Tag Archive | good characters

That moment we all fell in love with Darcy – now in Statue Form!

Remember that amazing scene  in Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy  takes a dip in the lake by his country mansion, only to be surprised by running into Elizabeth Bennett, who is flustered at the sight of his handsome, dripping body? No? Well, that scene wasn’t actually written by Austen; just a cleverly-placed alteration in Andrew […]

A Curious Perspective

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon, Vintage, 2003, 240 pages Here’s a genuinely novel concept for a book: write a first-person narrative. Make the narrator a young boy with a behavioural disorder (think Asperger’s or Autism). Make it a mystery novel, about a bigger mystery than just the titular Dog, […]

Melancholy and Eccentricity

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Nagaru Tanigawa, Little, Brown, 2009, 208 pages “With that said, Haruhi reached under Asahina’s uniform and began to grope her. Hel-lo? “It’s starting to piss me off. Such a cutie’s sporting bigger ones than me!” Asahina struggled and kicked, her face bright red, but she couldn’t overcome the difference […]

It’s all in the names

Graceling – Kristin Cashore, Harcourt, 2008, 480 pages Finished August 2012 Here we have yet another adventurous, slightly fantastical piece of young adult fiction with a strong female character, some romance, and lots of evil plotting that must be overcome. In a kingdom where some people are “graced” with special gifts or powers, Katsa bears […]

Holmes vs. Hound

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902 Finished June 2, 2012 Right now I live in Japan. Turns out Japanese people are familiar with Sherlock Holmes too. One of my students wrote that he enjoyed the movie with his family (“Shaaroku Hoomuzu” could have no other meaning). Another girl named her cat […]