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    The Book Thread

    Here's the list. Once we've done them all we'll have to find a new challenge....If it's red (pun intended) there's a review.

    Title Author
    1. The Lord of the Rings ---------- JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice ---------- Jane Austen
    3. His Dark Materials ---------- Philip Pullman

    4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ---------- Douglas Adams
    5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ---------- JK Rowling
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird ---------- Lee Harper
    7. Winnie the Pooh ---------- AA Milne
    8. Nineteen Eighty-Four ---------- George Orwell
    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ---------- CS Lewis
    10. Jane Eyre ---------- Charlotte Bronte
    11. Catch-22 ---------- Joseph Heller
    12. Wuthering Heights ---------- Emily Bronte
    13. Birdsong ---------- Sebastian Faulks
    14. Rebecca ---------- Daphne du Maurier
    15. The Catcher in the Rye ---------- JD Salinger
    16. The Wind in the Willows ---------- Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations ---------- Charles Dickens
    18. Little Women ---------- Louisa May Alcott
    19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin ---------- Louis de Bernieres
    20. War and Peace ---------- Leo Tolstoy
    21. Gone with the Wind ---------- Margaret Mitchell
    22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone ---------- JK Rowling
    23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets ---------- JK Rowling
    24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban ---------- JK Rowling
    25. The Hobbit ---------- JRR Tolkien
    26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles ---------- Thomas Hardy
    27. Middlemarch ---------- George Eliot
    28. A Prayer For Owen Meany ---------- John Irving
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath ---------- John Steinbeck
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland ---------- Lewis Carroll
    31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude ---------- Gabriel García Márquez
    33. The Pillars Of The Earth ---------- Ken Follett
    34. David Copperfield ---------- Charles Dickens
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory ---------- Roald Dahl
    36. Treasure Island ---------- Robert Louis Stevenson
    37. A Town Like Alice ---------- Nevil Shute
    38. Persuasion ---------- Jane Austen
    39. Dune ---------- Frank Herbert
    40. Emma ---------- Jane Austen
    41. Anne Of Green Gables ---------- LM Montgomery
    42. Watership Down ---------- Richard Adams
    43. The Great Gatsby ---------- F Scott Fitzgerald
    44. The Count Of Monte Cristo ---------- Alexandra Dumas
    45. Brideshead Revisited ---------- Evelyn Waugh
    46. Animal Farm ---------- George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol ---------- Charles Dickens
    48. Far From The Madding Crowd ---------- Thomas Hardy
    49. Goodnight Mister Tom ---------- Michelle Magorian
    50. The Shell Seekers ---------- Rosamuande Pilcher
    51. The Secret Garden ---------- Frances Hodgson Burnett
    52. Of Mice And Men ---------- John Steinbeck
    53. The Stand ---------- Stephen King
    54. Anna Karenina ---------- Leo Tolstoy
    55. A Suitable Boy ---------- Vijram Seth
    56. The BFG ---------- Roald Dahl
    57. Swallows And Amazons ---------- Arthur Ransome
    58. Black Beauty ---------- Anna Sewell
    59. Artemis Fowl ---------- Eoin Colfer
    60. Crime And Punishment ---------- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    61. Noughts And Crosses ---------- Malorie Blackman
    62. Memoirs Of A Geisha ---------- Arthur Golden
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities ---------- Charles Dickens
    64. The Thorn Birds ---------- Colleen McCollough
    65. Mort ---------- Terry Pratchett
    66. The Magic Faraway Tree ---------- Enid Blyton
    67. The Magus ---------- John Fowles
    68. Good Omens ---------- Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    69. Guards! Guards! ---------- Terry Pratchett
    70. Lord Of The Flies ---------- William Golding
