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a spy story/novel/movie etc
▪ John Le Carré is famous for writing spy stories.
▪ one of the most exciting spy movies of all time
dime novel
mass-market paperback/novel/film etc
▪ a mass-market paperback priced at $8.99
self-indulgent novel/film etc (=said when you think the book or film only expresses the author or director's own interests, which are not interesting to other people)
suspense novel/story/movie etc (=one which is exciting because you do not know what will happen next)
▪ The reader's time and money would be better spent reading that classic novel you have been putting off for years.
▪ Why the classic novel should have collaborated with the spirit of capitalism is perfectly obvious to Robyn.
▪ The Middlemen is uneven and less well-written than Brooke-Rose's earlier novels.
▪ And there are other reappearances from the earlier novel.
▪ Michel Butor's justifications for the devices used in his early novels are also grounded in the language of mimetic realism.
▪ She published a total of sixteen books in her career, of which ten were Gothic novels.
▪ Rebecca also gives us Manderley, the first house to become a truly memorable character in a gothic novel.
▪ There he penned a juvenile Gothic novel, a copy of which he intended to send to his belle.
▪ Essentially, these Gothic novels are not the Gothics of today.
▪ An abbey! the very sound of the word is thrilling to the young devotee of the Gothic novel.
▪ Only their Gothic Romance novels are listed below; any other romance works will be discussed in the appropriate chapters.
▪ Older writers of Romantic Suspense and Gothic novels suddenly became popular and the careers of numerous new authors were launched.
▪ He wrote what many believe to be the greatest novel ever written.
▪ Quixote, Don, eponymous hero of the great novel by Cervantes.
▪ It can be argued that no truly great novel has yet been written about the second world war.
▪ Tolstoy, Hemingway and Hardy, thrillers and spy stories, historical novels, light romances.
▪ Many readers of Historical Romances also read historical novels, broadening the field of selection immensely.
▪ Tony Ballard was a painter and his wife, Zelah, wrote historical novels.
▪ The Gylbys' story reads like a historical novel.
▪ The reverse is also true; those who prefer historical novels may also enjoy some Historical Romances.
▪ Thus, the symbol for easy-reading historical and period novels would be F8a. 4.
▪ The distinction between the Romantic Historical and the straight historical novel is a fuzzy one at best.
▪ For much of its course, the later novel takes all this for granted.
▪ Since finishing the latest William Wilson novel two weeks earlier, he had been languishing.
▪ As Gargy Patel reports, it intrigues detectives to this day, and has also inspired the latest Inspector Morse novel.
▪ He'd sent her Iris Murdoch's latest novel.
▪ Naughty by nature: Busi's latest novel latin lover Aldo Busi gives good quote.
▪ His new novel will be published next spring. 53.
▪ Two new novels about cavemen are slugging it out in bookstores.
▪ By and large, the new novel since 1953 has moved most naturally between social comedy and farce.
▪ These new novels, however, were not the Historicals of the immediate past.
▪ Brilliant new novel of redemption and rebirth from the winner of the 1988 Booker Prize.
▪ A duty to describe is the moral hallmark of the new novel.
▪ The new novel is just and filthy.
▪ In texture the new novel is comic.
▪ Soon after her marriage Charlotte Despard became a writer of popular novels.
▪ Mrs Keep entertained with chapters of popular novels.
▪ How many of the popular novels of the past evoke derision rather than appreciation if we read them in too literal a spirit!
▪ Once the staple of popular novels, music and movies, we rarely hear praise of the R-word any more.
▪ Escapism isn't just limited to dipping into science fiction or a romantic novel.
▪ Most of her Romantic Suspense novels are now considered classic examples of the subgenre.
▪ You've been reading too many romantic novels, she told herself.
▪ Gripping Romantic Suspense novel of international intrigue.
▪ It was under this imprint that the light romantic novels were issued which constituted the staple fare of Lane's circulating libraries.
▪ As a life, it had the ingredients of a blockbuster romantic novel or epic costume film.
▪ Looking back now they might have been playing out the rôle of characters from some nineteenth-century romantic novel.
▪ Compare the romantic suspense novels of Mary Stewart with the international espionage tales of Ian Fleming.
▪ She would be around forty but had the appearance of a heroine in a Victorian novel - tall, willowy, ethereal.
▪ You go on home now, and put those Victorian novels away.
