Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fifty of the all-time best adventure novels

At B&N Reads Jeff Somers tagged "50 adventure novels you have to read before you die," including:
Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson

On the downside of unbidden adventure, this is the story of David Balfour. After the death of his parents, he visits his miserly, paranoid uncle at the family estate known as the House of Shaws. Learning that he might be the rightful heir, David confronts his uncle—who tricks him onto a ship, where he is knocked unconscious and taken to sea. To say that “adventure ensues” in this classic novel is an understatement.
Read about another entry on the list.

Kidnapped also appears among Ramona Ausubel's six favorite books, M.C. Beaton's six best novels, Robert Wilton's ten top civil war novels, Janis MacKay's top ten books set on the ocean, Joshua Glenn's top 32 adventure novels of the 19th century, Charlie Fletcher's top ten swashbuckling tales of derring-do, and on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best wicked uncles in literature, ten of the best misers in literature, ten of the best shipwrecks, and ten of the best towers in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue