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The 10 Best Science Thrillers Ever Written: Jon Land’s Picks

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So my latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong to the Bone, is heavily based in science, particularly bio-engineering, after clinical trials for a groundbreaking anti-rejection drug go horribly wrong. That results in bad guys, really bad guys, ending up in possession of what could be the ultimate weapon. So I got to thinking about the genesis of thrillers at least reasonably grounded in scientific principals, and I came up with a list of books to which I can only hope Strong to the Bone, to be published on December 5, 2017 by Forge Books, will be compared favorably. The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton What can I say? This is the grandfather of the entire genre by the man who practically invented…

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Free eBooks: Classic Science Fiction You May Have Missed

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If you’re an everyday reader, you’ve probably read some interesting science fiction along the line – but have you read some famous classics that end up on reader’s lists every year? Because we love sci-fi, from the awesome movies we’re all familiar with such as Blade Runner and The Matrix just to name two, we have some classic sci-fi novel suggestions for you! The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells When many people think of H.G. Wells, this is the novel that comes to mind. In Wells’ classic that turned into an unforgettable movie adaptation, a Martian invasion takes place in the nineteenth century, forever changing the world around it and causing mass chaos across the land. If you haven’t read the novel or…

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Grady Hendrix on ‘Paperbacks from Hell’ and Why Horror Is a Women’s Genre

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is a die-hard horror fan. He writes, reads, and researches the genre and is an expert on its history. His new book, Paperbacks from Hell—about the paperback horror boom in the ’70s and ’80s—is a blood-splattered love letter to horror. It’s a tome to be found on the coffee table in any horror fan’s home, brimming with hundreds of full-color cover illustrations from books that influenced both the publishing and film industries. Just in time for Halloween, we talked to Hendrix about the state of horror today, Stephen King brainwashing, and why horror is a women’s genre. Bookish: You clearly have a place in…

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Books for TV Addicts: Penny Dreadful and “jonesin’ for a classic”

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Full disclosure: this Bookish Diva is supremely tardy to the Penny Dreadful party. I heard murmurs about this show and dismissed them. My “to be watched” queue was rather deep and I didn’t know if I had the emotional bandwidth to invest fully in another show. Then the live tweeting began. As I tenderly tiptoed through the tweets, curiosity took hold. I had to know more about Dorian, Vanessa and Ethan, so I jumped down the rabbit hole and never looked back. And this Bookish Diva solemnly swears that mentions of Josh Hartnett’s posterior had no bearing on my decision to indulge in Penny Dreadful. Classic shots like this…Conveys my love for this show #DemDreads #PennyDreadful pic.twitter.com/6SWy9IsBMd — INDIA (@Indiasmovies)…

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Jane Austen is back in a new web series

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Give a cheer, Webheads! A new Jane Austen-based web series has begun—and we have the EXCLUSIVE interview with the head writer, Kimberly James. Watch the premiere episode of the UK-based From Mansfield with Love, and then read all about it in our exclusive interview here.   WHAT’S HAPPENING Alice went missing on Classic Alice, and the longer she stayed silent, the more worried we were. She will recover from her bumps and bruises after the car accident, but will she recover from driving away Reagan and Andrew?     Laura went on a rescue mission to save the captured coeds, Carmilla ended up dead, and we were reminded that oral storytelling can sometimes be way cooler than seeing the action.…

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Frankenstein, Dracula and Carrie — oh my!

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Run for your lives! Frankenstein LIVES!! Wait—sorry. What we meant was Frankenstein is LIVE, on stage, in the Olivier-winning production of Frankenstein by the National Theatre of Great Britain. The production, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller (both of whom have played Sherlock Holmes on TV), ended its run in 2011, but not before it was filmed for broadcast to cinemas around the world. This week, it’s being re-broadcast for a special encore presentation—check your local theaters for show times. Frankenstein’s return to the big screen reminds us that some of the scariest films of all time were based on classic horror novels. So this Halloween, when all the candy is gone and the trick-or-treaters have deserted the…

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15 literature-inspired jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween

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Next week is Halloween, which makes this prime jack-o’-lantern carving time. But instead of the usual triangle eyes and toothy grin, why not try something a little different this year? If you’re anything like us at BookTrib, all the inspiration you need is currently sitting on your bookshelf. Here are 15 of our favorite literary pumpkins for 2014:   Harry Potter This pumpkin isn’t scaring anyone; it’s just too adorable. You might need to buy a little paint to pull this one off, but it’s worth it for his spiky hair alone.   Frankenstein A perfect likeness of Frankenstein’s monster. Plus he looks appropriately broody.   The Hobbit Love the image they captured of his back and that familiar logo.…

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What horrors lurk behind Godzilla and other great movie monsters?

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This week, when Godzilla emerges from the sea and tramples his way into movie theaters around the world, flattening major cities and shrugging off all manner of artillery fire, he’s going to be dragging behind him more than a massive dinosaur-style tail. He’s going to be backed up by generations, if not centuries, of monster-related storytelling from folklore, fiction, and cinema that reflects humankind’s worst fears and the monsters that dwell inside us all. Movie monsters have been around almost as long as movies themselves. While the silent classic Nosferatu, released in 1922, was the first movie based on the Bram Stoker gothic novel Dracula, the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi is the version that probably comes to the public’s…

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