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Mini Book Reviews: Erotic Romance

Image: Pixabay [Hannah Myers | Contributing Writer] Admit it, everyone has read a piece of erotic fiction in their life, even if it was completely by accident. Erotic fiction is a way to escape the mundane, because I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen an advert in any DIY-shop to buy a “Red Room of Pain”. Before we start, I feel like I must remind you of the following: bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism (BDSM) is included in lots of erotica; the common principles of which ar

Erotic literature: when words tease the senses

Image: Pixabay [Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] Erotic literature has been around for years – way before 50 Shades of Grey – and it continues to flourish. It can be found in the form of novels, short stories, poetry, memoirs or even sex manuals; covering subjects such as prostitution, homosexuality, sadomasochism and the world of fetish. Defining erotic literature is hard; yes it’s a book about sex, but it’s not just that. Many popular non-erotic novels have lots of sex

Classic Horror Reviews: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Hannah Myers | Contributing Writer The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favourite classic horror books, and making my favourites list is a feat. I am not a fan of horror at all; I hide behind a cushion when something scary comes on the TV. Honestly I am a wimp. I’m not saying that Dorian Gray isn’t scary, but it’s much more psychological than physical horror. The novel uses strong deeply-embedded themes, and it would take a true master to read it without being even a littl

Black History Month: Octavia E. Butler

Image: John Jude Palencar [Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] How many black authors have you read? Or more specifically, how many black authors do you actually know? It’s safe to say that the publishing industry is still affected by institutional racism, making it extremely hard for black authors – and more so, black women authors – to gain the same recognition and literary fame as their white counterparts. In light of this, I would like to introduce you to one of my favour

Book Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor] Bone Gap is one of those books that is so good it leaves you almost speechless. Not only does it have one of the most original and compelling plots I’ve ever read but lyrically, the Laura Ruby’s words are stunningly beautiful – almost poetry. Laura Ruby is spellbindingly adept at spinning this tale, creating enough mystery and intrigue to keep the reader constantly on their toes. “Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps

7 books for 7 continents: Turn a page and travel the world

[Jennie Couling | Contributing Writer] Books are great: Through reading we can be transported to any place, any time, any life. While you might not get a tan reading these, any of these books will transport you to another place and culture for about the same price as a trip to the seaside. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta (2004) 1) ASIA Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found is author Suketu Mehta’s autobiographical experience of Mumbai and was a 2005 Pulitzer

5 weird and wonderful novels

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor] For this month’s BlueMoon, we’re celebrating all things Weird and Wonderful so if you’re currently in a reading slump, and need something weird, wonderful or both to spruce up your bookshelf, stay tuned. 1.Wonder by R. J. Palacio Our first book is definitely on the side of wonderful. Wonder tells the story of August, who is a ten year old boy with a facial abnormality. If you like John Green, Wonder is for you – this is a heartwarming, tearjerke

Upcoming events: St Albans Fashion Week and more

[Krystyna King | Events Secretary] St Alban’s Fashion Week 2014 – 27th October – 2nd November Rebecca Harding tells Trident Media what Fashion Week has to offer for personal and career gain. Plus, what you can look forward to during this exclusive high end event. Definitely a week you cannot miss out on! Those interested in fashion, design, modelling, styling and beauty will find these events very ideal. As it is located so close to the university, there is no excuse! The wee

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