    71. Perfume ---------- Patrick Suskind
    72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists ---------- Robert Tressell
    73. Night Watch ---------- Terry Pratchett
    74. Matilda ---------- Roald Dahl
    75. Bridget Jones's Diary ---------- Helen Fielding
    76. The Secret History ---------- Donna Tartt
    77. The Woman In White ---------- Wilkie Collins
    78. Ulysses ---------- James Joyce
    79. Bleak House ---------- Charles Dickens
    80. Double Act ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    81. The Twits ---------- Roald Dahl
    82. I Capture The Castle ---------- Dodie Smith
    83. Holes ---------- Louis Sachar
    84. Gormenghast ---------- Mervyn Peake
    85. The God Of Small Things ---------- Arundhati Roy
    86. Vicky Angel ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    87. Brave New World ---------- Aldous Huxley
    88. Cold Comfort Farm ---------- Stella Gibbons
    89. Magician ---------- Raymond E Feist
    90. On The Road ---------- Jack Kerouac
    91. The Godfather ---------- Mario Puzo
    92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear ---------- Jean M Auel
    93. The Colour Of Magic ---------- Terry Pratchett
    94. The Alchemist ---------- Paulo Coelho
    95. Katherine ---------- Anya Seton
    96. Kane And Abel ---------- Jeffrey Archer
    97. Love In The Time Of Cholera ---------- Gabriel García Márquez
    98. Girls In Love ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    99. The Princess Diaries ---------- Meg Cabot
    100. Midnight's Children ---------- Salman Rushdie
    101. Three Men In A Boat ---------- Jerome K Jerome
    102. Small Gods ---------- Terry Pratchett
    103. The Beach ---------- Alex Garland
    104. Dracula ---------- Bram Stoker
    105. Point Blanc ---------- Anthony Horowitz
    106. The Pickwick Papers ---------- Charles Dickens
    107. Stormbreaker ---------- Anthony Horowitz
    108. The Wasp Factory ---------- Lain Banks
    109. The Day Of The Jackal ---------- Frederick Forsyth
    110. The Illustrated Mum ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    111. Jude The Obscure ---------- Thomas Hardy
    112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ ---------- Sue Townsend
    113. The Cruel Sea ---------- Nicholas Monsarrat
    114. Les Misérables ---------- Victor Hugo
    115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge ---------- Thomas Hardy
    116. The Dare Game ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    117. Bad Girls ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray ---------- Oscar Wilde
    119. Shogun ---------- James Clavell
    120. The Day Of The Triffids ---------- John Wyndham
    121. Lola Rose ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    122. Vanity Fair ---------- William Makepeace Thackeray
    123. The Forsyte Saga ---------- John Galsworthy
    124. House Of Leaves ---------- Mark Z Danielewski
    125. The Poisonwood Bible ---------- Barbara Kingsolver
    126. Reaper Man ---------- Terry Pratchett
    127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging ---------- Louise Rennison
    128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles ---------- Arthur Conan Doyle
    129. Possession ---------- A. S. Byatt
    130. The Master And Margarita ---------- Mikhail Bulgakov
    131. The Handmaid's Tale ---------- Margaret Atwood
    132. Danny The Champion Of The World ---------- Roald Dahl
    133. East Of Eden ---------- John Steinbeck
    134. George's Marvellous Medicine ---------- Roald Dahl
    135. Wyrd Sisters ---------- Terry Pratchett
    136. The Color Purple ---------- Alice Walker
    137. Hogfather ---------- Terry Pratchett
    138. The Thirty-Nine Steps ---------- John Buchan
    139. Girls In Tears ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    140. Sleepovers ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    141. All Quiet On The Western Front ---------- Erich Maria Remarque
    142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum ---------- Kate Atkinson
    143. High Fidelity ---------- Nick Hornby
    144. It ---------- Stephen King
    145. James And The Giant Peach ---------- Roald Dahl
