If you look at our world history, the saying "the pen is mightier than the sword" has certainly proven true in many events. Books like the Torah, the Bible, Quran and Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu have all influenced the world religions as we know them today and inspired people throughout the ages. But there were many other books that also influenced the way people think and ended up changing the world in some form or another. In this article, we are specifically going to look at some of the books that caused controversy.
It is often said that truth is stranger than fiction, but sometimes the two can be almost indistinguishable. In fiction, authors can let their imagination go wild, but there are some non-fiction books that are just as gripping and sometimes even terrifying. Here are just 10 non-fiction books that might leave you wondering whether they are not really fiction!
For some famous authors talent definitely runs in the family, but due to pen names it is not always apparent who are related. It is not surprising that every so often famous authors marry each other, but sometimes they also have children or siblings who are just as good with words. Here are just a few famous authors with connections to each other.
One of the most dreaded feelings experienced by readers in the past was the discovery of a long overdue library book. Returning it not only involved the shame of admitting that you forgot all about it, but also sometimes a hefty overdue fine. Thanks to the convenience (not to mention great sales prices) of ebooks this is no longer such a common problem, but it still happens. Here are ten books that finally found their way back to the library long after their checkout period.
We all know the pain when our favorite television show is canceled after only a season or two, but this is something that is even worse in the literary world. George R. R. Martin fans are very anxious for the author to finish his A Song of Ice and Fire series as there have been authors who died before they could complete their work. Sometimes their children or other authors were able to eventually finish what the original authors started, but other times fans were left hanging.
An invitation to a group of kids to come and read stories to shelter cats, has literally changed the lives of both the children and the animals in a profound way. It is called the Book Buddies Program, a brilliant initiative that helps kids to improve their reading and gives the cats the much needed human attention they so crave.
Some authors are never completely satisfied with their work and, were it not for pressure from publishers and fans, could keep working on a book forever. While a few delay their books until they are happy with the results, there are others who simply go back after the book has already been published to make changes. Here are a few authors who just couldn't let go and returned to previous works to make some more changes.
By David Wingrove
Writing a book is quite an achievement and most people would be proud to have their name listed as the author. However, there are a few authors who, for various reasons, decided not to use their own names on their books. For some authors it was a way to get a fresh start and reinvent themselves without being tied to past success while others simply wanted to ensure that their gender would not be a factor in how their books are judged.
Although we all hoped that George R.R. Martin would publish The Winds of Winter before the new season of Game of Thrones begins, this was not meant to be. Looking at his track record - with a six-year gap between A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons, we can't know for sure when we will finally get to read The Winds of Winter. To help our readers out, we have decided to do a round-up of other epic fantasy series. All of these are complete - so you don't have to worry that you will be left hanging, waiting for yet another author to finish the next book. Enjoy!
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