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)

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

As time goes on, this novella could be read in several ways. There is the most known one, that of split personality, but also could be a pathological angle of investigating the nature of mental illness.  In these days, where science, technology and medicine is much more advanced, the story could also be read as a warning on the extreme use of mind altering chemicals, drugs or alcohol and the self destructive properties of such actions.

Book Review: Tobacco Wars By Paul Seesequasis
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 27, 2011

About: “Tobacco Wars” by Paul Seesequasis is a fictional book which traverses two dimensions. One dimension is the faux history of Pocahontas in relation to the famous crop, the second dimension is told through Indian fairytales. 113 pages Publisher: Quattro Books ISBN-10: 1926802128 My rating for Tobacco Wars – 3 Buy & Save on “Tobacco Wars” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Tobacco Wars” by Paul Seesequasis is a short novella which follows the imaginary adventures of Powhatan princess Pocahontas with English playwright Ben Johnson. The story unfolds in America and later in London and back in the new world. The other story follows the ancient Indian tale of the Mother Bear who gives birth to the world and moves into modern times. Pocahontas and Ben Johnson There were many adventures in the book, especially involving Pocahontas and Johnson, however, I’m not sure what the author was trying to convey in his story and the parallels between them. The parts with the Mother Bear were a bit vulgar, which is fine but it was a sharp disparity to the interesting story of Pocahontas – the contrast was really striking and maybe that…

Book Review: Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 25, 2011

About: “Ordinary Thunderstorms” by William Boyd (website) is a fictional book with many themes. The book takes place in London and follows a man whose life turned upside down. The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Ordinary Thunderstorms” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. 416 pages Publisher: Harper ISBN: 0061876747 My rating for Ordinary Thunderstorms – 5 Buy & Save on “Ordinary Thunderstorms” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Ordinary Thunderstorms” by William Boyd is an exploration of identity as well as a excursion into the not so touristic spots in London. This is an ambitious and well crafted novel where the quirkiness might not be necessary, but is welcomed. The narrative flows smoothly and the characters are engaging, one can’t help but notice that Boyd has some affection towards loveable, bumbling fools.  This is an intelligent, competent thriller which, surprisingly, moves at a leisurely pace between characters interweaving their stories in a cat-and-mouse game. There are many sub-plots which are all very interesting yet underdeveloped. There are houseboat residents, the lawless – inside, outside and above the law, underground subculture, the wealthy subculture and an…

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