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Literary Universes That Put the Marvel Movies to Shame - Page 8

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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While the Light Lasts (Agatha Christie)
While the Light Lasts (Agatha Christie)
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The Colour of Magic
The Colour of Magic
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The Light Fantastic
The Light Fantastic
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Equal Rites
Equal Rites
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Mort (Terry Pratchett)
Mort (Terry Pratchett)
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Sourcery
Sourcery
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Wyrd Sisters
Wyrd Sisters
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Pyramids
Pyramids
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Guards! Guards!
Guards! Guards!
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Eric
Eric
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Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures
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Reaper Man
Reaper Man
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293
Witches Abroad
Witches Abroad
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Small Gods
Small Gods
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Lords and Ladies
Lords and Ladies
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Men at Arms
Men at Arms
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Soul Music
Soul Music
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Interesting Times
Interesting Times
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Maskerade
Maskerade
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Feet of Clay
Feet of Clay
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301
Hogfather
Hogfather
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Jingo
Jingo
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The Last Continent
The Last Continent
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Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
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The Truth
The Truth
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The Fifth Elephant
The Fifth Elephant
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Thief of Time
Thief of Time
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The Last Hero
The Last Hero
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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
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Night Watch
Night Watch
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The Wee Free Men
The Wee Free Men
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Monstrous Regiment
Monstrous Regiment
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A Hat Full of Sky
A Hat Full of Sky
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Going Postal
Going Postal
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Thud!
Thud!
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Wintersmith
Wintersmith
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Making Money
Making Money
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Unseen Academicals
Unseen Academicals
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I Shall Wear Midnight
I Shall Wear Midnight
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Snuff
Snuff
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