemporary American fiction has featured soldiers, missionaries, tourists, heritage travelers, fugitives from the law, aid workers and aspiring philanthropists. What do these characters reveal about what it means to be American at the beginning of the twenty-first century? And what do these novels tell us about the place of America in the world, and about the nature of American literature itself? These are some of the broader themes and questions that this study explores.

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The Bloody Bokhara: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

The Bloody Bokhara: And Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine


From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine “Black Mask” published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner and John D. MacDonald got their start in “Black Mask.” The urban crime stories that appeared in “Black Mask” helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by “the seminal and venerated mystery pulp magazine” (“Booklist”).Otto Penzler selected and wrote introductions to the best of the best, the darkest of these dark, vintage stories for the collection “The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories.” Now that collection is available for the first time on audio. Includes: “Body Snatcher” by Theodore A. Tinsley; read by Richard Ferrone”Murder on the Gayway” by Dwight V. Babcock; read by David LeDoux”The Key” by Cleve F. Adams; read by Jeff Gurner”The Bloody Bokhara” by William Campbell Gault; read by Peter Ganim

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Fiction: T. C. Boyle Reviews Richard Russo’s ‘Everybody’s Fool’

The sequel to “Nobody’s Fool” takes readers back to a small town and its outsize personalities.
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In Don DeLillo’s 16th novel, a billionaire hopes to rid the world of death.
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Pulp Fiction Monster Joe’s Truck N Tow Adults Hoodie

Pulp Fiction Monster Joe’s Truck N Tow Adults Hoodie


This Pulp Fiction Monster Joe’s Truck N Tow adults hoodie is an original design from My Icon Art. This adults hoodie is available in a wide variety of sizes & colours and is also available in kids hoodies. All hoodies are in stock and ready to ship with free postage within the UK and fast worldwide shipping. This is an original design & is not intended to breach any intellectual properties under UK law. It is 100% unofficial merchandise & is not authorised by any person or group.

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Bullshirt’s Men’s Pimp Fiction Jules (Charcoal) T-Shirt.

Bullshirt’s Men’s Pimp Fiction Jules (Charcoal) T-Shirt.


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Music, Performance, and the Realities of Film: Shared Concert Experiences in Screen Fiction

Music, Performance, and the Realities of Film: Shared Concert Experiences in Screen Fiction


This book examines the relationship between narrative film and reality, as seen through the lens of on-screen classical concert performance. By investigating these scenes, wherein the performance of music is foregrounded in the narrative, Winters uncovers how concert performance reflexively articulates music’s importance to the ontology of film. The book asserts that narrative film of a variety of aesthetic approaches and traditions is no mere copy of everyday reality, but constitutes its own filmic reality, and that the music heard in a film’s underscore plays an important role in distinguishing film reality from the everyday. As a result, concert scenes are examined as sites for provocative interactions between these two realities, in which real-world musicians appear in fictional narratives, and an audience s suspension of disbelief is problematised. In blurring the musical experiences of onscreen observers and participants, these concert scenes also allegorize music s role in creating a shared subjectivity between film audience and character, and prompt Winters to propose a radically new vision of music s role in narrative cinema wherein musical underscore becomes part of a shared audio-visual space that may be just as accessible to the characters as the music they encounter in scenes of concert performance.

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Hint Fiction: An Anthology Of Stories In 25 Words Or Fewer

Hint Fiction: An Anthology Of Stories In 25 Words Or Fewer


The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway''s possibly apocryphal six-word story—For Sale: baby shoes, never worn—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them hint fiction because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.
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Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies


Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fictionWith young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren''t sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers?Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication.Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authentic teen voiceTips to avoid when submitting manuscriptsHow to break into the flourishing young adult marketWith the help of this step-by-step guide, you''ll have all the skills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.
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Horror and Horizons: Five Stories of Horror, Science Fiction, and the Supernatural

Horror and Horizons: Five Stories of Horror, Science Fiction, and the Supernatural


