Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Examples Of New Classic Books You May Consider This Season

By Leticia Jensen

People have read books many times as a source of entertainment. However, only those publications with stories that transcend time, human experiences and culture can stand out as true classics. Another great quality about such work is their plot, emotional connection, character and conflict. Authors just know how to come up with great setting for their work to outdo others in the market. Even old good reads can fit the new classic books category due to their timelessness.

Any enthusiastic reader would want to learn about several of these classic reads. The list is long, with some published many years in the past. An adult will find various interesting reads in the book stores today.

A great one is the novel, The Poisonwood Bible, written by Barbara Kingslover. Its setting is in Belgian Congo in the year 1959. In this piece, Nathan Price is on a mission to snatch uncivilized souls in this country, Congo, from eternal fire. Accompanied by his four young daughters and wife, his efforts are frustrated as the country witness tragic political fallout with Belgium. The fiery Baptism missionary and family is trapped in this bloody fallout.

Three highly acclaimed classics are collections of short stories. These include Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, Selected Stories by Alice Munro and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. One can hardly talk about classic reads without mentioning such.

Another great read is Life of Pi, written by Yann Martel. In this piece, sixteen-year-old Pi Patel boards a Japanese cargo ship to start a new life with his family in North America. Leaving India, his father is a zoo-keeper and comes aboard with the animals. Pi comes out as widely knowledgeable about animal behavior and with insatiable appetite for stories. Incidentally, tragedy occurs and the ship sinks and Pi finds himself in life-saving boat with wild animals only as fellow passengers. These include an injured zebra, a hyena, Bengal tiger by the name Parker who weighs 450 pounds and an orangutan.

Having wide knowledge on animal behaviour, Pi uses this to escape death from Parker. For about 230 days, he is to co-exist with tiger at the sea. Parker disappears to the jungle once they reach the coast of Mexico. What follows is an interrogation by Japanese authorities to find out how Pi survived, but they hardly believe his story. This makes him come up with another believable story, which readers are left to determine whether it is real or not.

Young adults have numerous choices too. Good examples are The Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver, A wrinkle in Time and To Kill a Mockingbird among others. Some of these are long-time classics but can qualify as new because of their timelessness. Recent releases like The Book Thief, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series make this list.

Since there are various classics one can explore, it is impossible to lack entertaining reads, whether you are young or old. You could begin by checking local book stores to find out what they have. At the same time, the internet provides a great shopping option with possibility of finding both hard and soft copy forms of such good reads.

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Science Fiction Comic Book Authors

By Marissa Velazquez

The fist ever comic strip in the sci-fi genre was Mr Skygack from Mars, which was written by AD Condo and could be seen in the newspapers in the 1900s. Mr Skygack from Mars was a comedy, and the first non-humerous sci-fi comic strip was Buck Rodgers in 1928. Shortly after this Flash Gordon appeared followed by Dan Dare from the UK. Sci-fi comic books have become increasingly sophisticated ever since and the science fiction comic book authors have produced more and more imaginative concepts.

Many of the first comics were sci-fi, and the introduction of Superman from Planet Comics gave rise to the super hero sub-genre. During the 1950s, EC Comics published science fiction comics to great success. The storylines and characters began to increase in sophistication, and US sci-fi comics continued into the 1960s with stories for both children and adolescents. By the late 1960s, adults became interested in the genre and began a wave of underground comics.

The Japanese Manga comics originated in the 1950s and the first Manga sci-fi comic strip was Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka. Since then Manga has become very popular all over the world. Not all Manga comics are sci-fi but the most well known, such as Ghost in the Shell and Akira are of the sci-fi genre.

The first sci-fi graphic novels appeared in the 1960s. A graphic novel is essentially a story that uses pictures instead of words, this is very useful in the sci-fi genre as pictures can portray aspects of a storyline that would be difficult in words. Most sci-fi graphic novels include, robots, virtual reality, mecha and time travel. Graphic novels have become more and more sophisticated in artistry and storyline, and many are aimed more towards adolescents and adults as they contain complex themes and ideas.

In America the majority of sci-fi comics tend to be in the superhero sub-genre. Marvel and DC comics have been extremely successful with their Superman, Spiderman, Thor, Avengers and Incredible Hulk superhero comics. The superhero comics contain many elements of sci-fi, although most of the storylines are set in the present day on earth.

Manga comics from Japan tend to be set in a futuristic setting. The famous sci-fi Manga comics include, Akira that was the inspiration behind The Matrix films and Ghost in the shell is set in a futuristic dystopia.

