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Literary Universes That Put the Marvel Movies to Shame - Page 5

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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Supūtoniku No Koibito / Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)
Supūtoniku No Koibito / Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)
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Umibe No Kafuka / Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
Umibe No Kafuka / Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
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Afutā Dāku / After Dark (Haruki Murakami)
Afutā Dāku / After Dark (Haruki Murakami)
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Ichi-Kyū-Hachi-Yon / 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
Ichi-Kyū-Hachi-Yon / 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
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Shikisai O Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru To, Kare No Junrei No Toshi / Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Yea (Haruki Murakami)
Shikisai O Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru To, Kare No Junrei No Toshi / Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Yea (Haruki Murakami)
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Men Without Women (Haruki Murakami)
Men Without Women (Haruki Murakami)
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American Gods
American Gods
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Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys
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The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes
The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes
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The Sandman the Doll's House
The Sandman the Doll's House
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The Sandman Dream Country
The Sandman Dream Country
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The Sandman Season of Mists
The Sandman Season of Mists
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The Sandman a Game of You
The Sandman a Game of You
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The Sandman Fables & Reflections
The Sandman Fables & Reflections
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The Sandman Brief Lives
The Sandman Brief Lives
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The Sandman Worlds' End
The Sandman Worlds' End
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The Sandman the Kindly Ones
The Sandman the Kindly Ones
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The Sandman the Wake
The Sandman the Wake
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Death: The High Cost of Living
Death: The High Cost of Living
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Death: The Time of Your Life
Death: The Time of Your Life
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The Sandman: Endless Nights
The Sandman: Endless Nights
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The Dream Hunters
The Dream Hunters
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The Sandman: Overture (Neil Gaiman)
The Sandman: Overture (Neil Gaiman)
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Lucifer Volume 1: Devil in the Gateway (Mike Carey)
Lucifer Volume 1: Devil in the Gateway (Mike Carey)
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Lucifer Vol.2 (Mike Carey)
Lucifer Vol.2 (Mike Carey)
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Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold (Alisa Kwitney)
Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold (Alisa Kwitney)
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Less Than Zero (Novel)
Less Than Zero (Novel)
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The Rules of Attraction (Novel)
The Rules of Attraction (Novel)
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189
American Psycho (Novel)
American Psycho (Novel)
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The Informers (Novel)
The Informers (Novel)
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Glamorama (Novel)
Glamorama (Novel)
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Lunar Park (Novel)
Lunar Park (Novel)
193
Imperial Bedrooms (Novel)
Imperial Bedrooms (Novel)
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Story of My Life
Story of My Life
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
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The Secret Adversary
The Secret Adversary
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The Murder on the Links
The Murder on the Links
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The Man in the Brown Suit
The Man in the Brown Suit
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Poirot Investigates
Poirot Investigates
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The Secret of Chimneys
The Secret of Chimneys
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