The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: the ultimate fan fiction
" The league is set and the game is on." This isn't the typical league, but the league of extraordinary gentlemen. (LXG by J.K. Anderson ) This book seems like the ultimate fan fiction. Combining from well know and well loved books into one novel. From the deserts of Africa , to the wastelands of Siberia, to the leadgudary ship, The Nautilus. This book has everything, down to James bond's own grandfather!! But Really, this book stays true to the original characterization. The Victorian classics are back and revamped. (pardon the pun.)
Just who is in this League?? Well... Allan Quatermain, the hunter and leader (from King Solomon's Mine.) Rodney Skinner, the "gentleman thief" and invisible man . ( he stole the invisibility potion from the creator ,Dr. Hawley Griffin, and wasn't in the original book.) Mrs. Mina Harker, vampire and chemist. ( from Bram Stoker's Dracula) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde , the scitzo ( from the book of the same name) Dorian Grey , the immortal ( from The Picture of Dorian Grey) Tom Sawyer , the gun-man ( from Mark Twain's adventures) and Captain Nemo , the engineer ( from 20,000 leagues under the Sea)
A mystery man, simply known as "M", selects 5 legendary characters to prevent WWI, stop the bad guy, and save dozens of German scientist and their families from his headquarters. The twists in this novel never end. Romantic tension, bizarre betrayals, misjudgment of a loyal character, death, murder, and every plot twist imagined.
The thorough characterization are better then any other books about the same old, dusty characters. They act and react like normal 20th century people. Not untouchable, unrealistic, stiff characters they are sometimes. They are heroes in the own right, but they also have the same behaviors, bad habits, and downfalls everyone has. For example: Dorian is arrogant , Allan has lost faith in his country, Tom talks too much, Mina still has feelings for Dorian, Nemo prides his ship, and Jekyll has paranoia.
The plot , a typical adventure, has weaknesses. In some places it seems that Anderson is just setting up for his next book. Like the way he sets up relationships and sets down the characters. The plot also evolves around massive fight scenes, sense this is a movie tie-in it really does not work. The fights are climatic thou , but made for a movie, a big downfall for the reader.
Language is oppsoleete in this novel. The diction of the characters don't make their personality. Except for Sawyer, who uses American slang and terms, like "shucks" or "darlin'" . The British characters never use British phrases like "Ticky-boo" or "bloody".
This novel can't be assigned a rating too quickly. It comes from a well written comic book . The reader should definitely check that out first, this novel is hardly it's equal! If the reader is a fan of Dracula ( or any of the other books) they may not like this book. If the reader loves movies, then they may love it. It depends on the person reading it. It's hardly a Pulitzer , but it is a great, original idea. Check out Allan Moore and Kevin O'Neil's graphic novel of the same name.