A common trend in sci-fi comics is to capture the zeitgeist of the time, especially with new technology and scientific discoveries. Many modern sci-fi comics and graphic novels use computer generated imagery for the artwork, and utilise software, such as photoshop, illustrator, coral and paintbucket. However, the classic sci-fi comics and graphic novels were drawn and inked by hand by an artist that works closely with the author.

Sci-fi is a very loose term and there are many sub-genres. Many science fiction comic book authors have brought in new concepts, such as the cyberpunk idea in the graphic novel, Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. Warren Ellis and other comic book authors use the medium to make a social commentary. Alan Moore's V for Vendetta is a classic example of this sci-fi sub-genre that makes a social statement set in a dystopian future.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Gain Readers For Books Of True Inspirational Stories

By Thelma Kent

Feeling the weight of the world on one's shoulder is a popular idiom. It means someone is having difficulties in life. It could be about financial difficulties, familial disputes, rift with a co-worker or other things. Nobody is spared from facing these challenges. Every single person has a story about the toughest storm. But there are those who do not just face the storm, they weather them. True inspirational stories are not just heartwarming, they have lessons to share.

Sharing one's story through a book is one way of helping change people's perspective. People get engrossed with anecdotes of how someone faced trials. Personal experiences are easier to relate to and people are likely to read them. There is a flood of books that tell about heartwarming experiences of triumph. The bigger challenge is getting someone to pick a book up from the shelves.

Books are conveyed to be very scholarly but that need not be the case. There are inspirational books that could be presented differently to stir interest. Adding reflection guides or quizzes as well as personal notes add interest. Pictures or drawings are also another way of sending more messages. These convey messages that are interpreted by the readers. The storage life of books are longer too.

But most people live a life where everything is moving fast. The information fed to someone may not be completely absorbed and forgotten about quickly. This does not dismiss the need to spread inspiration through books though.

An audio book is an alternative to texts and bulky pages. While a lazy afternoon could be looked forward to, it does not occur everyday. Instead of hardbound copies, audio books could be offered. This way the experiences could be heard over music players so tasks do not get left behind.

Also, it is easier for someone faced with a challenge to listen than to stop and read. The audio could provide some sense of comfort. It may also create an illusion that someone is there to share the story.

Books could come in various forms. true inspirational stories could be read in texts and photos or they could be heard. Technology can offer readers the format that makes reading or listening to these anecdotes easy.

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Tips On Getting Best Fantasy Books Of All Time

By Shari Swanson

For those of you who love reading, it is obvious that everyone has a style that they like most. If you are a fiction book fan, you need to check out some of the best fantasy books of all time available from a wide range of subjects. Some people like romance while others prefer thrillers; you can make your choice accordingly.

Although you may have to decide what kind of book you can have under such a category, it is not obvious that you will easily identify each book with ease. Whether you are the type that like fiction or romance, you obviously have a collection you are proud to read over and over again.

Simple tricks that you could use to establish some potentially good publications even if you do not have all the space to go through each at a time is to look at reviews. There are always book reviews that tend to summarize the content of the book and give you a quick look at the climax of the set.

It is also good to note that many wonderful publications end up as movies. This will give you an opportunity to have a quick look at the content especially if you are a movie lover. While reading requires some concentration, watching the same script on video can be a relaxing situation worth trying out.

This however can be much easier especially if you already know what kind of stuff your favorite writers produce. You always look out for their new releases. Other methods that you could use to tell if a book is a good one or not is to look for their reviews rather than spend money on a book that turns out to be bad.

Other possible means of identifying some of the best fantasy books of all time could be by talking to other readers and finding out which publications have captivated their attention in years. Of course there are other methods that each individual can use.

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Rejected Authors Welcome An Online Book Publisher

By Elinor Tran

The role of the online book publisher in a changing world is welcomed by many authors. In the past they may have labored over manuscripts for years before opening a register of publishers. Under most names there would be an officious note to the effect that unsolicited manuscripts would not be welcome.

There is a robust folk lore of authors who were rejected by dozens of publishers before finding one willing to take a risk. The now richest self-made woman in Britain is said to be one such author who was often rejected before being lucky enough to have her work accepted. Once she became a celebrity millions took her name as a testimonial when buying a book with her name on the cover.

Even the dramatic success of traditional authors reflects some aspects of change. Marketing techniques make one author of ordinary stories exceptional by spinning out films and peripheral commodities such as clothing and stationery. There can be no doubt that reading habits and publishing methods have so altered that adaptation is the name of the game. Publishers who cannot adapt will die.

