Fairy tales existed long before authors, such as the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, compiled the tales into popular volumes. While most people are familiar with the classic English fairy tales, there are also plenty of other fairy tales from across the globe to discover. Many of these tales share a lot of similarities with their English coun-terparts, but there are also plenty with completely unique twists and turns.
There is just something about tales of things that go bump in the night that make them appealing to readers who love to send shivers up their own spines. Since cultures from all over the world believe in ghosts, it is no surprise that these spirits from beyond feature in so many tales. Some of these tales are also ancient, dating as far back as the Old Testament and Homer’s Odyssey. Due to the popularity of ghost stories, there are many compilations available that are filled with tales of their terror.
These days it feels like every pop artist has their own biography by the age of 20, but for something really interesting why not delve into the stories of classic musicians. You might know their music, but how much do you really know about their lives and times. The following free biographies not only offer a fascinating glimpse into lives of these musicians and how they became who they were, but also the world around them.
Avast ye landlubbers! Instead of looking beyond the horizon for treasure, you’ll find a trove of them right here with the following ten pirate themed adventure books. So, batten down the hatches and feast your eyes on this booty of ebooks. They contain enough action and adventure to raise the pulse of any scallywag and, in true buccaneer fashion, are all completely free.
With so many great books to read and so many other demands on our time, chances are that most readers have wished they had access to a time machine at some point just to rewind back to a holiday or free weekend. Of course, the ability to travel through time would also have a lot of other uses, but the risk might not be worth the potential reward. It is for this reason that time travel is a topic that has fascinated authors of all kinds of genres, from science fiction to romance. Due to the complexity involved, it is a subject where authors have to tread carefully less they want their readers to, in the words of Austin Powers, “go cross-eyed.” Here are just a few books that deal with the topic in an interesting and engaging manner.
Everyone knows about books that were turned into movies or even movies that were turned into novels, but what about books that simply appeared in movies. Sometimes these books merely appear as props and don’t have any significant meaning, while other times they offer a bit more insight about the character seen reading them. Although not all of the books that are seen in movies are actually real titles, here are a few that featured a little more prominently than just being displayed on a shelf.
From horses to spaceships and everything in between, there is no shortage of transpiration methods in books, no matter when or where they are set. However, apart from the more traditional methods of getting around, some authors have also come up with some very unique forms of transportation for their characters. Some of them, such as teleportation, have become so popular that they were adopted for other books, movies and television shows. Here are just a few of the more innovate ways that characters reach their destinations in the world of fiction.
Modern classics, such as the Harry Potter series and The Da Vinci Code have received many translations, but typically it is older titles that become iconic enough to receive hundreds of translations. Here are just a few examples of books that gained enough popularity in their original language to warrant more than a hundred translations for readers across the globe.
Dragons, the legendary fire-breathing creatures that are so prevalent in myths, have fascinated humanity for ages. Whether it is the reptilian dragons from European stories or the serpentine creatures found in Asian tales, there is no denying their popularity. While everything from whale skeletons to crocodiles and dinosaurs has been credited as the inspiration for dragons, there is still an air of mystery that surround them. This is also why it is no surprise that many fantasy authors have embraced dragons as integral parts of their books.
There are plenty of gruesome murder mysteries that cater to fans of gritty thrillers, but what if you are in the mood for a little lighter reading? The solution is cozy mysteries, a lighter take on the crime fiction genre where you are more likely to laugh than shudder in fear. Instead of dwelling on the horrible details, these books focus more on the clever actions of the (usually amateur) detective attempting to solve the murder.
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