▪ One might with only slight exaggeration claim that firelight illuminates virtually every positive page in Victorian novels.
▪ She read Victorian novels and studied textbooks of anatomy.
▪ Accounts as overt as Kingsley's are, as I have said, most unusual in Victorian novels.
▪ Social analysts and novelists alike seem determined to make these connections visible - hence the detective element in many Victorian novels.
▪ Turner's secret life sounds like the stuff of a Victorian sensation novel.
▪ What then ensures that you keep within the confines of the crime novel?
▪ It is the equivalent of the crime novel we have already analysed.
▪ In one unpublished crime novel, the extortion plan was mentioned, he added.
▪ Story, narrative, is what best keeps a crime novel squarely in the entertainment field and one should never forget it.
▪ But they should be aimed at if you are writing in short story form the equivalent of the crime novel.
▪ Your task in writing a crime novel will be different.
▪ You will end up having written a novel, not a crime novel.
▪ Where exactly it began rather depends on whether or not you decide to categorise certain books as police procedurals or as perhaps crime novels.
▪ One last observation about the detective novel.
▪ It was limited, all gleaned from detective novels.
▪ The same is true for the opening of the detective novel in Task 1.
▪ How does it differ from the detective novel?
▪ The murder helped prove a new science and became the plot in a detective novel.
▪ But otherwise it had all the ingredients of the detective novel, down to a theme, the passion for justice.
▪ Like the detective novel, the romance abides by a hermeneutic code, in which the outcome is always assured.
▪ But characters will be much more present, be seen in much greater, convoluted depth even than in the detective novel.
▪ The pleasures of the romance novel are not dissimilar from those of the chocolate bar; naughty but nice.
▪ Daniels, Dorothy Has produced approximately 150 romance novels, mostly of the gothic variety.
▪ Leave it to the intellectuals to deride romance novels.
▪ Their marriage has been the kind you read about in romance novels.
▪ As for the staying power of the romance novel in the 21st century, history may well be on its side.
▪ Persistent, pervasive, and omnipresent, romance novels are everywhere.
▪ Wind from the south always boded evil in the old romance novels.
▪ It is the suspense novel, a type more easily recognised than defined.
▪ Most of her Romantic Suspense novels are now considered classic examples of the subgenre.
▪ If this notion suits you temperamentally, then try producing this sort of suspense novel.
▪ Romantic suspense novels are escape novels.
▪ Gripping Romantic Suspense novel of international intrigue.
▪ Compare the romantic suspense novels of Mary Stewart with the international espionage tales of Ian Fleming.
▪ Spider was written by Patrick McGrath, and is based on his 1991 novel of the same name.
▪ Back in the United States he supported himself by doing construction work while trying to publish short stories and novels.
▪ That he succeeds in having it both ways is our experience of reading his novel in its dominant and thriller aspect.
▪ I write letters, read novels, watch Ken paint.
▪ He read a great deal as a child and later said that he read Euclid as easily as an adult reads a novel.
▪ Her father read from novels when the plates were cleared.
▪ The Gylbys' story reads like a historical novel.
▪ Angus Wilson could write a cruel novel about Kyrenia.
▪ I write letters, read novels, watch Ken paint.
▪ This one sentence from the notebooks goes straight home to the novel which eventually got written.
▪ The News is now edited by Pete Hamill, who also writes novels.
▪ In the 1920s and 1930s Nina Boyle wrote a number of novels.
▪ He was extremely prolific, writing novels, short stories, detective fiction set in Harlem.
▪ He also wrote a string of novels and short stories.
▪ My experience was limited largely to news and news feature writing until recently, when I ventured to write a novel.
detective story/novel etc
▪ But they can also be used to play the game that is the simple blueprint detective story.
▪ Elizabeth did not like detective stories, because some one was usually hanged at the end of them.
▪ I wanted to stay and read the latest Encyclopedia Brown detective story.
▪ It was the feeling she had had as a child when she frightened herself with a detective story.
▪ Key elements are missing, primarily the complexities, surprises and textures of the detective stories.
▪ Their approach is informal and Physics of Stellar Evolution and Cosmology reads like a scientific detective story.
▪ This is the detective novel or the crime novel which makes its comments on life through humour rather than more directly.
