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15 Kid’s Books You Need To Read

15 Kid’s Books You Need To Read

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With this list I’m counting only works I read before I, personally, hit puberty, which means that anything published after 1975 is automatically excluded! By “classic,” I mean for us old farts. This list also includes Young Readers, which I chose to interpret as having no true lower age limit, except that, obviously, very young Literature isn’t part of it — no Dr. Seuss. And no young-adult drama (Judy Bloom shall not appear). Next, you will note that many of the entries are for series (or at least books with sequels), to which I state only that even more than other genres, here we see that success breeds success. The entries, except for entries 1, 2 and 3, are in alphabetical order. Item 1 is elevated because of its impact on so many generations of young peop...
Another 10 Books That Changed The World

Another 10 Books That Changed The World

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This is the third installment of our “books that changed the world” series. Be sure to read the previous two so that you don’t think we have missed important books off the list. If you can think of books that are not on any of the three lists that deserve a mention in future, be sure to tell us about it in the comments. Here are the original two lists: Top 10 Books That Changed The World, and 10 More Books That Changed The World. These are in no particular order. Why it changed the world: This book (though not the first dictionary) was the first to use literary quotations to illustrate the meanings of words. It set the stage for the scholarly study of language. Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, sometimes ...
Top 10 Badasses of Classic Literature

Top 10 Badasses of Classic Literature

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The concept of the badass, while the term itself its a relative neologism, is as old as time itself. Novelists, poets and playwrights through the ages have witnessed, and utilized, the appeal of the powerful character of a badass. Here are some canonical examples. There are overlooked literary badasses, of course. I plan to submit a sequel to this list, denoting populist literary characters. Think Harry Potter series, LOTR, etc. If you think I have missed any classic tough guys of note – do tell! Disclaimer: I am an agnostic, and do not wish to perpetrate my views in any way. That is not the purpose of this post. My use of the bible and biblical references in this text respect it not only as a religious text, but as a work of high art also. The original model for the now archetypa...
10 Crazy Literary Conspiracy Theories

10 Crazy Literary Conspiracy Theories

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If you read between the lines of your favorite novel, you might discover a crazy conspiracy theory. From Elizabethan England to the 21st century, people have made some pretty weird claims about books and the folks who wrote them, ranging from secret identities to dastardly deeds. 10 Is J.K. Rowling Real? J.K. Rowling was just an average working mom who became a world-renowned, uber-wealthy author. At least, that’s what the Bloomsbury publishing company wants you to believe. According to Norwegian filmmaker Nine Grunfeld, there is no J.K. Rowling. The author never existed. Grunfeld believes the Harry Potter books are just too successful to be the work of one woman. She’s suspicious of how Rowling can churn out seven Potter novels in 10 years, and how those books, written by a nobody, can
10 Sayings and their Strange Origins

10 Sayings and their Strange Origins

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This is a list of phrases we are all familiar with and most likely use from time to time. The origins of these phrases are often unexpected and strange. As you will see on this list, some of them originate in places you simply wouldn’t believe. If you know of any others be sure to share them in the comments. The source for this list was The Book of Beginnings (out of print). This phrase, surprisingly, was used to sell Listerine mouthwash! To promote their product, the manufacturers of Listerine employed the personal experience of girls at the time, who desperately wanted to settle down but seemed always to be left on the shelf. First used in the 1920’s, it portrays a situation and a possible explanation for the lack of success these girls had. Here is the transcript of the ad
Top 10 Fictional Geniuses

Top 10 Fictional Geniuses

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‘Genius’ is a term for which no precise qualifications have been set. It is a largely subjective term which seems to marry both great intelligence and imagination. Genius may never be perfectly defined – you just know one when you see one. Fiction has long made use of such characters – from the hackneyed nerd stereotype to the wizard of boundless wisdom, from gods and oracles to comic relief. Below follows a list of largely modern fictional geniuses. Egon is the brains behind the Ghostbusters, a quartet of spirit hunters operating out of an abandoned firehouse in New York City. Although his precise education is never revealed, it is understood that he is a scientist of multiple disciplines – not limited to parapsychology, quantum physics, and nuclear engin...
Top 10 Bizarre Books

Top 10 Bizarre Books

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Strange, quirky, surprising, disturbing – the following books may represent many of these traits, but they are all certainly bizarre and something quite out of the ordinary. Book lovers and enthusiasts of bizarre topics in general will find these selections both interesting and entertaining. If you’re looking for a conversation piece for your book table, these books really know how to call attention to themselves! As you would expect with books such as these, there are some rather witty reviews on Amazon. Links have been provided for your perusal. Buy it at Amazon Apparently, getting off a sinking ship is more complicated than you’d think! First published in 1938, this novel little volume was written from the voice of experience since one of its authors was forced ...
Top 10 Most Influential Science Fiction Writers

Top 10 Most Influential Science Fiction Writers

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There can be a major difference between the best authors of a genre, my favorite authors of a genre, and the most influential authors of a genre. While any top ten list like this will be somewhat controversial, here is a list of authors who have had a great and lasting influence on the science fiction genre. Douglas Adams may be one of the most popular authors on this list, and when his works first came out, they were very unique. Adams is best known for his “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series, which was ground breaking. These works introduced a comedic and strange (maybe almost surreal) element to science fiction writing that is still adored by fans even today. Orson Scott Card is the author of one of the most popular science fiction series in history. Th...
Top 20 George Carlin Quotes

Top 20 George Carlin Quotes

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George Carlin was a well loved comedian who won four grammy awards for his comedy albums. Carlin is noted for his political insights, his black humor and his observations on language, psychology, religion and on many taboo subjects. He died just 8 days ago, and this is our (listverse’s) tribute to him. Requiescat in pace. 1. I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately. 2. Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. 3. I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. 4. If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then ...
10 Great Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction Novels

10 Great Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction Novels

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It’s a classic theme of science fiction: something really, really bad happens, and mankind is knocked back to the Stone Age. Of course, with the dropping of atomic bombs by the U.S. to end World War II, people came to realize that for the first time Man himself possessed the power to bring about a global cataclysm. And science fiction wasted no time in examining the possible effects (there were speculative stories in print well before the Manhattan Project was even conceived). But nuclear holocaust isn’t the only way Man’s thin veneer of civilization can be stripped by catastrophe. It may have even already happened in our past (the vast majority of cultures have a Great Flood in their mythos). Regardless, what is perhaps amazing is that within the time frame of verifiable...