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I can't believe that nobody has mentioned perhaps the most popular and celebrated writing team of all time, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. Their Children's and Household tales, which we more commonly know today as Grimm's Fairy Tales, is still popular all these years later and every parent knows who the brothers Grimm are. Disney has also done a good job of plundering the tales published be these brothers for their own financial gain. From Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, to Hansel and Grethel, The Six Swans, The Golden Goose, Snow White and many others, their stories are still enjoyed to this day.
Books with disabled protagonists is not as progressive as people may think. In fact, one of the earliest ones I know about was written in 1938 by Dalton Trumbo. The author wrote it in protest against the war and it is about an American soldier who is horrifically injured during the first World War. In terms of disability, things don't get much worse than what the protagonists of this book has to endure. He not only lost all of his limbs, but also his face, which left him blind, deaf and mute. The worst part of it all is that his mind still functions perfectly, so he is in essence trapped inside his own body. While his disability may make it sound like it would be impossible to be the "star" of a book, the author did a good job with conveying the emotions and struggles that this man has to endure.
Stream of consciousness books can be very tricky if you are not already familiar with them and a lot of people give up because they find the prose to be too dense for them. If used properly, this method of writing can draw readers in, in ways that no other style can. But, in the hands of an amateur, the ever changing flux of thoughts can be a jumbled, distorted mess. One of the most famous authors to ever use this technique is of course Virginia Wolf and I highly recommend reading her essays on the topic if you have not yet done so already. "Modern Fiction" is one of her best I think. As for actual books, I would once again suggest giving Woolf a try. Her books, Mrs, Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, and The Waves are all prime examples of this form of writing.
He is still alive, but there is a very good reason why every fan of A Song of Ice and Fire is a bit annoyed with George R. R. Martin at the moment. I mean it is great and all that we got a neat television series, but we would still love to finish the books that most of us began reading in the late nineties. Winds of Winter is so delayed at this point, that it will be a miracle if it eventually does come out. In turn, George is getting annoyed with fans who are watching his every move in an effort to calculate how healthy he is and what the odds are of him shuffling his mortal coil before finishing the books. If the worst comes to pass and he does die, then we are truly up a creek without a paddle because he has stated on multiple occasions that the series will not continue if he dies. A part of me secretly hopes that George is just trolling us and that the books are all done, so that if he dies they are released and he is considered a hero. This is a little unlikely, though, so in an ironic case of life imitating art, the future is very uncertain where these books are concerned.
I also have a weak spot for books with aliens and to me movies or television shows just can't compare in this regard. Whenever I see aliens in movies or television shows they inevitably look human-like because they are basically people in makeup and costumes or fake as well because they are CGI. There are some notable exceptions, such as the xenomorphs from the Alien movies, but for the rest I think books are the best, especially if authors have vivid enough descriptions so you can paint your own mental pictures.

My favorite books about aliens are from the Known Space series by Larry Niven and his novella, Neutron Star, in particular. In the story he describes the most bizarre and improbably race of aliens ever, Pierson's Puppeteers. These aliens only have three fit, two in the front and one in the back and two snake like heads that sprout from their bodies. Each of these two heads only have one eye, but their actual brains are in their bodies and not these heads. Since they don't have any form of hands or arms (they have hooves on their feet), they have to use their mouths instead. To help them with this, their lips are rubbery and have knobs that they use like fingers. Oh, and to top it all off, they communicate with what sounds like orchestral music, but can also speak to humans after contact was made. I could go on and on about these fascinating aliens, but I would suggest reading the books to find out more about them.
C.J. Heigelmann - Different Perspectives and Intimate Relationships During the American Civil War
FEATURED AUTHOR - Strongly influenced by the works of Homer, Hemingway, Tolkien, Twain, Emerson, Hawthorne, Alice Walker, and Whitman, C.J. Heigelmann fluently expresses his work through a unique style in the classic form of innocence and eloquence, balanced by raw truth and grit without pretension. As our Author of the Day, Heigelmann tells us all about his book, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody. Please give us a short introduction to what An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody is about An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody is a novel about… Read more