- Thriller Novels
- All about thriller novels - the genre and sub genres, my favourites, video trailers and the like. What are thriller novels? Wikipaedia includes 10 sub-categories (though I prefer the term sub-genre), and I think that the definition they use, as of today, is too specific.
- How To Choose A Thriller Novel
- How to choose a thriller novel: Thriller novels have supplied suspense, exhilaration, and enjoyment to readers since the first beginnings of the genre. Here are some guidelines to finding the ones you will like. The skill of the thriller writer is in working the levers of the reader’s emotions and imagination to ratchet up the levels of tension and anticipation, laying false trails and building suspense. Not all writers are suitably skilled. Then, for me, a good thriller should inform as well as entertain and so the best thrillers will have been built around a lot of research – maybe into technology, culture or locations. They very best will have a fair bit of detail about all three, and other aspects, too.
- The Anatomy Of Thriller Novels
- What makes thriller novels? For that matter, what is a thriller novel? James Marinero speculates on this eclectic genre, with at least eight sub-genres. Is it writing that gets the heart rate up, that gives you nightmares? Does it have to be gory? Does a good thriller stop you sleeping? My preferred reading in the thriller novels genre is that which might come in several flavours: action thriller, espionage thriller, technothriller, political thriller. Generally, they do not involve horror, the occult, crime or mystery fiction in the conventional sense, neither do they necessarily involve physical violence (though there are few that do not). Suspense there should be, aplenty, and there will be crimes, for sure. But thrills? Gut wrenching fright? I guess that comes down to how the individual reader ‘gets their thrills’. It’s an interesting word to apply, but in this genre for me it means that you cannot put down a book because the story is so enagaging – it’s 2 am and you have to work the next day…go on, just one more chapter!
- Thriller Novels: Where Did They Come From?
- Thriller novels have supplied suspense, exhilaration, and enjoyment to readers since the first beginnings of the genre. What are the origins, structures and devices used in this great literary tradition? The precursors of thriller novels originated with the writers of ancient civilizations such as the Greeks or Persians. For example, the Odyssey in Greek and the Mahabharata in Sanskrit were, arguably created using narrative structures still shown in today's thriller novels. Originating in the 10th Century (so research suggests and translated by Sir Richard Burton in the 19th Century), 'One Thousand and One Nights' (aka The Arabian Nights) plots the first ever detective thriller as a story entitled as “The Three Apples”.
- Action Thriller Novels
- An index to my favourite action thriller novels. Is it writing that gets the heart rate up, that gives you nightmares? Does it have to be gory? Does a good thriller stop you sleeping? Do you like your action continuous or continual?
- The Bourne Identity
- The Bourne Identity - a favourite amongst my action thriller novels. Is it the writing that gets the heart rate up, that gives you nightmares? Does it have to be gory? Does a good thriller stop you sleeping? Non stop action - is that important?
- Espionage Thriller Novels
- An index to my favourite espionage thriller novels. Spy craft and subterfuge, duplicity and double dealing - lying, deceiving, planning, cheating, executing. All ingredients of the best spy novels.
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Spy craft and subterfuge, duplicity and double dealing - lying, deceiving, planning, cheating, executing. All ingredients of the classic espionage novel. Video Trailer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy directed by Tomas Alfredson, with an all star British cast including John Hurt, Colin Firth, Benedict
Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman and Kathy Burke.
- The Ipcress File
- One of Len Deighton's best. Video Trailer of The Ipcress File - the Michael Caine version, with Sue Looyd and Gordon Jackson. Spy craft and subterfuge, duplicity and double dealing - lying, deceiving, planning, cheating, executing. All ingredients of the classic espionage novel.
- Hunt For Red October
- The book that Reagan read - maybe the only one? I don't know, but this is a master expostion of the techno-thriller. Certainly, for most afficionados of thriller novels, this ranks up there with Day of the Jackal. There's a Video Trailer too.