Buy five short stories for the price of three!A variety pack of short stories from S.E. Lee spanning a range of moods and genres from horror, literary fiction, to science fiction and the supernatural: a teen’s disgruntled bunker tale. A lost Roman legion in space revealed. Fate and three women, a cursed inheritance and two men. and seeking justice after death. Stories Included: One Last Look – Why did Johnny have to have a paranoid freak for a dad? While other kidsplay video games, Johnny is helping his dad build a bunker that no one’s ever going to need. until the day they do.A short story YA dystopia at a moment of crisis. The City in the Desert – Two mech-suited Space Marines encounter hostile fire on what is supposed to be an uninhabited planet. Will they survive attacks, capture, and a death by gladiatorial combat sentence, or will they disappear without a trace, and doom their shipmates, if not their entire civilization, to a certain death as well?A military science fiction adventure short story featuring a gladiatorial combat scene with mech suits. Fray – When lives unravel, who pays the price?Three women share their work, their lives, and their silence: the burden of power weighs heavy on them all.A literary fantasy short story. Spider-Cursed – Two cousins. One fortune. And one doesn’t want to share.A short supernatural thriller story. The Ghost Girl -When a ghost haunts the mountain getaway of a doctor recovering from a gunshot wound, he thinks he’s going crazy until he starts to dig deeper and finds the truth. Will he be able to find her body and the killer and bring the murderer to justice, or will the killer succeed in making the doctor the next victim?A short supernatural mystery story.

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Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies

Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies


Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene with no formal degrees or previous writing experience, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren’t sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers? "Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies" gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication. Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authentic teen voice Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts How to break into the flourishing young adult market With the help of this step-by-step guide, you’ll have all the skills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.
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Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies


Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren’t sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers? Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication. Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authentic teen voice Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts How to break into the flourishing young adult market With the help of this step-by-step guide, you’ll have all the skills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.
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SOGI2- Illustrated Science Fiction Series

SOGI2- Illustrated Science Fiction Series


*Shades of Gray-Illustrated #2 From Moscow, With LoveWorlds collide . . .A shaky partnership . . .In the second book of the Shades of Gray Illustrated Series, Kat found herself teamed up with Kim. Together they searched for clues to their past. Their partnership stood on shaky ground though. Kim, a Life Closer (legal assassin) known as the Phoenix, needed Kat for the moment, to help in her search for her mother’s murder. Once Kim no longer needed Kat, would the Phoenix go through with eliminating her for knowing she’s a Life Closer?A haunting melody . . .A forgotten time . . .Kat had discovered little about her past. Over a year ago, she woke to a world of endless night and had no memory of who she was. A music box, a letter, and a gun were her only clues. Kat discovered the melody the music box plays, put her in a trance and healed her body of any injures. Why? She didn’t know.Betrayal . . .A desperate fight . . .Voice, the one who regulated the Phoenix, had sent the Raven and the Wolf to Close her. Why? Kim didn’t know, only that she must eliminate the two Life Closers before they terminated her.Deception . . .The two women collide again . . .Kat was caught up in the struggle as the Raven and the Wolf were also hired to Close the sister of someone dear to her. Now she must protect the sister and Kim, but the Phoenix was hiding a dark secret that put the sister in an even deadlier predicament. What was Kim hiding?I will protect them all . . .No one will die today . . .Could Kat and Kim defeat the two Closers? Could Kat keep the promise to herself that no one else would die? What would happen in the end when Kat discovered the Phoenix’s secret?**Shades of Gray Illustrated Series**SOGI1SOGI2SOGI3SOGI4SOGI5SOGI6

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Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer


A story collection that proves less is more.The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s possibly apocryphal six-word story—”For Sale: baby shoes, never worn”—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them “hint fiction” because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.

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Woman walks by Diet Books section divided into ‘Fiction’ and ‘Nonfiction.’ – New Yorker Cartoon

Woman walks by Diet Books section divided into ‘Fiction’ and ‘Nonfiction.’ – New Yorker Cartoon


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Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer


The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s possibly apocryphal six-word story–"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"–to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.
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Five Finger Fiction

Five Finger Fiction


Lila O’Farrell barely has a voice of her own in her large, extended Irish Catholic family. She tries humor, subversion, and even a British accent. Her kleptomania is the only thing that gives her comfort. Lila takes jewelry, tongue depressors, even a friend’s brassiere. Breaking the law and casting aside social mores are nothing, though, compared to challenging Lynette Nolan O’Farrell’s authority.

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