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Literary Universes That Put the Marvel Movies to Shame - Page 7

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 Labours of Hercules
The Labours of Hercules
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Taken at the Flood
Taken at the Flood
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Witness for the Prosecution
Witness for the Prosecution
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Crooked House
Crooked House
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A Murder Is Announced (Agatha Christie)
A Murder Is Announced (Agatha Christie)
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Three Blind Mice - Agatha Christie (1948)
Three Blind Mice - Agatha Christie (1948)
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They Came to Baghdad
They Came to Baghdad
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The Under Dog (Agatha Christie)
The Under Dog (Agatha Christie)
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Mrs McGinty's Dead
Mrs McGinty's Dead
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They Do It With Mirrors
They Do It With Mirrors
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After the Funeral
After the Funeral
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A Pocket Full of Rye
A Pocket Full of Rye
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253
Destination Unknown
Destination Unknown
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Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock
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Dead Man's Folly
Dead Man's Folly
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4.50 From Paddington
4.50 From Paddington
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Ordeal by Innocence
Ordeal by Innocence
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Cat Among the Pigeons
Cat Among the Pigeons
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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
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The Pale Horse
The Pale Horse
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261
Double Sin (Agatha Christie)
Double Sin (Agatha Christie)
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The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side
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The Clocks (Agatha Christie)
The Clocks (Agatha Christie)
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A Caribbean Mystery
A Caribbean Mystery
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At Bertram's Hotel
At Bertram's Hotel
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Third Girl
Third Girl
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Endless Night
Endless Night
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By the Pricking of My Thumbs
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
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269
Hallowe'en Party
Hallowe'en Party
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Passenger to Frankfurt
Passenger to Frankfurt
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Nemesis
Nemesis
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The Golden Ball (Agatha Christie)
The Golden Ball (Agatha Christie)
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Elephants Can Remember
Elephants Can Remember
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Postern of Fate
Postern of Fate
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Poirot's Early Cases
Poirot's Early Cases
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Curtain
Curtain
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Sleeping Murder
Sleeping Murder
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Miss Marple's Final Cases (Agatha Christie)
Miss Marple's Final Cases (Agatha Christie)
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Problem at Pollensa Bay (Agatha Christie)
Problem at Pollensa Bay (Agatha Christie)
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The Harlequin Tea Set (Agatha Christie)
The Harlequin Tea Set (Agatha Christie)
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