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Top 10 Common Character Tropes

Top 10 Common Character Tropes

Avid readers know how book can be an incredible form of escapism where almost anything is possible and you never quite know what’s going to happen next. This is especially true when we look at graphic novel and comic book collections. Comic books, especially, are...

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Lockdown Reading

Lockdown Reading

Books to console, inspire and escape into... With all but essential workers on lockdown, and our social lives on hold, the time seems ripe for a (lockdown) reading revolution. But this is no holiday; anxiety will skew what and how we read. Perhaps you want to escape...

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Fantasy Without Magic: Can it Work?

Fantasy Without Magic: Can it Work?

Magic and the fantasy fiction genre, they go together like Bert and Ernie - or should I say Frodo and Sam? Wherever you look in fantasy, you’ll see examples of magic. Lord of the Rings, of course, is a famous example, but if you were to talk about more or less every...

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Perspectives on Identity in Short Stories

Perspectives on Identity in Short Stories

I often get to the end of a novel and think Now I know where it’s going, I’d love to read it again. But, as a book blogger reading around 150 contemporary novels a year, I rarely do. But short stories are different. There’s always time to reread those we particularly...

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Landscapes in Modern Myth

Landscapes in Modern Myth

Landscapes have a tendency to set off questions in my head, about what lies below the surface of a place and what possibilities there might be.   Can Fairy Tales Be Set in The Real World? I live in a beautiful part of the world, near glens could be taken straight...

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8 Women In Translation for 2019

8 Women In Translation for 2019

Why Should I Read Translated Works?If you agree that reading diverse benefits your brain, you’re probably open to reading novels in translation. If language affects thought, there can’t be a better way of accessing a mindset different to one’s own. Unfortunately, far...

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Does Diverse Reading Benefit Your Brain?

Does Diverse Reading Benefit Your Brain?

Reading As A Form Of Self Care?You’re probably familiar with the ethical arguments favouring diverse reading. Celebrating marginalised stories is part of what Inspired Quill is about. You might not be aware, however, that reading diverse makes sense from a self-care...

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