Books

Mini reviews of classic novels...

It has been just over a month now since the purchase of my eReader. As it arrived preloaded with 100 classic novels, I have been voraciously reading some old and new favourites (in some cases, not-so-favourites). Here is my progress report…

  1.  Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – great when I first read it and still great after the reread. This is the novel I wish someone would have read to me as a child (4.5/5)
  2. Through the Looking Glass – a reread. Not quite as good as ‘Alice’ – in fact, a little more eccentric than the original. Still enjoyable (4/5)
  3. Peter Pan – first time reading it. The novel was a little more ‘adult’ and darker than expected but still quite good. (4/5)
  4. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – reread – not anything spectacular but a relatively decent novel. I seriously believe the Disney movie improved on the story. (3.5/5)
  5. Dracula – was not bad when I first read it, much better this time around (4/5)
  6. Frankenstein – first time reading it – Although it did have some good moments, the novel was not nearly as good as I expected. Pretty much every chapter Victor gave me a reason to ‘eyeroll’ and want to stop reading. Further, I wasn’t particularly enamored by the monster. Aren't we supposed to like him, to have sympathy for him? I didn’t. MEH  (2.5/5)
  7. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – first time reading it - did absolutely nothing for me (2.5/5)
  8. The Time Machine – first time reading it in its entirety. Not bad but the ending (or rather the view of the final days of the planet) is just so bleak it is depressing and ruined the novel for me (3/5)
  9. War of the Worlds – a reread. I recall loving this novel after I read it for the first time. This time around not so much – it was very slow in places and just not that exciting. Still, one of the best opening paragraphs ever written IMO. (3/5)
  10. The Island of Doctor Moreau – Previously read it but honestly couldn’t remember much. Of the three Wells novels, it was my favourite by far after the rereads. That said, the ending was somewhat disappointing…very anti-climactic (3.5/5)
  11. The Jungle Book – first time reading it and very disappointing. I expect if I had read it as a child I would have liked it better but reading it as an adult I guess I am too critical. (2.5/5)
  12. The Lost World – first time reading it and absolutely loved it. Loved the story, loved the characters. I can see why this novel would have and should have been turned into numerous movies and tv series. (5/5)

I am currently reading Around the World in 80 Days for the first time and am about 20% complete. Not bad so far...we'll see where it goes from here. 

The following is my reading agenda for the next few months, more or less,….

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (next up to read, for the very first time)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (haven’t read yet)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (haven’t read yet)
  • A Christmas Carol (I always read this on Christmas eve day)
  • Gulliver’s Travels (a reread – I loved it when I first read it)
  • Paradise Lost (a reread – arguably one of my fav books of all time)
  • Doctor Faustus (haven’t read yet)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (haven’t read yet)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (a reread)
  • All the Jane Austen novels (have only read Emma from start to finish but read bits and pieces of all the others)
  • The Prince and the Pauper (a reread – another one of my favs)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (read several times – again one of my all time favs)

That will lead nicely in to the Arthurian legend series by Marion Zimmer-Bradley or, if it is April, a reread of A Game of Thrones, just in time for the start of the HBO series. After that, I think I will return to my regular diet of historical fiction and mystery/adventure novels (which reminds me, I really want the new Jeanne Kalogridis novel, The Scarlet Contessa, re: Caterina Sforza!) There are still a least 20 other classic novels on my eReader that I would like to get to….eventually….LOL

  • Current Location: my office
  • Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
  • Current Music: Adam Lambert - Sleepwalker
Tags:
Gosh, you're doing really, really well. While I have read many of these books a long time ago, I wouldn't mind rereading some of them...in particular, Peter Pan, The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Lost World.

And I loved Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer when I read them some years ago. And the Jane Austen novels! Wonderful. :)

I've finished reading Never Let Me Go on my Kindle and have just started The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I guess I should review Never Let Me Go on Goodreads as well as LJ.

I haven't downloaded too many books yet. But next up would be a book called Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy. Sounds like a romance novel. I can't remember why I downloaded it now, but I must have liked the sound of it. XD
It's so funny, I purchased the eReader so I could catch up on the new novels I want to read and I wind up reading all the retro-classics instead. Don't you just love reading on the eReader? It's so light, my hand never gets tired of holding books anymore. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a perfect example of a book that should be read via eReader....that novel is rather large and heavy. I'm told it is a fabulous book. Let me know what you think of it when you are finished.