Saturday, November 9, 2019

Recap of Novels 131-140

Recap of Novels 131-140

Average rating of novels 131-140 – 3.9 stars (out of 5)

131.  ★ ★ ★ ½                 Picnic at Hanging Rock
132.  ★ ★ ★ ½             The Oak Openings
133.  ★ ★½                   The Day of the Triffids
134.  ★ ★ ★ ½                 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
135.  ★ ★ ★ ½                 Through the Looking Glass
136.  ★ ★ ★                 Coraline
★ ★ ★                 A Christmas Carol
★ ★ ★ ½             Dracula
139.  ★ ★ ★½                 The Universal Baseball Association
140.  ★ ★ ★                 Lost Horizon

Favorite: Dracula
Honorable Mention: The Oak Openings

Least Favorite: The Day of the Triffids

Best Alternate Title: The Bee Hunter – which I think is a better, though less commonly used, title for The Oak Openings

Best Hero: Parson Amen from The Oak Openings
Best Heroine: Mina Harker from Dracula

Most Villainous: Count Dracula
Dishonorable Mention: Other Mother from Coraline

Most interesting/Complex character: Onoah, Native American from The Oak Openings

Best Quotation: Listen to them – the children of the night. What music they make! ~ Count Dracula referring to the howling of wolves
Runner Up: “You know,” he added very gravely, “it’s one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle – to get one’s head cut off”. ~ Tweedle Dee

Best film adaptation: Coraline
There are pretty good film versions of all of these, except The Oak Openings and The Universal Baseball Association, which I don’t believe have been adapted to film. I believe I read somewhere that A Christmas Carol has been adapted to film more than any other work of literature.


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