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Tasting the Classics

Book #12 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Not only a classic, but a classic of speculative fiction that I had not previously read. Seen adaptations, sure, including the BBCs recent Jekyll and the mediocre Mary Rilley. In fact, after watching the latter on Netflix Instant I acquired the book, but hadn’t cognitively connected that story to the Stevenson. I had figured Mary Rilley to be at least a literary exercise in telling a familiar story from a different angle, but I now see why an "in-the-house" perspective was used. I’m not sure when telling a story from the outside and then working inward went out of style, but it’s a style I’ve always liked. For better or worse, it has crept into my writing as well.

I haven’t read much Robert Louis Stevenson. I’d like to think I’ve read Treasure Island, but I really don’t think I have. I think he’s generally been consider a "boy" writer, which really isn’t any excuse.


Read Jekyll and Hyde in preparation for FiestaCon. Another piece they’ve included on their reading list is Avram Davidson’s "Or All the Seas with Oysters." Great piece of classic SF.