▪ Your detective of the detective story, of course, went about seeking information.
▪ a novel by John Irving
▪ Butler has also written several historical novels under the pen-name of Jenny Melville.
▪ Johnston's nudes look like cover art for romantic novels.
▪ Keller's debut novel is about a Korean woman who was sold into prostitution during World War II.
▪ The movie is based on a novel by Anne Tyler.
▪ The new Sidney Shelton novel is to be adapted for film later in the year.
▪ This is the study where Hemingway wrote the legendary novels 'Death in the Afternoon' and 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'.
▪ As a life, it had the ingredients of a blockbuster romantic novel or epic costume film.
▪ For much of its course, the later novel takes all this for granted.
▪ I started to plan a novel.
▪ My experience was limited largely to news and news feature writing until recently, when I ventured to write a novel.
▪ Nathalie Sarraute's novels could be claimed to display autonomy and reflexivity, despite her preoccupation with such a mimetic project.
▪ No such novel ever got written.
▪ The novel contains a number of important historical accidents which reveal the heavy hand of the author.
▪ The new novel usually starts from where one is, seldom from a vision of a lost world or future utopia.
▪ Thus it was that the world took such note of Fleischmann and Pons' claim to have found a novel approach.
▪ For example, when the legislature asked for a study of the personnel department, the change leaders took a novel approach.
▪ The most novel approach related to sickness benefit.
▪ Another novel approach was used by an applicant for a sales position with a large department store.
▪ Then for comparison, entertainment and for later examination we offer a more novel approach which apparently uses only irreducibility.
▪ This time, the owner of Drew Nicol's pub in Cockburn Street tried a novel approach to avoid unwanted thefts.
▪ And the visitor's interest is kept alive by the deeply moving beauty of novel forms.
▪ This mechanism suggests a novel form of contraception.
▪ A special mention should be made of the use of novel forms of clauses designed to exclude any possibility of judicial review.
▪ In Haryana, women have devised a novel form of protest.
▪ The imposition of the retirement condition constituted a novel form of institutionalized dependence.
▪ It was such a novel idea it was hard to get your mind around it.
▪ Sometimes, however, novel ideas can boomerang.
▪ It was a novel idea and one we appreciated later when the weather improved.
▪ Law-and-order was one thing; the novel idea of the public sector providing parkland for the people was quite another.
▪ At that time, this was a relatively novel idea without much basis in fact.
▪ It's a novel idea whose time has come.
▪ He never had another fundamentally novel idea in general biological theory.
▪ However in this section I include a few novel ideas.
▪ The new regiment was the Army's first experiment in sending men into battle by this novel method.
▪ This is certainly a novel method of signaling fair-mindedness on the eve of serious federal policy negotiations.
▪ Frank has organised this novel method of fund raising - final date for offers is December 14.
▪ Moreover his novel method is notable, as the artists have all a conventional and uniform style in regard to the representation of mountains.
▪ Politics, intrigue, and action characterize this contemporary novel set in New York.
▪ Or he may surprise you with a novel way to cope.
▪ In Loreto Entally, however, the community soon found a more novel way of distinguishing the two.
▪ If the adventurers are not very knowledgeable about Constant Drachenfels, this is a novel way of feeding them some more information.
▪ There are now novel ways to go wrong.
▪ The model produced provides an excellent and novel way of viewing the business.
▪ This involves making random leaps and jumps in thinking in order to develop novel ways of problem solving.
▪ Creative thinking is the process of developing new ideas, new inventions and novel ways of doing things.
▪ The Oxford postgraduate student has hit on a novel way of studying moths on his forthcoming trip to Sumatra.
▪ a novel approach to the problem
▪ I spent six months living in a monastery in northern India, which was a novel experience.
▪ Scientists have come up with a novel way of catching fish.
▪ Tonight's TV news will be presented in a novel format.
▪ A novel development, the company claims, it turns Macs into cheap workstations.
▪ Since then, imprisoning corporate officials has become less novel but by no means universal.
▪ The model produced provides an excellent and novel way of viewing the business.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Novel \Nov"el\, n. [F. nouvelle. See Novel, a.]