    146. The Green Mile ---------- Stephen King
    147. Papillon ---------- Henri Charriere
    148. Men At Arms ---------- Terry Pratchett
    149. Master And Commander ---------- Patrick O'Brian
    150. Skeleton Key ---------- Anthony Horowitz
    151. Soul Music ---------- Terry Pratchett
    152. Thief Of Time ---------- Terry Pratchett
    153. The Fifth Elephant ---------- Terry Pratchett
    154. Atonement ---------- Ian McEwan
    155. Secrets ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    156. The Silver Sword ---------- Ian Serraillier
    157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest ---------- Ken Kesey
    158. Heart Of Darkness ---------- Joseph Conrad
    159. Kim ---------- Rudyard Kipling
    160. Cross Stitch ---------- Diana Gabaldon
    161. Moby Dick ---------- Herman Melville
    162. River God ---------- Wilbur Smith
    163. Sunset Song ---------- Lewis Grassic Gibbon
    164. The Shipping News ---------- Annie Proulx
    165. The World According To Garp ---------- John Irving
    166. Lorna Doone ---------- R. D. Blackmore
    167. Girls Out Late ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    168. The Far Pavilions ---------- M. M. Kaye
    169. The Witches ---------- Roald Dahl
    170. Charlotte's Web ---------- E. B. White
    171. Frankenstein ---------- Mary Shelley
    172. They Used To Play On Grass ---------- Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
    173. The Old Man And The Sea ---------- Ernest Hemingway
    174. The Name Of The Rose ---------- Umberto Eco
    175. Sophie's World ---------- Jostein Gaarder
    176. Dustbin Baby ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    177. Fantastic Mr Fox ---------- Roald Dahl
    178. Lolita ---------- Vladimir Nabokov
    179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull ---------- Richard Bach
    180. The Little Prince ---------- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    181. The Suitcase Kid ---------- Jacqueline Wilson
    182. Oliver Twist ---------- Charles Dickens
    183. The Power Of One ---------- Bryce Courtenay
    184. Silas Marner ---------- George Eliot
    185. American Psycho ---------- Bret Easton Ellis
    186. The Diary Of A Nobody ---------- George and Weedon Grossmith
    187. Trainspotting ---------- Irvine Welsh
    188. Goosebumps ---------- R. L. Stine
    189. Heidi ---------- Johanna Spyri
    190. Sons And Lovers ---------- D. H. LawrenceLife of Lawrence
    191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being ---------- Milan Kundera
    192. Man And Boy ---------- Tony Parsons
    193. The Truth ---------- Terry Pratchett
    194. The War Of The Worlds ---------- H. G. Wells
    195. The Horse Whisperer ---------- Nicholas Evans
    196. A Fine Balance ---------- Rohinton Mistry
    197. Witches Abroad ---------- Terry Pratchett
    198. The Once And Future King ---------- T. H. White
    199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar ---------- Eric Carle
    200. Flowers In The Attic ---------- Virginia Andrews
    201. The Dice Man, Luke Reinhart ---------- Luke Reinhart
    202. Idylls ---------- Theocritus of Syracuse
    203. Metamorphoses ---------- Ovid
    204. The Monk ---------- Matthew Lewis
    205. The Twelve Caesars ---------- Suetonius
    206. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court ---------- Mark Twain
    207. Don Quixote ---------- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    208. Northanger Abbey ---------- Jane Austen
    209. The Importance of Being Earnest ---------- Oscar Wilde
    210. The Secret Agent ---------- Joseph Conrad
    211. I CLAUDIUS ---------- Robert Graves
    212. Tom Jones ---------- Henry Fielding
    213. The Hunger Games ---------- Suzanne Collins
    214. One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich ---------- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    215. Weaveworld ---------- Clive Barker
    216. Marathon Man ---------- William Goldman
    217. Selected Poems ---------- John Donne
    218. Sophie's Choice ---------- William Styron
    219. the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ---------- Edward Gibbon
    220. The Castle of Otranto ---------- Horace Warpole

