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Two brilliant new novels from Adrian Tchaikovsky show his range

Two brilliant new novels from Adrian Tchaikovsky show his range

In Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Alien Clay, prisoners live on a hostile alien world Gremlin/Getty Images Alien ClayAdrian Tchaikovsky (Tor) Service ModelAdrian Tchaikovsky (Tor, out 6 June) British writer Adrian Tchaikovsky has not one, but two new novels out in the first half of this year. That may be due to the vagaries of publishing, rather than evidence of exceptional productivity. However, Tchaikovsky is certainly prolific: his backlist is as long as your arm. He is also a huge talent, writing at the peak of his powers.   The first of these… Source link

The 50 best Hollywood books of all time: novels, memoirs and more

The 50 best Hollywood books of all time: novels, memoirs and more

It’s been said that Hollywood is more an idea than a place, and no task punctuates the notion quite like asking people to choose the best Hollywood book of all time: “What do you mean,” they inevitably ask, “by ‘Hollywood’?” The list that follows, compiled from a survey of experts in the worlds of publishing and entertainment and written by regular contributors to The Times’ film and books coverage, answers that question more astutely than I ever could. In fiction and non-, across genres and decades, these 50 titles compare Hollywood to an assembly line, a criminal enterprise, a high-seas expedition and much, much more — a penchant for shape-shifting that might explain its hold on the cultural imagination. Yet any entity that can simultaneously be described as an industry, a society, even a style, is liable to collect more detractors than it would had it remained simply a real estate development, and if there’s a through-line in the great Hollywood books it is the conviction that creating magic must come at a cost. Sometimes …

‘Outlander’ Producers Bringing Cork O’Connor Novels to TV

‘Outlander’ Producers Bringing Cork O’Connor Novels to TV

Two producers of Starz’s forthcoming Outlander prequel are taking on a different long-running book series as their next TV project. Story Mining & Supply Co., the production company founded by Jim Kohlberg, has acquired rights to Edgar Award-winning author William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mystery thriller novels, about a half-Irish, half-Ojibwe sheriff turned private investigator in Minnesota. The company will adapt the books — there are 19 to date, with a 20th set to publish in August — for television and is currently meeting with writers. No outlet is attached yet. Kohlberg and long-time partner Luke Parker Bowles, a former BAFTA East Coast chairman (and nephew of Britain’s queen consort), will executive produce the project along with Krueger. “From the minute I cracked open Kent’s first book, in much the same way as I did with Outlander, it was very clear that this series needed to be made,” Kohlberg said in a statement. “Luke and I are beyond excited to get this project going and for the mass of Cork O’Connor fans to witness the brilliance of this …

10 Must-Read Magical Realist Novels

10 Must-Read Magical Realist Novels

  Magical realism is a style of writing that gained cultural currency following the so-called Latin American Boom. Since then, the term has been applied to works by writers from all over the world in which seemingly realist narratives are infused with moments of magic. The reasons individual writers might have to do this vary, but they are often political, as articulating the psychodrama of modern reality becomes increasingly difficult to do within a purely realist mode of writing. Here, we will look at just 10 of some of the best magical realist novels – though there are still many more to be explored…   1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Photograph of Gabriel García Márquez, via The London Magazine; with Original front cover of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, 1967, via WMagazín   If, by its very nature, magical realism is something of a contradiction in terms, that is because the two opposing terms resist one another, and so prevent either one of them from fully …

‘3 Body Problem’ cast addresses whitewashing criticism from fans of the original Chinese novels

‘3 Body Problem’ cast addresses whitewashing criticism from fans of the original Chinese novels

Amid early criticism and fears of whitewashing, the cast of the highly anticipated sci-fi series “3 Body Problem” says it does justice to the original Chinese novels. The Netflix series, developed by writer Alexander Woo and “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss, follows a group of London-based scientists and authorities who band together to fight a seemingly ​​all-powerful extraterrestrial threat after a slew of suicides alarms the scientific community. When the Netflix series was announced, many fans voiced concerns that the novels would be culturally and thematically diluted in the adaptation. Based on Liu Cixin’s acclaimed “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy, the eight-episode show is a departure from the source novels, which set the time-spanning story in China beginning during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, a time of violent upheaval. On Reddit, one user noted that separating the setting from the cultural context seemed “unnecessary and flagrant.” Another commented they had doubts about the adaptation being led by non-Asian creators who were “rightfully criticized for their treatment of both women and …

