Today's links are a varied mix: I came across this article by Neil Gaiman and thought it was worth recommending: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming . Superlatives make me uneasy, but there's no denying the book shops in this article are unusual: The 10 Most Unconventional Bookstores In The World . Interesting article about The Mysterious Ancient Origins of the Book . Here are some literary travel recommendations: 8 Places From Shakespeare That You Can Actually Visit . Some word words: 25 Words For Other Words . Today there are two book lists: 11 Historical Fiction Books About Epic Rivalries . And to counteract the strife in the first list: 17 Best Bromances In Literature . Finally, here's a fascinating video: Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching from Zoos Victoria on Vimeo .