    If you post below, one of your loving admins will edit this post to reflect there being a review. Any comments on existing reviews we can edit and paste into the review posts if that makes sense. So this thread should stay clean of all but thoughts on the books..I'm definitely getting old.

    RED=Read and not worthy (may be good but not an all timer)
    AMBER=Woah, hold on there, there's a disagreement here, someone make a choice dammit!
    GREEN=A keeper and no mistake, read this bad boy at once.
    Last edited by TeaLeaf; 10th August 2015 at 09:47 AM. Reason: Removed broken table code
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    43. The Great Gatsby

    May contain spoilers.

    43. The Great Gatsby
    Benny - I'd considered a short and punchy review along the lines of 'It's alright' but figured I should make an effort. It's not that it's a bad story, it's just that it really didn't feel like it got going to me. Admirably short at 150 or so pages, depending on your reader of choice, I found that I was reading more and more to get to something exciting. The initial 'party' outlook as we're introduced to the man in question could have been explored more but the love story within is the underlying plot. The voice of the story telling is well written but I found it somewhat pedestrian at times. Both murders were brushed away and the story of Daisy is just left hanging at the end.
    I can't write a lot as there isn't much to write about, love story, jealousy, murder, revenge, it's all there, but it's all so anaemic you don't develop any feeling for the characters. There's no real physical descriptions of people so it's all about the smokey laid back feel of the 20's.

    Gortex - I am finding this a difficult one to review as I can not decide if I like it or not. Similar to what Benny mentioned, at 150 pages! it does take forever to get going and felt like I was halfway through before the plot of the love circle and the underlying story of Gatsby’s rags to riches really comes to life. By which time because it is a short novel, it feels like it rushes through some of the major scenes as if it is in a hurry to finish. However I also feel this is quite cleverly written as it keeps the readers attention on the main plots and not getting too dragged into the sub plots. Which in some books I have read, it takes the writer several chapters to get back on course.
    It also in my opinion gives you just a taster into the characters lives and leave the reader to use their imagination to fill in the gaps of what might have happened if…. Or what will happen after… a good way to keep people discussing a book after it is read. When reading it, it makes me think it is written in the form of some feller down the pub telling a story to his mates but taking forever to get to the end of the punch line and you end up wondering how much of it is true and exaggerated.
    Once you get past the confusing and boring start it does start to come alive and I really did enjoy it but just wish it had been a bit longer. Again as Benny says it’s all there and gives you a nice taster of each but at the same time can’t decide what it wants to be. I am looking forward to see what the film will be like when it comes out.

    Should you read it?
    Benny - If you have a spare couple of afternoons, yes, it's an ok book.
    Gortex - Yes it is worth the read, short and if you can get past the start worth it

    Is it a classic and does it deserve to be on the list?
    Benny - No.
    Gortex - Not as high as 43 but in the later part after 150 yes.
    Last edited by Benny; 22nd December 2012 at 11:34 PM.
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    Additional #13. The Hunger Games
    You remember that rumour that did the rounds about the drinking water, where it's laced with oestrogen and we are all becoming large breasted infertile man-girls? Either it's true or I've started liking girls books. This isn't half bad. So it's blatantly a star crossed lover version of 'The Running Man' by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King if I totally recall*) but it's well written and as you hit the games piece it accelerates. The ending is a bit weak and washed out, but there was no ending to be had after the frenetic pace of the death match itself.

    Without rehashing the plot** there were a couple of pieces that disappointed. The final days of the battling were a little empty, specifically between Cato and the other big lad whose name I forget. Also the wolf pieces reminded me of the Mulefa***. An empty description and no real substance behind the reasoning. Outside that if you liked this little number, I'd highly recommend the Running Man, it's nothing like the film and a much better read.
    I don't want to give the impression I didn't enjoy it, I really did, but I won't be pulling it off the (virtual) shelf in 10 years to remind myself of it. I felt no tense excitement, the nudity was boring, the love piece between Gale, Dolly bird and the stay puff man was ok, but toward the end relatively predictable. I'll read the others in the series as it was a good yarn....

    Should you read it?
    Yes, it's not a bad story, if you like pulp you can charge through and feel no dirtier afterward, go for it.
    Is it a classic and does it deserve to be on the list?
    No, too many others have done this story (and better)

    *And without google....I'm good.
    **Use google if you want that.
    ***If you don't know what this means, read my blog posts, it makes me sick to self publicise, but the mulefa make me want to eat my own face with a wooden spoon.
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    3. His Dark Materials
    The above post reminded me.

