Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1908

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Anne Of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 2
The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson 2
The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame 2
Why did you spoil my life making me do my M. A.? by Amrit Keshav Nayak 2
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster 1
Arséne Lupin Vs Herlock Sholmes by Maurice Leblanc 1
A Confession by Maxim Gorky 1
Sanshiro by Natsume Soseki 1
The Miner by Natsume Soseki 1
Blanca Olmedo by Lucilla Gamero 0
Benoni by Knut Hamsun 0
The Yellow God by H Rider Haggard 0
A Spirit In Prison by Robert Hitchens 0
L'Edera by Grazia Deledda 0
Il Giornalino di Gian Burrasca by Vamba 0
The Last Pirates by Emilio Salgari 0
Der Weg Ins Freie by Arthur Schnitzler 0
The Song Of Songs by Hermann Sudermann 0
The Son Of The Red Corsair by Emilio Salgari 0
Silvery World by Lee Injik 0
Rosa by Knut Hamsun 0
Red Star by Alexander Bogdanov 0
New Era by Bigehuan zhuren 0
The Life Of A Useless Man by Maxim Gorky 0
The Old Wive's Tale by Arnold Bennett 0
The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham 0
lady Jennifer by John Strange Winter 0
The Lure Of The Mask by Harold MacGarth 0
The Last Egyptian by L. Frank Baum 0
The Iron Heel by Jack London 0
Dorothy & The Wizard In Oz by L. Frank Baum 0
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rineheart 0
The Perfume Of The Lady In Black by Gaston Leroux 0
Penguin Island by Anatole France 0
Hell by Henri Barbusse 0
The Chase Of The Golden Meteor by Jules Verne 0
Mr.Crewe's Career by Winston Churchill (not that one) 0
Peter by Francis Hopkinson Smith 0
Lady Athlyne by Bram Stoker 0
The House Of Arden by E. Nesbit 0
The Ghost Kings by H Rider Haggard 0
The Council Of Justice bu Edgar Wallace 0
The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole 0
We Of The Never Never by Jeannie Gunn 0
Woodsmen Of The West by Martin Allerdale Grainger 0
The Whole Family: A Novel By Twelve Authors 0
The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine by John Fox Jr 0
Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson 0


Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:10 (four weeks ago) link

Voted for Arsene Lupin. Leblanc is great fun and how can you resist the copyright-evading cheek of this one?

Also enjoyed the Forster, as always.

Why did you spoil my life making me do my M. A.? by Amrit Keshav Nayak - you and me both, Amrit buddy, you and me both

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:12 (four weeks ago) link

I've never related so hard to a book title.

jmm, Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:15 (four weeks ago) link

Sitting this one out, as I haven't read any of these.

sock solipsist (pomenitul), Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:19 (four weeks ago) link

Alternative translation of the title: Why did you educate me and destroyed my honour?[2]

jmm, Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:21 (four weeks ago) link

Love Arsene Lupin. My French reading skills are not all they should be, so Arsene Lupin is my go-to when I want to make myself read a book in French.

Might vote Wind in the Willows though.

Why Did You Spoil My Life Making Me Do My M.A.? made me laugh for a solid minute.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:37 (four weeks ago) link

Schnitzler is a really great writer, read many of his novellas but I had no idea he wrote a novel

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:43 (four weeks ago) link

House on the Borderland is the only one I've read and I loved it. A visionary work that employs what I'd call much more modern cinematic techniques such as timelapse effects to dramatic ends,and some truly terrifying horror imagery

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:02 (four weeks ago) link

I tried reading The Night Land, and just couldn't get past his amateurish style.

sock solipsist (pomenitul), Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:06 (four weeks ago) link

I haven't read the Forster, which seems like the canonical choice here

I liked the Bennett but otherwise don't remember a thing about it

The Perfume of the Lady in Black is a decent follow-up to The Mystery of the Yellow Room, but neither of those are as good as The Circular Staircase, better known in its film versions as The Bat

I voted for The House on the Borderland, a classic of cosmic horror, dog latin otm ... but I haven't been able to get started with The Night Land either

Brad C., Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:18 (four weeks ago) link

Why Did You Spoil My Life Making Me Do My M.A.? made me laugh for a solid minute.

Yeah, this is an amazing title.

The Perfume of the Lady in Black

Is this the same as the film? I didn't know it was Leroux.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:53 (four weeks ago) link

The only ones I've read are two of the children's books, so not really motivated to vote.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:56 (four weeks ago) link

there's a 1931 film adaptation of Leroux's The Perfume of the Lady in Black but I think the 1974 giallo just borrows the title

Brad C., Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:23 (four weeks ago) link

Why Did You Spoil My Life Making Me Do My M.A.?

Someone should write a modern version of this (substitute PhD for MA).

sock solipsist (pomenitul), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:26 (four weeks ago) link

Thanks, Brad - I was thinking of the giallo rather than the earlier film, heh.

emil.y, Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:43 (four weeks ago) link

agree that the house on the borderland is great - a must read for weird fiction fans - and the night land is unreadable. carnacki and his pirate stories are entirely meh.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 24 September 2020 19:23 (four weeks ago) link

Anne

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Thursday, 24 September 2020 20:12 (four weeks ago) link

So many good things on this list: Maurice Guest, Sanshiro, A Room With A View, The Road into the Open (the Schnitzler), The Old Wives' Tale, House on the Borderland, Wind in the Willows. No idea which way to vote.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 25 September 2020 02:07 (four weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 27 September 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 28 September 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Shame The Night Land is no good. The synopsis makes it sound interesting. I'd love to hear some sort of audiphile radio adaptation of House On The Borderland

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Monday, 28 September 2020 13:50 (three weeks ago) link

Love Arsene Lupin. My French reading skills are not all they should be, so Arsene Lupin is my go-to when I want to make myself read a book in French.

Same!

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:04 (three weeks ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1909

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:04 (three weeks ago) link

missed this vote. imagine that 0 next to The Iron Heal is a 1.

koogs, Thursday, 1 October 2020 13:32 (three weeks ago) link


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