Actually the book as a bound collection of paper pages is itself under severe threat. Many people who have electronic readers can buy a whole collection of e-books for the price a single paperback. Publishers are having to scramble to negotiate with e-book publishers to keep the price of e-books artificially high in order to prop up traditional firms while the world shifts inexorably from a paper to a paperless society.

In a changing scenario some things fade away, new shapes emerge and other things remain immutable. Though readers of paper bound books are on the decline new readers of e-books are on the increase. Many authors who might previously have been sideline by the difficulties of the publishing system can now emerge as a market.

The online book publisher is not bound by the need to produce large numbers in order to be financially viable. Authors of family books and personal memoirs can choose to have their personal works edited, printed and published in small numbers that can be distributed amongst family and friends or marketed on a trial bases in the hope of becoming an international best seller.

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Notes On Some Science Fiction And Fantasy Books

By Corben Westmont

How best do you think your kids can learn? Do you think some subjects should be reserved until they are adults? The truth is that kids do better when they have a solid foundation. Science fiction and fantasy books are made to help your children do well in school and in their social life.

If you want a book that portrays humor and depression, then you may be advised to search for Mike Resnick's book known as "the Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Features". There are 13 stories in it and each one can captivate your attention. You will find interesting characters such as the great Captain Nebula.

Douglas Adams's work on "The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy" is another representation of science fiction humor. He does this by making use of characters such as Marvin the Paranoid Android and Ford Prefect. In summary, it talks about a troubled earth and the escape from it.

The book with the title "Stranger in a Strange Land" is not new in the list of the most widely read science fiction and fantasy materials. It is written by Robert A. Heinlein and its main character is Valentine Michael Smith. Valentine Michael Smith had been away from earth for several years. He grew up in Mars and returned back in his early adult life. Find out what happened to him and how he affected his new environment.

"Speaker for The Dead" is another interesting work to read. The author of this one is known as Orson Scott Card. By reading this, you will come across Ender Wiggin's battle with the buggers, how it went, its cause, his travel around the stars, the piggies and the ramen.

Douglas Adams' prowess in literature can also be found in "Life, the Universe and Everything". It is about the planet Krikkit, its pleasant inhabitants and their plan to annihilate life throughout the Universe. Arthur Dent, Slartibartfast, Marvin and Ford Prefect are some of its characters.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Opening Bookshops Like Those With Science Fiction Books For Kids

By Ethel Harris

When establishing a bookstore such as those selling science fiction books for kids, the first step is choosing the type you want to have opened. The step is significant before a business plan must be developed. Also, it is important to determine what the location needs, and, for example, if there exist so many bookstores in your location, you can open religious or specialty bookstores.

Have your personality and your interests examined in order for a public face for the bookstore you have to be developed. Its name, slogan, and logo must be those which will reflect the sorts of literature which are available. It should also go along with the purchasing atmosphere which will await the consumers.

Filing for licenses dedicated to new ventures with agencies of the municipality and even state is needed before going even further. Owners have to provide pictures on possible locations for retail, finances to pay for the filing, and data on businesses which are proposed. The requirements have to be handed before you are licensed.

When seeking a space for retail, rental costs along with location must be balanced. The bookstore must be spotted in locations having a dense population, just like shopping spots, to be sure of getting traffic. The space you have has to be one having bathrooms, storage space, along with big open rooms.

Before you even worry about interior design, you must connect with sources of literature which are reliable. Wholesalers along with direct connections to the publishers are so valuable to those wanting new items sold. Each store must think of a buyback program, book swaps, as well as donations to serve as added sources of items that are used, which customers also like.

Around the time when your inventory already is created, you can then decorate the bookstore interior creatively so this can look appealing to readers, writers, and even artists. Owners that like creative appeal have to talk to the art students and the schools. Such a relationship supplies new stores with pieces of the well-designed kind and may create a connection with that locality.

Have many reading areas installed in a shop for consumers to be enticed to sample some nice reads. Each area must have chairs and tables, along with lamps. The pieces would allow you to create an environment deemed comfortable to anyone that wants to obtain some great reads.

Have some staff composed of reliable employees hired weeks before you open the shop. Owners must look for two or maybe three managers who are experienced when it comes to book sales other than a lot of stockers and even cashiers. They help you in having shelves stocked, decorations set, and even have advertisements made before this will open.

Determine the opening day of the bookstore, which might sell some science fiction books for kids, and organize it for first-time visitors to return and purchase more and even put in some special orders. Such an even has to be one which lasts all-day and should feature those discounted products. It must also feature coupons you need to give out and can be used another time.

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