Monday, February 18, 2008

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 1

Author: Alan Moore

First line: Greetings, children of vanquished and colonised nations the world o'er.

Why you should read this book: With inimitable tongue-in-cheek genius, Moore delivers a delightful romp through a steampunk Victoria, peopled by the the heroes of that era's literature. The unflappable Mina Murray (since divorced from Jonathan Harker following the events of Bram Stoker's Dracula) leads a band of incorrigibles on a quest to save London from a science-fueled gang war between a Chinese opium lord and the undisputed mastermind of British crime. Moore nods his head to the literary greats, as well as the penny-dreadfuls, merging adventure, horror, and science fiction in a story that sucks the very marrow from the dawn of speculative fiction.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You thought the movie adaptation was brilliant, particularly the bit where Mina turns into a vampire.

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