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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Roguish Reading

As a reader, do you love to encounter a nasty villain now and then? So does Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl fantasy series. He recently listed his top 10 literary rogues in The Guardian  ("Eoin Colfer's Top Ten Villains," May 23, 2013).  He even admits he finds them more interesting to write about in his own books than his heroes.  Here are a few selections from his list:
Ernst Stavro Blofeld in The Blofield Trilogy: 007 James Bond Novels by Ian Fleming
Captain Hook in Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Steerpike in The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Laurence Peake
Napoleon in Animal Farm by George Orwell
Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda by Roald Dahl
Professor Moriarty in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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