Graphic Novel Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
5 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / February 4, 2014

About: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore is a graphic novel collecting issue from the first run of this popular series. A movie by the same title was made in 2003, however don’t let that turn you off from reading this wonderful rendition. 176 pages Publisher: America’s Best Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1563898586 My rating for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Alan Moore Part of the League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle — Men of la — Book Chal­lenge (Vol. 1) Thoughts: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore brings in a bunch of famous fictional characters, written by different authors, to a steampunk adventure which spans literature and imagination. The story revolves around several famous Victorian characters which serve as a wonderful introduction to their stories and authors. The graphic novel is illustrated with skill and talent, every panel has an aim and is worthy of close examination. Every panel is aimed at the reader who, with some knowledge of the classics, can appreciate the humor and genius behind the lines and words. The characters which Mr. Moore “borrowed”…

Book Review: Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 29, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion on Blogcritics. About: Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion is the novel which continues the adventures of the son of Jim Hawkins, protagonist of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Stevenson’s book was originally published in 1883 and is considered a classic which has influenced many authors, readers and adventure seekers alike. 416 pages Publisher: Crown Language: English ISBN-10: 0307884872 My rating for Silver: Return to Treasure Island – 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Andrew Motion Thoughts: Visiting the library one afternoon with my children, my eyes scanned upon the shelf where the librarians earnestly display their newly arrived acquisitions when they caught a glimpse of Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009). I could hardly believe the audacity, the gull, some might say the chutzpah, of attempting to recreate the magic I remember so fondly from my childhood. How dare he? Of course I had to pick it up. A year ago I re-read Treasure Island and to my delight I enjoyed it tremendously as an adult. The magic and adventure…

Cover Gallery: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Classics , Cover Gallery , Latest Posts / December 31, 2011

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (my thoughts) have produced some wonderful covers for this fantastic story. Take a look at the few below, tell me which one is your favorite. Cover of the 20011 Campfire Classics Graphic Novel Handmade oil painting reproduction of Front cover of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-94 c.1910, a painting by Edmund Joseph Sullivan. Jason Edmiston’s version from Required Reading Bookcover Remix My favorite is the Campfire Classics cover. The picture has many elements of the story, the laboratory, the duel personality, The green smoke, one red eye, even a different suite. So tell me, what’s your favorite? Zohar – Man of la Book Related articles Fun Facts Friday: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (manoflabook.com) Thoughts on: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (manoflabook.com) Book Review: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (blogcritics.org) 20 Brilliant Novellas You Should Read (listverse.com) — Please like and follow ManOfLaBook.com —

Fun Facts Friday: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Classics , Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 30, 2011

This week I reviewed The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, one of my favorite authors. While writing my post I found some interesting facts about the story. 1 )      Stevenson developed the story while a teenager. 2 )      Stevenson’s stepson, Lloyd Osbourne said that the first draft took maybe three days to for Stevenson to write. 3 )      Supposedly Stevenson burned the first draft (even though there are no evidence) so he’ll be forced to start the writing process from scratch. 4 )      Re-writing took Stevenson anywhere from three to six days, but continued to revise it for four to six weeks afterwards. 5 )      The book was initially sold for one shilling in the UK and one dollar in the US in paperback format. 6 )      The American publisher Bill Clinton published the book four days before it appeared in the UK (published by Longmans). 7 )      Stores would not stock the book until it was reviewed in The Times.  After a favorable review thought the book sold almost 40,000 copies in six months. 8 )      Over 250,000 copies were sold by 1901. 9 )      For many people this book was the…

Thoughts on: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
4 Stars , Classics , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 28, 2011

About: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a novella written by the Scottish born author. The 1886 work is considered a classic of British literature. 240 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN: 0393974650 My rating for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – 4 Great price on this book in paper or electronic format through the Man of la Book Affiliate Account More books by Robert Louis Stevenson Part of the League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle — Men of la — Book Chal­lenge (Vol. 1) Thoughts: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a well known novella which deals with split personality. I found it interesting that the book has only two settings, letters and laboratory. Not the clean, sterile laboratory we imagine, but a disgusting, dirty and bloody one which implores the reader to feel the Gothic horror which the author wishes to convey. In this environment is where Mister Hyde is created, a troubled figure, mean and unabated. Mister Hyde is what Dr. Jekyll wants to be but suppresses within himself. Hyde yearns for violence and sexuality, he is…

The League of Extraordinary Gentle – Men of la – Book Challenge (Vol. 1)
Latest Posts , Reading Challenge / November 1, 2011

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O’Neill, is a wonderful graphic novel which take several famous (and not-so-famous) literary characters and mix them up together for an adventure of a lifetime. I thought it would be fun to read those classic novels and then the graphic novel to see how the creators managed to take such classics and mix them up all together. Hence I came up with… DETAILS/RULES: 1. The goal is to read the classic books and the graphic novel to see how they all tie together. No blog is needed, a review on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. is good enough. 2. What counts: books, eBooks, audio books 3. Crossovers from other reading challenges count. The books are (in no specific order): – Dracula by Bram Stoker – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells – The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells – Any Fu Manchu novel – Any Sherlock Holmes novel – Any Allan Quatermain novel – Any James Bond novel and – The League of…

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