Friday, 25 November 2011

You know how I rarely do challenges?

Challenges are not something I tend to rarely participate in which is strange really as the few I have done have introduced me to some wonderful books and authors.
The League of ExtraordinaryGentlemen Book Challenge 2012 hosted over at Booking in Heels is one kinnda cool challenge and since it contains quite a few ‘books I’ve been meaning to read one day’ I am signing up.

For those of you who don’t know the film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a film based on a graphic novel. The League is made up of classic book characters that spend their time trying to stopping various classic villains from taking over the world. I wouldn’t personally recommend the film, from what I do remember it was pretty god awful but each to their own.

So the characters and books are

Allan Quatermain from King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
King Solomon's Mines tells the story of a search in an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party.

Mina Harker from Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula will be a re-read for me. I last read it as a teenager and while I enjoyed it I don’t think I really properly appreciated it.

Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
This will be my first Jules Verne novel

Tom Sawyer from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
This can also count towards my American project.

Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I can’t quite believe I haven’t read this yet.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
I only read this a couple of years ago so I doubt I’ll be re-reading it
Rodney Skinner from The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (kind of)
Due to copyright issues the characters from that book couldn't be used directly. Instead, Skinner claims to have stolen the Invisibility Formula from the character in the book or something.

The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Looking forward to reading this one!

James Moriarty from The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I know nothing of this one.

So there we have it, a great mix I think and most are free on the kindle making it even more of a bonus.

Posted by Jess


  1. That is an impressive list of classics! I have read a few of them, but I should probably read the rest at some point. I look forward to seeing what you think of them and hope you'll be able to persuade me to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

  2. Can't blame you for joining this one, with all the titles you have listed. Loved Tom Sawyer, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (read by me for the first time this October, dreadfully late for a reader ;), and Dorian Gray. Each has something profound to say. (Tom Sawyer is required reading for American High School students, which I always find interesting.)

  3. I joined this one -- there's a few of these that I've never read, so I figured it was a good opportunity.

    I agree about the movie -- not terribly great (although not the most terrible movie I've ever seen). :)

  4. Hi there! I'm glad to have you on board - I get a little bit more excited with every single person that joins up :)

    The film seems to be like marmite - people either love it or hate it!

  5. This challenge looks like a lot of fun! I loved Picture of Dorian Grey and just finished Dracula, so at least I'm two in. I think I read Invisible Man and Tom Sawyer many years ago. I may sign up for this one.

  6. Dracula! I only just read it last year, but I wish I had read it as a teenager - I would have loved it then, too. Pretty Horses also! I'm just reading it now and really enjoying it.

  7. Jackie - I dont hold out much hope for 2000 legues, sci-fi ant normally my thing!

    Bellezza - its purely because of the list that I signed up for this, I feel I should have read these by now

    Jo - thats true, I did at least watch the whole film

    Hanna - regardless of what I think of the film its a fantastic idea for a challenge ;)

    thebookstop - it'll be really fun if you did :)

    Trish - I'm near the end of the pretty horses, it gets better the more into I get but not as great as The Road or Blood Meridian.

  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favourite books of all time, so I hope you enjoy it! The challenge will be a good excuse for yet another re-read. :)

    I'm very much looking forward to Jekyll & Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera, which have been on Mount TBR far too long. And it'll be great to finally finish Dracula - I read half of it a few years ago so it's time I paid it some proper attention. Roll on 2012, I want to get started!

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