Book Endings We’d Like to Change

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It’s happened to you before. You’re invested in a great book, in the flux and flow of a twisting plot, of multidimensional characters that make you mad, make you cry, maybe even make you scream out loud. Then, after all the hours you’ve invested in the book, all the possibilities, the hopes, the resolutions that [….]

The Least Predictable Books We’ve Read

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Sometimes, it isn’t all that difficult to sort out what will happen in a novel. It does, of course, depend solely on “who” you’re reading and, perhaps, your personal ability to pick up hints, to notice what has been foreshadowed. But sometimes, when the plot is thick and the author is clever, smarties among the [….]

Our Favorite Fictional Friends

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Sometimes the truest friends aren’t those sitting next to you in class or skipping rocks with you down at the river. For many readers, their very best friends have lived in the imagination, on the banks of Prince Edward Island, in the mystical dimensions of time and space and yes, even in the Hundred-Acre Wood. [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Historical Novels

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There’s something about settings of the past that just grabs us. We love the escapist notion of absolutely disappearing into a world unfamiliar and uncertain to us. Historical fiction does that and sometimes, when we are so lost in the mines of the mountains, in the exotic tragedies of 16th century Asia, our imaginations are [….]

Best/Worst Surprise Endings

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Some authors love to pull whammies on us. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than an evil plot twist, because, well, who doesn’t love a good surprise? They make us think, have us scrambling back through the pages trying to see how we missed the foreshadowing that led us to the endings we didn’t see coming. Then [….]

The Books That Scare the Crap Out of Us

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  There’s nothing quite like a great scare. Whether it’s the anticipation of monsters under your bed or the freaky feeling of shadowy figures hiding just around a darkened corner, being scared is certainly an adrenaline rush we enjoy. What intensifies the thrill of a great scare for us is when it comes from our [….]

LitStaff Pick: Open Thread

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This week, we’ve got a lot on our minds. From stories that stuck with us, to the frustration and exhilaration of the writing (and publishing) process, this week’s picks are as varied and unique as the writers who penned them. We hope you enjoy. Have a great week, LitStackers.  

LitStaff Pick: The Books That Remind Us of Our School Days

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Labor Day usually marks the end of summer and the return to bells, books and professions that Algebra will never, ever be used in life! It’s back to school time for most of the country and when we think about our time in school, particularly in those formative years when our minds were eager and [….]

LitStaff Pick: Top Two SciFi/Fantasy Stories Every Genre Fan Should Read

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There is something unique about genre fiction. Perhaps it is the notion that great fiction should offer an escape. Perhaps it is with only these types of stories that true escapism can be attained-some small path to temporary nirvana not found in other genres. That’s what we like to believe anyway. In this week’s staff [….]