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Literary Universes That Put the Marvel Movies to Shame - Page 4

We're all aware of the new trend in movies right now, where you make a bunch of different stories with separate characters and settings then tie them all together in a giant cinematic universe. The Avengers helped kick off Hollywood's new obsession, so now we've got movie universes where Captain America is frenemies with Iron Man, Batman fights Superman, and Dr. Jekyll shows up in Tom Cruise's Mummy reboot.
But Hollywood didn't invent this concept of uniting distinct characters and worlds into shared, fictional universes, and it certainly didn't perfect it. Authors have been devising their own multifaceted multiverses for nearly a century and—in the grand tradition of the book being better than the movie—these universes are way more complex, intricate, and entertaining than anything Marvel, DC, or any other movie studio has put on screen to date. Here are some of the most interesting, inspired, and endlessly enjoyable literary universes ever written.
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The Little Sisters of Eluria
The Little Sisters of Eluria
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Hearts in Atlantis
Hearts in Atlantis
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Black House
Black House
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From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8
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It (Stephen King)
It (Stephen King)
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The Wind Through the Keyhole
The Wind Through the Keyhole
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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
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The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
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The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower
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I Robot Isaac Asimov
I Robot Isaac Asimov
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The Caves of Steel
The Caves of Steel
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The Naked Sun
The Naked Sun
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The Robots of Dawn
The Robots of Dawn
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Robots and Empire
Robots and Empire
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Currents of Space
Currents of Space
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The Stars, Like Dust
The Stars, Like Dust
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Pebble in the Sky
Pebble in the Sky
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Prelude to Foundation
Prelude to Foundation
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Forward the Foundation
Forward the Foundation
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Foundation
Foundation
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Foundation and Empire
Foundation and Empire
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Second Foundation
Second Foundation
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Foundation's Edge
Foundation's Edge
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Foundation and Earth
Foundation and Earth
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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
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Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
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Summerland (Michael Chabon)
Summerland (Michael Chabon)
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The Final Solution (Michael Chabon)
The Final Solution (Michael Chabon)
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
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Gentlemen of the Road (Michael Chabon)
Gentlemen of the Road (Michael Chabon)
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Telegraph Avenue
Telegraph Avenue
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Moonglow (Michael Chabon)
Moonglow (Michael Chabon)
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1973-Nen No Pinbōru / Pinball, 1973 (Haruki Murakami)
1973-Nen No Pinbōru / Pinball, 1973 (Haruki Murakami)
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Hitsuji O Meguru Bōken / a Wild Sheep Chase (Haruki Murakami)
Hitsuji O Meguru Bōken / a Wild Sheep Chase (Haruki Murakami)
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Sekai No Owari & Hard-Boiled Wonderland / Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
Sekai No Owari & Hard-Boiled Wonderland / Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
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Noruwei No Mori / Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
Noruwei No Mori / Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
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Dansu Dansu Dansu / Dance Dance Dance (Haruki Murakami)
Dansu Dansu Dansu / Dance Dance Dance (Haruki Murakami)
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Kokkyō No Minami, Taiyō No Nishi / South of the Border, West of the Sun (Haruki Murakami)
Kokkyō No Minami, Taiyō No Nishi / South of the Border, West of the Sun (Haruki Murakami)
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Nejimaki-Dori Kuronikuru / the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
Nejimaki-Dori Kuronikuru / the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
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