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The debut of American Gods, the television series based on the popular novel by Neil Gaiman is just around the corner. The show will focus on the adventures of Shadow Moon, a man who ends up assisting the god Odin as he gathers all the old gods living ordinary lives. It is a very unique and interesting premise, but American Gods wasn’t the first novel to feature mythological deities as key characters. Here are 5 books that offer a new spin on the lives of your favorite deities.
From epic fantasy to outer space, there is no limit to the spectacular locations books can transport us. With no visual effects budget to worry about, the only constraints authors have when it comes to the settings for their books is their imagination. While many authors choose familiar backdrops for their stories, there are also a few that choose settings that are so unexpected or unique that they are hard to forget. Here are just a few authors who dared to be different and set their stories in the most unusual settings.
Most protagonists in literature are just a little bit smarter, better looking and luckier than others, which makes them more compelling and interesting characters. However, it can be tricky for authors to create these type of characters and still make them believable. In contrast, there are many others who do the opposite and simply provide their characters with extraordinary powers. This means that they don’t have to come up with all kinds of logical excuses for why their protagonists can pull off any incredible feats. Here are just a few of the characters who were imbued with some incredible unique powers by their authors.
Although the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, passed away in 1977 at the tender age of 42, his musical legacy still lives on. However, it is not only fans of his music that have a hard time letting go. Elvis has also appeared as a character, both major and minor, in numerous novels. Here are seven books where The King is involved in a few adventures that definitely doesn’t have any basis in reality.
Although famous authors, such as Dean Koontz, Stephen King, James Patterson and Robert Ludlum are frequently mentioned when discussing bestsellers, there have also been plenty of women who have made their mark on literature. In fact, few men can come close to the acclaim achieved by Agatha Christie, while work by other women such as Barbara Cartland and Danielle Steel are equally impressive. However, there are also other women who have written classic books that don’t always achieve the recognition that they deserve. So, here are five classic books written by women that belong in your library.
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, but there have also been times when authors tried to pass off fiction as real events. Just like Hollywood has been known to take a lot of liberties with the line “based on a true story” there have been numerous books that turned out to be more fiction than fact. Here are just a few examples of non-fiction books that turned out to be fiction, usually after already becoming wildly popular or bestsellers.
Books can be very entertaining, but not all of them are as meaningful or memorable. Even books that are very enjoyable when you read them can fade from memory when you finish them and move on to the next one. However, some authors have such a way with words that they can create characters or stories that stay with you long after you have turned the final page. Whether you still feel a tinge of sadness over the death of a character or are left wistfully wondering what happened after the story ended, these books all have a special spark. Here are just five books that have a habit of impacting readers on a deeper level.
A lot of attention is often given to famous celebrities who are also philanthropists, but they are by no means the only ones doing good in the world. Quite a few bestselling authors are also putting the money that they have earned through their books to good use. Here are just a few authors who are helping to make the world a better place through their generous donations.
For as long as there has been books, there has been a need for bookmarks in order to keep track of where you stopped reading. While there are dedicated bookmarks that are created for this job, many people simply reach for whatever is close at hand.
While it is wrong to judge a book by its cover, sometimes the art can be so bad that it dissuades readers from giving the book a chance. However, the opposite is also true and there are a few books with covers that immediately catches the eye and piques your curiosity. This is why there are also numerous classic books that have had their cover images updated to be more appealing to modern audiences. While there are too many great covers for any type of definitive list, here are a just few of our favorite book covers for classic and new novels.