  1. That which is new or unusual; a novelty.

  2. pl. News; fresh tidings. [Obs.]

    Some came of curiosity to hear some novels.

  3. A fictitious tale or narrative, longer than a short story, having some degree of complexity and development of characters; it is usually organized as a time sequence of events, and is commonly intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and often of love.

  4. [L. novellae (sc. constitutiones): cf. F. novelles.] (Law) A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel, a.


Novel \Nov"el\, a. [OF. novel, nuvel, F. nouvel, nouveau, L. novellus, dim. of novus new. See New.] Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.

Note: In civil law, the novel or new constitutions are those which are supplemental to the code, and posterior in time to the other books. These contained new decrees of successive emperors.

Novel assignment (Law), a new assignment or specification of a suit.

Syn: New; recent; modern; fresh; strange; uncommon; rare; unusual.

Usage: Novel, New . Everything at its first occurrence is new; that is novel which is so much out of the ordinary course as to strike us with surprise. That is a new sight which is beheld for the first time; that is a novel sight which either was never seen before or is seen but seldom. We have daily new inventions, but a novel one supposes some very peculiar means of attaining its end. Novel theories are regarded with distrust, as likely to prove more ingenious than sound.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"new, strange, unusual," early 15c., but little used before 1600, from Old French novel, nouvel "new, young, fresh, recent; additional; early, soon" (Modern French nouveau, fem. nouvelle), from Latin novellus "new, young, recent," diminutive of novus "new" (see new).


"fictitious narrative," 1560s, from Italian novella "short story," originally "new story," from Latin novella "new things" (source of Middle French novelle, French nouvelle), neuter plural or fem. of novellus (see novel (adj.)). Originally "one of the tales or short stories in a collection" (especially Boccaccio's), later (1630s) "long work of fiction," works which had before that been called romances.\n\nA novel is like a violin bow; the box which gives off the sounds is the soul of the reader.

[Stendhal, "Life of Henri Brulard"]


Etymology 1 a. new, original, especially in an interesting way Etymology 2

n. 1 (context obsolete English) A novelty; something new. (15th-18th c.) 2 (context now historical English) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work. (from 16th c.) 3 A work of prose fiction, longer than a short story. (from 17th c.) 4 (context classical studies historical English) A new legal constitution in ancient Rome. (from 17th c.)

  1. adj. of a kind not seen before; "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem" [syn: fresh, new]

  2. pleasantly novel or different; "common sense of a most refreshing sort" [syn: refreshing]

  1. n. a extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story

  2. a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction; "his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels"; "he burned all the novels"

Novel (album)

Novel is the second album released by singer Joey Pearson. This second album of Pearson's has one of his songs from his debut album, Don't Give Up, which was extended and remixed for the new album. It also contains a version of Stevie Wonder's Living for the City.

Novel (disambiguation)

A novel is a long prose narrative.

'''Novel ''' may also refer to:

  • Novel (album), an album by Joey Pearson
  • Novel (film), a 2008 Malayalam film
  • Novel (musician) (born 1981), American hip-hop artist
  • The Novel, a 1991 novel by James A. Michener
  • Novel, Haute-Savoie, a commune in eastern France
  • Novels (Roman law), a term for a new Roman law in the Byzantine era
  • Novel, Inc., a video game studio and enterprise simulation developer
  • Novellae Constitutiones or The Novels, laws passed by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I
  • Novel: A Forum on Fiction, an academic journal
  • Novel, a minor musical side project of Adam Young
Novel (Roman law)

In Roman law, a Novel (Lat. novella) is a new decree or edict, in other words a new law. The term was used from the fourth century AD onwards and was specifically used for laws issued after the publishing of the Codex Theodosianus in 438 and then for the Justiniac Novels, or Novellae Constitutiones. The term was used on and off in later Roman history until falling out of use during the late Byzantine period.

