Litstack Rec: The Goldfinch & Doctor Sleep

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The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt The reception Donna Tartt garnered for her third novel—it washer first in twelve years—was called a phenomenon and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 (among other honors). The story centers on the childhood and youth of Theo Decker, an ordinary boy living in New York City with his mother, until [….]

Why We Love Our Genres

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The best thing about running a site like LitStack is the diversity of folks you meet. Our writers come from all walks of life; their ages vary from those still in college, to a granny or two. With this diversity comes a variety of tastes and preferences, a fact that is exhibited in the wide [….]

LitStack Encore Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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Doctor Sleep Stephen King Scribner Release Date:  September 24, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4767-2765-3 Another encore review of one of our favorite horror novels! Happy Halloween! I think I’ve said a number of times that horror stories simply aren’t my genre of choice, in books or movies, or what have you.  I’m just not one of those [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Glorious Failures

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My daughter was looking over the syllabus from a college English class that she had just started, and she was distraught over the thought of having to make an in-class critique of another student’s writing.  “I’m just not good at that sort of thing!” she despaired. I tried to allay her concerns by pointing out [….]

LitStack’s All Hallow’s Reads Recommendations

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It’s that time of year again! The week of Halloween marks (what we like to think of) as the beginning of the giving season, especially where books are concerned. Started in 2010, by Neil Gaiman All Hallow’s Reads “is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give [….]

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 [….]

Stephen King to Write the First Episode of ‘Under the Dome’s’ Second Season

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From Salon.com: CBS’s “Under the Dome,” a sci-fi drama based on the eponymous Stephen King novel, has been renewed for a second season. “Under the Dome” follows the inhabitants of a small town who must grapple with the realization that their town has been mysteriously trapped within a large dome. More people turned into the [….]

Stephen King on Rowling’s Pseudonym

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The USA Today asked literary legend, Stephen King (who has always been a big fan of the Harry Potter writer) his opinion on the news that JK Rowling penned a crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. When J.K. Rowling tried it, publishing The Cuckoo’s Calling as Robert Galbraith, she didn’t ask [….]

Summer Releases We Can’t Wait To Read

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Ah, summer. We love the sand between our toes, the water splashing our faces and, of course, those great “summer reads” that make the days seem long and lazy. There are a few certain titles, however, that we’d willingly fast forward time to get our hands on. From horror to SciFi to great thrillers, here [….]