Top 100 novels everJuly 23, 2016 – 11:03 pm

Top 100 novels ever

Earlier in this series, I excluded Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852) from this series on the grounds that, in the 19th century, much of its phenomenal popularity derived from its timely advocacy of abolition in the run-up to the American civil war. Similarly, To Kill a Mockingbird owed some of its success to extra-literary circumstances: it was published in the year JFK went to the White House, then caught the mood of the civil rights…

Visual novels like Saya no UtaJuly 19, 2016 – 10:38 pm

Visual novels like Saya no Uta

Each night, I went to sleep wishing that this would turn out to be a nightmare. Yet each morning I awoke to find that the world was just as horribly warped as it was the day before. I have to live while blending in, while acting like one of them. Just as I ve done these past three months, I will continue to do for the rest of my life. A Visual Novel / H-Game by Nitro+, Saya no Uta ( Song of Saya ) revolves around a medical school student, Fuminori…

Three novels of F. Scott FitzgeraldJuly 11, 2016 – 09:49 pm

Three novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald

On March 26, 1920, Scribner’s publishing house released “This Side of Paradise, ” the debut novel by author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book sold out its first print run in only three days, vaulting the 23-year-old writer to literary stardom. Fitzgerald would spend spent the rest of the 1920s and 30s chronicling the excesses of the “Jazz Age” in short story collections and novels like “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night.” Along the way, he struggled…

Visual novels available in AmericaMay 16, 2016 – 06:09 pm

Visual novels available in America

I ve been intrigued by visual novels ever since I first came across an Electronic Gaming Monthly preview of Silent Hill: Play Novel, a Japan exclusive launch title for the Game Boy Advance. This little blurb about a game destined to never come to North America served as my introduction to the genre. I had wondered for years just what it meant for a game to be little more than text on a screen. It wasn t until the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney…

Top novels of 2014 and 2013May 8, 2016 – 05:26 pm

Top novels of 2014 and 2013

A graphic novel set in a mythical time when the world is still young, about a man from the North Pole who travels to the South Pole, where he meets a woman. They fall in love, only to discover that because they’re from different poles they repel each other magnetically and therefore can never touch. (Never mind that opposed magnetic poles actually attract each other, just go with it.) To fill the void between them they spin stories—fantastical, funny…

Urdu novels Aab e HayatApril 22, 2016 – 04:54 pm

Urdu novels Aab e Hayat

At the function to release the novel sometime back, encomiums were poured on the novel, which Ahmad Mahfooz termed as a ‘Jadeed Aab-e-Hayat’. Syed Hamid said that it will help the reader in understanding the Indo-Islamic culture. The central characters of the novel are Yusuf Saadakar, his daughter Wazeer Khanum and their family. It starts from Yusuf’s grandfather Makhsus Ullah and the last generation is Wazeer Khanum’s grandson Waseem Jafar. The novel…

Are novels realApril 18, 2016 – 04:33 pm

Are novels real

The omni­present and deadly threat to the novel has been imminent now for a long time … Will Self. Photograph: Karen Robinson for the Guardian Karen Robinson/Guardian If you happen to be a writer, one of the great benisons of having children is that your personal culture-mine is equipped with its own canaries. As you tunnel on relentlessly into the future, these little harbingers either choke on the noxious gases released by the extraction of decadence…