Novel (film)

Novel is a 2008 Malayalam film produced and directed by East Coast Vijayan. This is East Coast Vijayan's debut directorial film.

Novel (musician)

Alonzo Mario Stevenson, (born September 3, 1981) professionally known as Novel, is an American hip-hop/soul artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a Grammy Award winning songwriter, singer, rapper and producer with also 5 Grammy nominations. He is the son of Motown's William "Mickey" Stevenson and the grandson of soul pioneer Solomon Burke.

Novel has collaborated with artists such as Lauryn Hill and Talib Kweli, and worked with other musicians including Joell Ortiz, Joss Stone, David Guetta, India.Arie, Tweet, Stacie Orrico and Smokey Robinson and others. He has received over 5 Grammy nominations and 1 win in all different categories and is considered very versatile for writing & producing in the Pop genre, Alternative, Rock, Hiphop, R&B, even Jazz, Dance, Electronic, Including gospel, and currently working on country.


A novel is a long narrative, normally in prose, which describes fictional characters and events, usually in the form of a sequential story.

The genre has also been described as possessing "a continuous and comprehensive history of about two thousand years". This view sees the novel's origins in Classical Greece and Rome, medieval, early modern romance, and the tradition of the novella. The latter, an Italian word used to describe short stories, supplied the present generic English term in the 18th century. Ian Watt, however, in The Rise of the Novel (1957) suggests that the novel first came into being in the early 18th century,

Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, is frequently cited as the first significant European novelist of the modern era; the first part of Don Quixote was published in 1605.

The romance is a closely related long prose narrative. Walter Scott defined it as "a fictitious narrative in prose or verse; the interest of which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents", whereas in the novel "the events are accommodated to the ordinary train of human events and the modern state of society". However, many romances, including the historical romances of Scott, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, are also frequently called novels, and Scott describes romance as a "kindred term". Romance, as defined here, should not be confused with the genre fiction love romance or romance novel. Other European languages do not distinguish between romance and novel: "a novel is le roman, der Roman, il romanzo."

Usage examples of "novel".

The rather slow-moving, actionless last section of the novel further reduces an already-reactive Frederic to virtual passivity.

Arkham House werewolf novel, published for the first time in Britain with a new Introduction by the author, an Afterword and interior illustrations by Stephen Jones, and a wraparound dustjacket by Randy Broecker.

The agelasts who will find the novel frivolous and sacrilegious made up their minds a long time ago.

A young, bored, anorexic girl flicked the pages of a Simone De Beauvoir novel.

Nastasya Filippovna is fated to disappear for much of the last half of the novel, then the author needs an additional cynosure in order to keep his apocalyptic design in plain view.

Dark Time: The Apocalyptic Temper in the American Novel of the Nuclear Age.

A novel and important question, involving the extent of the maritime jurisdiction of Spain in the waters which surround the island of Cuba, has been debated without reaching an agreement, and it is proposed, in an amicable spirit, to refer it to the arbitrament of a friendly power.

Because the New England Dog Training Club meets in the Cambridge Armory on Thursday nights, it is especially important to point out that the characters and the dog training club in this novel are imaginary.

Shared Participation in Novel and Arousing Activities and Experienced Relationship Quality.

Yet this problem, to your eyes, I fear, not essentially novel or peculiarly involute, holds for my contemplative faculties an extraordinary fascination, to wit: wherein does the mind, in itself a muscle, escape from the laws of the physical, and wherein and wherefore do the laws of the physical exercise so inexorable a jurisdiction over the processes of the mind, so that a disorder of the visual nerve actually distorts the asomatous and veils the pneumatoscopic?

It would take great humility to write this novel: humility, not the professorial, historical, commercial, and auctorial cleverness that went into his Jim Bridger mountain man books.

I should say authoresses, since most of the horrid novels seem to be written by women.

The sham of authenticity that discounts authorial involvement and intrusion is back in force in this novel written in the 1790s and published at the turn of the century.

Shell, Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team NOT GEORGE WASHINGTON An Autobiographical Novel by P.

Second, the great majority of first novels are autobiographical to a great extent and as such must be narrated in the first person.