    Should you read it?
    No. Avoid this tripe.
    Is it a classic and does it deserve to be on the list?
    It's about as classic as an oversized swan that uses it's wings as a mainsail and looks like a ship. Yes, that's in there too. What a load of mulefa.
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    106. The Pickwick Papers.

    This is Dickens first novel and very much a comedy. It contains all the elements we've come to associate with Dickens, a large cast of bizarre characters with equally bizarre names, a couple of juicy villains and a real insight into the early Victorian period. It's basically a road movie/book in that a group of likeable fiends known as the Pickwick Club travel the length and breadth of the country observing life and the people they meet. They then return to the Pickwick Club and recount their tales to each other.

    It's a light, funny book without the heavy drama and conflict found in some of his other work. what makes it shine is the way Dickens draws his characters. Each of them is a treat to meet and learn about. There are some great illustrations throughout the book and it's a surprisingly light easy read. If you're new to Dickens it's a good one to start with.

    Should you read it?
    Yes. It's a very humorous book and a great introduction to the world of Charles Dickens
    Is it a classic and does it deserve to be on the list?
    Absolutely. It's pure Dickens but without the melodrama and with some of his most enjoyable characters.
    Last edited by Benny; 7th December 2012 at 01:24 PM.
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    79. Bleak House.

    This is classed as one of the best works Charles Dickens ever wrote and Bleak House was published in 20 monthly instalments over 67 chapters. It includes a vast amount of small part characters and sub plots with some excellent main characters like the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn and mad but ever cheerful Miss Flite. At the novel's core is long-running litigation in England's Court of Chancery and the shambolic and disgraceful legal system in use at the time which was reformed in 1870. It is written from two main points of view, the third person narrator and main character and narrator Esther Summerson which gives it an interesting masculine and feminine point of view.

    I personally think the novel is far too long and suffers from the same issues that The Lord or the Rings or such like novels that were written and published over an extended period of time. It chops and changes too much from one set of characters to the next which at many times has me confused as to who he is actually writing about until several pages into the chapters. Some of the chapters were, to be quite frank, dull and dragged on far more than they needed to, with the end of the novel being wrapped up in what felt like 2 very rushed chapters.

    This having been said, there are some truly amazing chapters and gripping scenes which had me glued to the book and not wanting to stop reading. At one point I was almost in tears due to how graphic and sad the story had become and how in pure Dickens class he makes everything come alive. But unfortunately for me these patches of total literature class were too spaced out and not as frequent as I would expect from the master himself.

    Should you read it?
    Yes. But only if you’re a big Dickens fan and wish to read his entire works. There are better novels he has written.

    Is it a classic and does it deserve to be on the list?
    No. Even though it is Dickens I feel there are far better works by him that should and are on the list.
    -=[dMw]=- Gortex

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    8. Nineteen Eighty Four.

    This book recommended by several people and very highly rated in both the BBC big read along with other listings of best reads and quite rightly so. It is a dystopian and satirical novel set in Oceania, where society is tyrannized by The Party (Big Brother) and its totalitarian ideology. It takes no time at all in diving head first into the main character Winston Smith and describing the world and political state of London (air strip 1) in spring 1984. About 75% of the novel is from a narrator point of view, and very heavily written in a psychological, sociology and political way. Not something that you can lightly just pick up, read, and not have to pay attention to what is being digested.

    I did find after getting through the first few chapters of this style of writing in becoming a bit tedious, and felt it made the story stand still and not really get going. But sticking with it and only reading when my mind was not distracted by other things to much, I really got into it and started to eagerly turn page after page in wanting to find out what happens. The ending in particular is truly excellent and can guarantee you spend time after and during the read thinking about society as a whole and how things in some way in our reality have not much changed and have striking similarities.

