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50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read

In these weeks of midwinter, there’s nothing more satisfying than curling up by the fire with a good novel — and in particular a good mystery novel, because they somehow seem to keep you the warmest. Plus, what with a new season of Sherlock starting this week, your appetite for more murders, clues, and suspicious persons might just be piqued. Click through to check out 50 essential mystery novels that will bring color to your cheeks and set your brain… Read More

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8 Fantastic Crime Novels That Became Great Films

If you think Stieg Larsson is the end of the line in Swedish crime writing, think again. Recently, readers in the states finally got their hands on the English translation of Never Fuck Up, the second novel by Jens Lapidus, an honest-to-goodness criminal defense lawyer in Sweden who also happens to be a stellar writer and a major bestseller. In honor of Never Fuck Up, translated by Astri von Arbin Ahlander, which has already been adapted into a popular Swedish film (and is on its way to being an American film too), Flavorwire asked Lapidus to weigh in on some great crime novels that also made great films. Check out his suggestions after the jump, and weigh in on any that he missed in the comments. … Read More

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Publishers’ Craziest Schemes to Avoid Book Spoilers

The news that the translators of Dan Brown’s new book Inferno were basically isolated from the world for two months to avoid any chance of them leaking its plot was enough to elicit a collective bewildered shaking of the head at Flavorwire central. Still, it’s not even the batshit craziest thing that publishers have done over the years to avoid details of their precious books leaking before publication — as an industry, publishing has embraced the embargo-based insistence on secrecy so beloved of Hollywood, especially when it comes to books likely to sell in the bazillions (i.e., anything by JK Rowling). Here are some of the craziest schemes concocted to avoid leaks. … Read More

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10 of the Greatest Underdogs in Literature

This weekend, we were saddened to hear of the death of Jean Merrill, one of our all-time favorite children’s book authors, whose 1964 novel The Pushcart War still informs our thinking today. The literary queen of the underdogs, Merrill’s books nearly all concern the disadvantaged, the weak, the outcasts rising up against their oppressors (be it Corporate Toothpaste or trucking companies) and, of course, winning the day. To celebrate her life and her body of work, we’ve put together a list of our all-time favorite underdogs in literature. Read through our selections below, and let us know which characters you’d add in the comments. … Read More

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11 Thrilling Books For People Who Don’t Read Thrillers

Though as readers we try our best to keep an open mind, we have a confession. We admit it, it’s a dirty word to us: genre fiction. That said, when we were breathlessly devouring Tana French’s newly-released Broken Harbor, we were struck by something: the power of a well-written, perfectly plotted, tightly-wound literary thriller. While the “t” word might throw off some high-minded snobs (admittedly, us), there’s absolutely nothing wrong in delighting in a great book that is, well, thrilling. As an entry point, we’ve gathered some of our favorite recent literary thrillers here, for your perusal. Note that we set the guideline of “recent” (so, please, no “where’s Agatha Christie?”), we chose not to focus on true crime (though we did have to make one exception), and that we highly recommend all of these. Also note that we don’t recommend starting any of them before bedtime. … Read More

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The ‘Millennium Trilogy’ Will Be a Graphic Novel Series

Some possibly exciting news for Stieg Larsson fans: Nerve reports that Vertigo, an imprint of DC Entertainment, plans to publish the Millennium Trilogy as a graphic novel. Each book from the popular series will be broken down into two volumes which will be available in both print and digital formats; and while it’s… Read More

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Read Stieg Larsson’s Rejection Letter from Journalism School

Well, if you read Swedish, anyway. Larsson applied to the Joint Colleges of Journalism in Stockholm in 1972, at the age of 18, and after being rejected, went on to work as a photographer, eventually ending up as the editor of Trotskyist paper Fjärde Internationalen. His subsequent journalistic career — and, of course, his wildly successful posthumous novels — make the people who rejected him look rather silly, and Larsson apparently kept the letter as a sort of motivation over the years. His brother Joakim told the Guardian in England that although Larsson wasn’t bitter about the rejection, “of course he was not happy.” The letter’s being sold at Sotheby’s in London as part of a fund-raiser for Expo, the magazine that Larsson founded (and which bears a striking resemblance to Millenium, the fictional magazine in his novels.) You can see it after the jump — does anyone want to translate it for us? … Read More

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Literary Characters Who Would Be Best Friends in Real Life

Last month, we ran a post on TV characters who would likely befriend each other in real life. Today we thought we’d try out the literary version of this game with characters that span cities, and even eras. Who do you think, dear readers, would take the next step and form an alliance if time and place were not an issue? Take a look at our humble list of literary unions, and please suggest your own pairings in the comments section below. … Read More

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Literary Advice: Ask Lisbeth Salander

In our next installment of dispensing literary advice we’ve decided to consult Lisbeth Salander, the tough as nails protagonist of Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. As a ward of the state, she just can’t seem to get a break in this life, and is constantly picked on by men in power. When she’s not escaping from murderous, wealthy tyrants, she’s busy hacking into their computers and reading their personal files and off-shore bank statements. Depending on their actions, she might even break into their apartments and make them repent for their misdeeds, frontier justice style. She is a loner, a casual reader of the Apocrypha, and the owner of a lot of black clothing and prickly chokers. What’s not to love? She’s graciously agreed to answer some questions from curious readers today, so without further ado, we’ll leave it to Lisbeth. … Read More

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