Popular fiction has always been a thing. Even dating back to what we now deem as the classic era, there were works that were, shall we say, popular – the likes of Dickens and Austin – but this is in stark contrast to what we now consider popular by today’s standards.
Lee Child and his creation Jack Reacher always seemed to be inseparable. Like peanut butter and jelly, or mint and chocolate, the two were the perfect combination: author and character working in tandem to a point where their names could not be mentioned without one another. Even authors such as John Connolly and Tom Clancy have written stories outside their most popular characters – Charlie Parker and Jack Ryan respectively – but is has never been on the cards for Lee Child to write about anyone other than Reacher. Peanut butter and Jelly.
Any book lover knows the excitement of getting stuck into a new book, but the debate over physical books versus ebooks shows no signs of slowing down. Physical books are still outselling ebooks, but only just, and there is a clear weight of feeling on both sides of the debate. We’ve gathered together here some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type. BooksIs there anything nicer than cracking open a brand new book and inhaling that new book smell? Well, yes, actually, and that is: cracking open an old book and getting a whiff of that old book smell!...
In 2019, some thirty-four years after The Handmaid’s Tale won the very first Arthur C. Clarke award for best novel, Margaret Atwood released a sequel called The Testaments, set some fifteen years after the original. It received tremendous critical and commercial acclaim and was joint winner of the Man Books Prize along with Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Not bad going for an author pushing eighty years old.
There is a moment during The Power of the Dog, the first part in Don Winslow’s outstanding Cartel Trilogy, where one cartel demonstrates their commitment to a very lucrative deal by kidnapping the young children of their nearest rival, a significant figure in the Mexican drug trade, driving them to the site of said deal, which happens to be located on a bridge overlooking a rocky fast moving river, and promptly throwing the screaming children off the bridge to their deaths. It’s harrowing, upsetting, and reminds the reader that no one is safe.