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Review: A Case of Indian Marvels edited by David Davidar

The first thing that comes to mind when one leafs through this anthology is the boldness of the enterprise. David Davidar strays away from the stalwarts of Indian fiction to give voice to emerging writers. What it also does is provide an unanticipated breadth to the collection of fiction the reader is about to enjoy. Forty stories united by nothing more than the age of their writers, spanning themes ranging from the political to the personal and the commonplace to the surreal. Mythological retellings, mental health,…

Bethesda is launching a huge Fallout anthology collection just before the TV show airs

The TV adaptation of Fallout is due to air on April 12. To celebrate this – and because you need more Fallout in your life – Bethesda is launching an anthology of all the games in the series. The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. (my word, is that a pain to type out!) Anthology set is launching April 11 and comes with a total of seven games. You’ll get Fallouts 1-4, New Vegas, 76, and even the 2001 release Tactics. To cap it off, the set will arrive in a mini-nuke that makes an “audible bomb” sound when you open it. I can’t see how…

New anthology on ‘magical’ texts published

The project team at the start of work at the end of 2018 in the University Library's manuscript collection with (from left) Markéta Preininger, Korshi Dosoo and Edward O. D. Love. Credit: Gunnar Bartsch, University of Wuerzburg "Magical" texts from Egypt in Coptic script and language are at the center of a research project at the University of Würzburg. They have now been collected and scientifically annotated for the first…

Freaky Tales review – Pedro Pascal-led 80s anthology isn’t freaky enough | Sundance 2024

More often than not, the opening night slot at Sundance has become more curse than blessing, too many films living and dying in just one night, barely to be seen again. Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s sci-fi comedy The Pod Generation anyone? How about the Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore melodrama After the Wedding? Daisy Ridley’s suicide drama Sometimes I Think About Dying? Or maybe that sequel to An Inconvenient Truth that you didn’t even know existed? This year’s sacrificial lamb, the 80s-set anthology Freaky…

Book Box | Food books for a festive Christmas and holiday season

Dear Reader, Indian Christmas My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas. I managed to get around that hurdle, by the judicious act of entering this world on Christmas Eve. I went to school in a Catholic Convent with nativity plays and cake to mark the day. Thus topping nature with nurture has ensured my Christmas week stays about food, festivities and presents. Wrap up the year gone by & gear up for 2024 with HT! Click here Lately, I have ratcheted up my gift quotient, by giving people ‘return presents’ on my…

AJ Thomas – “If the narrative element is strong, the story will hold”

There could be various versions of books such as The Greatest Malayalam Stories Ever Told. Each editor will perhaps have a different selection. Don’t you think that titles such as these are at best an aberration? AJ Thomas, editor and translator, The Greatest Malayalam Stories Ever Told (Courtesy the subject) This is the title Aleph Book Company uses for their series. They already have The Greatest Stories… from 13 other literatures of India, such as Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Goan, Marathi,…

Review: Queers in QuarantineEdited by Koyote Millar and Rahul Sen

How did queer people in India and other parts of the world experience the Covid-19 pandemic? What kinds of socio-economic support were they able to access during periods of lockdown and quarantine? To what extent did their gender identity and sexual orientation shape their everyday lives? Who were the most marginalized among the marginalized? To dig into these questions, read Queers in Quarantine edited by Koyote Millar and Rahul Sen. Millar is a poet and therapist based in Norway. Sen is a PhD candidate at Tufts…

Lust Stories 2 OTT release: Where to watch Mrunal Thakur, Tamannah Bhatia anthology online

After huge anticipation over the last few weeks, Lust Stories 2 has finally premiered on OTT platforms. It is the sequel to the Emmy-nominated show Lust Stories. It is an anthology comprising four different short films and unlike the first season, all the films are by different directors. Lust Stories 2 revolves around the story of four women through short films and delves into the themes of desire and love while showcasing a new perspective on the aspects of human relationships. Now, Lust Stories 2 has finally premiered…

Weird Tales 100 Years of Weird Illustrated Anthology First Look

Illustration by Francesco Francavilla Image: Blackstone PublishingWeird Tales—which delivers exactly the kind of freaky, spooky stories you’d expect—marks its 100th anniversary this year, and is celebrating with the release of illustrated anthology Weird Tales: 100 Years of Weird. It’ll include entries from authors like Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as contemporary writers.Here’s more from the press release:“Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first issues of Weird Tales Magazine, 100 Years of Weird is a

Black Mirror season 6 reviews: exploring Netflix’s sci-fi anthology

After a hiatus of a few years — season 5 premiered back in 2019 — Black Mirror is back, with a five-episode season that’s streaming now on Netflix. As always, this season is an anthology, with each episode exploring different ways technology could impact our lives (usually for the worse). Or, you know, exactly the kind of thing The Verge staff is really into. Because each episode stands on its own, we’ll be exploring them individually, with different writers tackling different stories. There are five episodes in total —…