10 Mystery Novels Starring Queer Ladies

10 Mystery Novels Starring Queer Ladies

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Most of Tirzah Price’s life decisions have been motivated by a desire to read as many books as humanly possible. Tirzah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked as an independent bookseller and librarian. She’s also the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and Bibliologist at TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice. View All posts by Tirzah Price I love a good mystery as much as the next person, and I especially love mystery novels where we get a sense for the detective or sleuth’s character — they’re more than just a figurehead asking the questions, but a fully formed person whose thoughts, opinions, and experiences have a direct impact on the mystery. LGBTQ+ people almost always go through the world experiencing life through a slightly different lens than those who are cis and straight, so queer characters solving …

What to Read to Reawaken Your Senses

What to Read to Reawaken Your Senses

Our minds these days are so easily distracted that noticing what’s right in front of us can be hard. Yes, the sun might be glancing off the snowdrifts, and the birds may be chirping away with blithe exuberance. But stress, grief, and anxiety—or, alternatively, excitement for the future—can make us tune out the images, fragrances, and noises at the edge of our consciousness. But being attentive to the world is both possible and crucial. Sound, touch, smell, sight, and taste can draw us into a rapturous examination of the new, unfurling leaves on a tree or the antics of a honeybee. They can also help us enjoy the equally stimulating encounters of urban life, such as a fleeting impression of a stranger’s perfume on the sidewalk, or the exuberant cacophony of voices in a city square. In a harried world, such attunement to detail might require a bit of practice. Thankfully, literature can help us cultivate a more open and receptive state of mind. The six books below show how sensory richness can make life …

The Books Briefing: Choosing America’s Greatest Novels

The Books Briefing: Choosing America’s Greatest Novels

The Atlantic assembled a list of 136 works of fiction that we consider to be the most significant of the past 100 years. James Paterson / N-Photo Magazine / Future / Getty March 15, 2024, 12:35 PM ET This is an edition of the Books Briefing, our editors’ weekly guide to the best in books. Sign up for it here. The idea of a settled canon, one that towers Mount Rushmore–like above us, is boring. I’ll admit that some books and authors, after enough centuries have passed and their influence seems without question, should have their names etched in stone (although even The Iliad and Shakespeare can occasionally stir up a fight). But our sense of which novels matter most is otherwise always fluid—what was once tasteful is now tedious; a colorful character now just seems offensive. The process of thinking through what speaks to us today, and what will likely speak to readers a century from today, is much more exciting than staring up at those established greats: You’re making a wager. My colleagues …

The Atlantic’s List of The Great American Novels

The Atlantic’s List of The Great American Novels

The Atlantic just launched their list of the The Great American Novels. The list is the result of a project that looks at the most influential novels in America for the past 100 years (roughly from 1924-2023). The 136 novels on the list were chosen by The Atlantic’s editors, who were in conversation with scholars, critics, and novelists outside of the publication. Of the 136 on the list, 45 are debut novels, three are children’s books, nine won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and around 60 have been banned in libraries or schools. In constructing the list, Atlantic editors framed the definition of the Great American novel around the one that writer John William DeForest established in 1868 — which described a new kind of literature that painted “the American soul” — but expanded on it, saying “In 2024, our definition of literary greatness is wider, deeper, and weirder than DeForest likely could have imagined.” They continued, “At the same time, the novel is also under threat, as the forces of anti-intellectualism and authoritarianism seek …

The Atlantic publishes “The Great American Novels”

The Atlantic publishes “The Great American Novels”

The list launches with events at the New Orleans Book Festival and on April 3 at the Strand, in New York Illustration by Sarah Schulte March 14, 2024, 7:17 AM ET Today The Atlantic launches “The Great American Novels,” an ambitious new project that brings together the most consequential novels of the past 100 years. Focusing on 1924 to 2023––a period that began as literary modernism was cresting and includes all manner of literary possibility, including the experimentations of postmodernism and the narrative satisfactions of genre fiction––the 136 novels on the list include 45 debut novels, nine winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and three children’s books. Twelve were published before the introduction of the mass-market paperback to America, and 24 after the release of the Kindle. At least 60 have been banned by schools or libraries. In an introduction to the list, The Atlantic’s editors write that, together, the books selected represent the best of what novels can do: “challenge us, delight us, pull us in and then release us, a little smarter …