League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge

This one is not quite my usual thing, and it looks like a lot of fun. I have never seen the 2003 movie "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," but evidently it gathers heroes from several novels and pits them against two literary villains. The challenge is to read every character's book. Here are the rules:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read the original book featuring each of the main characters and post a review of each between 1st January 2012 and the 31st December.

Every single one of these books is out of copyright (which is how they could be used in the first place) and so are free for download on most e-book readers.

Even if you don't complete the challenge, it's great fun watching the film and knowing a little more about the characters!

The main characters and their books are:

Allan Quatermain from King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Mina Harker from Dracula by Bram Stoker

Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

Tom Sawyer from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rodney Skinner from The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (kind of)

The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

James Moriarty from The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I've read a few of these books, but in most cases it's been years. And I have to say I'm not really looking forward to The Phantom of the Opera. I've been successfully avoiding Phantom-mania since high school! (I went away for a year, and when I came back everyone was raving about it.)


  1. Hi there, it's great to have you on board!

    It surprises me a little that you're not looking forward to Phantom - almost everybody else have said that they are. I hope you're pleasantly surprised by it, at any rate.

    I think the one I'm least looking forward to is Tom Sawyer. It just doesn't appeal to me in the slightest.

    Also, just have to say - I ADORE the name of your blog. I have a mild frog obsession so I love it!

  2. Thanks Hanna! Really it's just habit. Everyone was suddenly raving about it, and I never got on board. I'm hoping that the book will be fun.

    I'm glad you like my blog name! It's a book reference but I'm not sure anyone has ever spotted it. If anyone does, I should give a prize...


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