    Should you read it?
    Yes. This is a must read.
    Is it a classic and does it deserve to be on the list?
    Yes, And deservedly so and in the top 10 in my opinion.
    -=[dMw]=- Gortex

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    2. Pride and Prejudice.

    So this novel which is so popular and rated so highly in the BBC Great Read and by very many people around the world. Question is, is it any good, and in a nut shell probably only if you’re female as I am going to struggle to write many good things about it.

    It is a story about a love affair, focusing around the main character of Elizabeth Bennet and as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the early 1800s, and her love for the other main character Mr Darcy. The writing description and use of English is really excellent and for any scholar an absolute gem of written literature.

    I started this book once before, but gave up after the first few chapters as found it so dull a read that my mind would wonder off on something else. For the Great Read challenge I thought, give it another go and just stick at it as who knows it might get better. In a short answer NO it does not, and don’t waste your time reading this book as it is as dull as dirty dish water and in my opinion only had about 2 or 3 short parts in it which I found enjoyable. I don’t mind reading a love story as sometimes they can be a joy to read, Wuthering Heights for example in my opinion is truly excellent and much more interesting with gripping characters and scenes in the book which has you captivated.

    Pride and Prejudice though just takes for ever to get to the main points and spends 80% of the book talking about marriage and how the ladies feel about it all, while building up to the main point which ends up to be a letter about who said something bad about someone else and then starting the same cycle again. These are topics which I would expect women to love and men to roll their eyes at, which is the only conclusion I can come to why it is so popular.

    Should you read it?
    No. There are better love stories out there, don’t follow the crowd.
    Is it a classic and does it deserve to be on the list?
    Yes, because lots of women prob voted it in.
    -=[dMw]=- Gortex

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    22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    This book probably does not need much introduction as I am pretty sure everyone in DMW and probably the world now know of the character Harry Potter. If not then either you must live in a third world country or never watch telly, browse interweb, or chat to people in public. It is the first novel in the series written by JK Rowling and sets the scene for the early life of an orphaned child about to find out he is a wizard, and goes off to school to learn how, with lots of adventures and characters helping and hindering him.

    I personally think the book is absolutely charming, fun and a pleasure to read. The film in my opinion was very good and sticks pretty close to the story but the book is just better, as is often the case. The extra scenes, descriptions and a few characters just send it into another level and I enjoyed it so much I could just not stop reading. It has the ability of really letting your imagination run wild as you read about wired and wonderful magic, items and creatures. In a strange way the story and style reminded me of CS Lewis and his wonderful novels about Narnia, and the other magical worlds which work around ours and can be got at if you are young and innocent enough.

    The only thing that worries me a bit is, due to how good I found this first book are the rest in the series able to hit as high a standard as this one has set or will it (like the films) lose the charm of it because it all becomes just a bit too serious.

    Should you read it?
    Yes. This is an excellent read.
    Is it a classic and does it deserves to be on the list?
    Yes, and would recommend it.
    -=[dMw]=- Gortex

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    36. Treasure Island ---------- Robert Louis Stevenson

    This is a story told from the perspective of a young boy (Jim Hawkins) and details his 'coming of age' as he sets off on an adventure, for me this is the story of Long John Silver. Silver is the archetypal pirate and I'm amazed as to how much both he and the book have influenced the image of pirates generally. Eye patches, parrots, treasure maps etc. And Silver seems to be the blueprint for every pirate character since. His moral ambiguity is most interesting and I can't work out of he's a completely evil character or more of a Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow. I suspect the latter. Either way the book is the story of Silver as told through the eyes of Jim Hawkins. Silver is such an iconic and interesting character that much like he does in movie adaptations he carries there whole story along and it's his adventure that kept me interested throughout.

    Treasure Island is a summer blockbuster movie in book form. Think Indiana Jones, Star Wars etc

    Should you read it?
    If you're a fan of high adventure and especially pirates and high jinx on the high seas then this ones for you.

    Is it a classic and does it deserves to be on the list
    Absolutely. It defined the pirate genre and is a classic adventure story

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