Maggie Shipstead Dylan Thomas

Maggie Shipstead Takes Home Dylan Thomas Prize For Debut Novel

News by Dan Shewan November 14, 2012
Californian author Maggie Shipstead has won the prestigious Dylan Thomas prize for her debut novel, ‘Seating Arrangements.’
'Lionel Asbo: State of England' by Martin Amis

'Lionel Asbo: State of England' by Martin Amis

Review by Jack Joslin August 28, 2012
Do writers have a duty to their readers? A look at Martin Amis and his very angry novel 'Lionel Asbo: State of England'.

Stories: Should They Be Unique, Good, or Can They Be Both?

Column by John Jarzemsky July 16, 2012
Modern audiences are demanding more novelty from their stories, but how unique can writers get before form starts to suffer?

LURID: Bad Trips - Ten Novels With Serious Drug Psychosis

Column by Karina Wilson June 22, 2012
Despite the novelty of bath salts headlines, substance-induced psychosis is nothing new. Here's the Lurid Top Ten pick of the most nerve-jangling drug addiction stories from the last 200 years
Esquire Announces 'Fiction For Men'

Esquire Announces Plan To Publish 'Fiction For Men', Is Mocked On The Internet

News by Rob Hart May 22, 2012
Esquire magazine plans to publish fiction for men, which the editor in chief describes as work that is "plot-drive and exciting, where one thing happens after another."
Can Fiction Affect Your Personality?

This Is Your Brain On Books: Can Fiction Affect Your Real Life?

News by Dave Reuss May 9, 2012
A new study finds that "losing yourself" in books may change your personality.

The Blagger's Guide to Philosophy and Literature

Column by Cath Murphy May 2, 2012
Don't know your Foucault from your fucked up? This short but essential guide to philosophy's influence on fiction is here to help.
'The Mirage' by Matt Ruff

'The Mirage' by Matt Ruff

Review by Brandon Tietz February 7, 2012
11/09/2001: Christian fundamentalists hijack four jetliners. Two of them crash into the World Trade Center of Baghdad, and the United Arab States declare their war on terror against America.
Flame Alphabet Giveaway

'The Flame Alphabet' Book Giveaway Winners

News by Joshua Chaplinsky January 18, 2012
LitReactor is giving away two copies of 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus, courtesy of Knopf. Here are your winners.

Required Reading: The Pros and Cons

Column by John Jarzemsky January 11, 2012
Anyone who ever went to school has been forced to read stuff that they hated. Does the concept of a required curriculum do more harm than good?
'1Q84' by Haruki Murakami

'1Q84' by Haruki Murakami

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky November 11, 2011
Murakami's latest is an epic genre mash-up that takes its time and does a whole lot of things right.
'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline

'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline

Review by John Jarzemsky November 9, 2011
A review of the earnest, but ultimately unsatisfying geek sci-fi romp "Ready Player One."

Book Brawl: Geek Love vs. Water for Elephants

Column by Meredith Borders October 21, 2011
'Geek Love' and 'Water For Elephants' each detail the daily lives of circus workers in vastly different ways. What novel will win the coveted honor of literary victor?
"Damascus" by Joshua Mohr

'Damascus' by Joshua Mohr

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky October 11, 2011
A cancer patient, a prostitute, and Santa Claus walk into a bar...
'The Visible Man' by Chuck Klosterman

'The Visible Man' by Chuck Klosterman

Review by Meredith Borders October 10, 2011
Chuck Klosterman's 'The Visible Man' is a philosophical study on the fleeting nature of reality disguised as a super fun sci-fi thriller.