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Christine Ro

Christine writes about books for Literary Hub, VICE, and the Ploughshares blog. She occasionally writes about other topics, because someone once told her (although it seemed implausible) that there’s life outside of books. Blog:

50 Must-Read Books about Modern Englishness

Taken as a whole, the following books do suggest the breadth of quintessentially English characteristics. The list includes plays, short stories, novels, humour, comics, and nonfiction.

Are You a Male Novelist Whose Female Characters Are Comically Underdeveloped?

Hey there, male novelist with an impressive eye for character detail. Are you extending that eye to the women in your book? Here are some signs, to be taken with the sodium chloride compound of your choice, that your female characters might be underdeveloped.

The Appeal of Graphic Novels about Anthropomorphized Animals

There’s a long and proud tradition of turning non-human animals and hybrid animals into characters of graphic novels and comics. So, what is the appeal of graphic novels about anthropomorphized animals?

The Best Comics We Read in March 2018

Rioters chimed in with their favorite comic reads from last month. Without further ado, here are the best comics we read in March!

Inbox/Outbox: March 16, 2018

What books did you acquire (inbox) and finish (outbox) this week?

An Analysis of Impressive Comic Panels: Part 2

I love graphic novels and comic books. But as a text-focused person, I often have to tell myself to slow down and enjoy the (graphic) scenery. However, some pages and panels stop me in my tracks, making this reminder unnecessary. Here are a few examples of impressive comic panels from recent reading.

4 Intriguing Citizen Science Projects for Readers

Citizen science is mainstream now. If you're interested in poring over old documents, there are still plenty of ways to get involved. Here are 4 intriguing citizen science projects for readers, from the "people powered research" site Zooniverse.

100 Must-Read Comics about Brave People Who Aren’t Superheroes

Not all heroes wear capes.

11 Reasons to Shelve Your Books Backward

In the extreme silliness stakes, it’s hard to beat the recent craze for displaying book backwards.

An Analysis of Impressive Comic Panels: Part 1

Some pages and panels stop me in my tracks. Here are a few examples of impressive comic panels from recent reading: SHERLOCK BONES, MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, QUARANTINE ZONE, and HABIBI.

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: The British Library’s Crime Classics

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the British Library’s Crime Classics series of largely forgotten detective novels from the Golden Age.

Quiz: Real Manga or Made-up?

Manga series can have some wacky premises...and that's part of their charm. This quiz tests whether you can separate the real titles from the fakes.

3 Intriguing Comics That Play with Form

These experimental comics play with form or structure.

100 Must-Read Books for the Socially Awkward

Here are some suggestions of books for the socially awkward: books about loners, misfits, over-analyzers, introverts, and just the dismally uncool.

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Nonfiction Comics about the Middle East

Mini-reviews of four non-fiction comics about the Middle East, by Marjane Satrapi, Sarah Glidden, Riad Sattouf, and Joe Sacco.