Adventure Classics books
I wrote Far Rockaway in part because I could not get my two children to plough through what they saw as the thick shell of heavy, antiquated prose encasing Treasure Island and Kidnapped to get to the stories within. The good news is that fine Story will always out, one way or another: that supposedly impenetrable prose really worked for them when read aloud, and they listened happily to the audiobooks on two long journeys to the Outer Hebrides. Heresy to say it in these pages, probably, but I think Story, Vitamin S, is more important than actual reading…
The other reason I wrote it was because I'd been lucky enough to chair a discussion with Alan Moore where he talked about his theory about Idea Space, a separate and universally accessible place in which mental events occur. It got me thinking about where stories and their character might go to exist outside us. This allowed me not only to shamelessly steal his cleverer idea and apply it to a kind of Story Space in which half the book occurs, but to remix and mash up some of the characters from classic adventures and hopefully share them with a new audience. Who might even then go back and discover them in the original.
The following 10 classics are the ones responsible for getting me into trouble with this whole storytelling thing in the first place. I guarantee they are chock-full of Vitamin S.
The adventures of Tintin were my gateway drug to the deeper addiction to all books and stories that came after. They also gave me a love of visual storytelling in general and clean-lined illustration in particular. The physical comedy – usually involving Captain Haddock or Cuthbert Calculus – is superb and something the written word alone could not convey. And, of course, they introduced me to pirates …
… speaking of whom: Long John Silver. Stevenson (who after all wrote that great novel about split personality, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) is really good at balancing light and shade in his characters, making them three dimensional and real. Both books are rattling good adventures, full of jeopardy and betrayals. In Treasure Island, Silver is a villain who's almost a hero, and in Kidnapped, the swordsman Alan Breck Stewart is a hero who's pretty close to a villain, if not an actual murderer. And when I finished my first book, Stoneheart, I realised the character of the Gunner has a lot of Alan Breck's DNA in him …
This book took me to India for the first time without leaving the comfort of my chair. I was immediately hooked by the teeming world of the Grand Trunk Road, the bazaars, the busy cantonments and towns and the remote hill stations. More than that I was entranced by Kimball O'Hara, the worldly street urchin who has a foot on both sides of the racial divide of colonial India and slips from one to the other like quicksilver, but not, in the end, without cost. It's an exciting story of espionage and skullduggery, but more than that it's a story about identity and choice. Kim's liking for intrigue and adventure is tempered by his love for the Llama he serves, and in the end he … well, read the book.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Book (W. W. Norton & Company)
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Good tween/teen book suggestions for boys? 12yo2013-05-27 08:23:08 by just_liloleme
Almost 13. Aside from the classics, some modern recommendations?
Also what's up with all the damn series? He has a tendency to read the first 2-3 books in a series and then get bored with it, because they drone on. He made it through the first Percy Jackson books, 2 sequels, but hated the last book and only finished half of it. I'm amazed he got that far. He liked the humor, but that was in 5th grade, he is ready for something more advanced.
He really likes books with plenty of humor and adventure.
What's up with all the post-apocalyptic books now? No more of those
Russ Meyers - Beyond the Valley2009-07-13 11:56:44 by oftheultravixins
Now, here is a porn with plot. It had me laughing so hard I almost pissed my pants.
I get a kick out of the light porn with funny or adventure plots. Gwendolin in the land of Yick yak; Sex & Zen. Dinosaur Island. That stuff cracks me up.
In ancient China this entertainment was called pillow books. In ancient India the rasas ("flavors" - comparable to genres) of the "erotic" and the "humorous" are considered to go together. Some of these Eastern works are considered "classics".
These types of movies crack me up. Give me a funny looking rubber dinosaur (dinosaur island) or a guy who's had his dick replaced with a horses dick (sex & zen) between scenes with hot chicks in the water hole
Madeline and the Hunchback of Notre Dame
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