Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Adventure Novels!

Critic Don D'Ammassa, in the Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Adventure Fiction defines the genre as:  ...An adventure is an event or series of events that happens outside the course of the protagonist's ordinary life, usually accompanied by danger, often by physical action. Adventure stories almost always move quickly, and the pace of the plot is at least as important as characterization, setting and other elements of a creative work.
 November 13th was the birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (1850). He began to suffer from a lung disease at a very early age. He wanted to live a life of adventure but his poor health forced him to move to France. One night, he was passing by a house and fell instantly in love with a woman he saw. He followed her to San Francisco and married her.  They traveled constantly looking for a healthier climate.  They finally settled on the Pacific island of Samoa.
In the summer of 1881, Stevenson painted a map of an imaginary island for his stepson, and it gave him an idea for Treasure Island (1883). He finished it in a few weeks.  A few years later, he wrote the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) in a single week. He also wrote Kidnapped in 1866.
Stevenson's peers saw him as one of the greatest writers of his generation. And he influenced others such as Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges and G. K. Chesterton.


Homer--The Odyssey (End of 8th century B.C.)
Daniel Defoe--Robinson Crusoe (1719)
Johann David Wyss--Swiss Family Robinson (1812)
Alexandre Dumas--Three Musketeers (1844), Count of Monte Cristo (1845)
Herman Melville--Moby Dick (1851)
Jules Verne--Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869)
Rudyard Kipling--Captains Courageous (1897)
Joseph Conrad--Heart of Darkness (1899)
J. M. Barrie--Peter Pan (1902)
Jack London--Call of the Wild (1903), Sea-Wolf (1904), White Fang (1906)
Arthur Conan Doyle--The Lost World (1912)
Edgar Rice Burroughs--Tarzan of the Apes (1914)
J. R. R. Tolkien--The Hobbit (1936), The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)
William Golding--Lord of the Flies (1954)


Dale Brown--Act of War, Dreamland, Flight of the Old Dog
Dan Brown--Angels and Demons, The DaVinci Code
Lee Child--Jack Reacher novels (Killing Floor)
Michael Crichton--Congo, Jurassic Park, The Lost World
Clive Cussler--The Chase, Serpent, Spartan Gold (anything by him)
Nelson DeMille--Cathedral, Plum Island, The Quest
Jack Du Brul--Havoc, The Medusa Stone, Vulcan's Forge
Robert Ludlum--Jason Bourne novels (The Bourne Identity
George R.R. Martin--Song of Ice and Fire series (A Game of Thrones)
Gary Paulsen--Hatchet, The River, The Crossing
David Poyer--Fire on the Waters, The Med, The Whiteness of the Whale
Daniel Silva--Gabriel Allon series (Kill Artist)
Brad Taylor--Pike Logan series (One Rough Man)
Brad Thor--Scot Harvath series (Lions of Lucerne)
Peter Tonkin--Richard Mariner series (The Coffin Ship)

There are so many more!  What are some of your favorites?  Let me know what you liked as a child and what you enjoy now?

I loved White Fang and Lord of the Rings!

"If you don't like Stevenson, there must be something wrong with you."
Jorge Luis Borges

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