Classics Revisited

Read the classics from a new perspective or a different time.

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Fiction

  • Black Spring by Alison Croggon (Bronte's Wuthering Heights).  Lina is enchanting, vibrant but willful.  And her eyes betray her for what she truly is - a witch.  With her childhood companion, Damek, she has grown up privileged and spoiled and the pair are devoted to each other to the point of obsession.  But times are changing.  Vendetta is coming.  And tragedy is stalking the halls of the Red House.
  • A Study in Scarlet: a Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel adapted from the original novel by Arthur Conan Doyle; illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard; text adapted by Ian Edginton (Sherlock Holmes).  The mystery in which Dr. Watson first meets Sherlock Holmes and the two locate their apartment at 221B Baker Street in the midst of a case that spans two continents.
  • Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus assembled from the original text by Mary Shelley in three volumes by Gris Grimly (Frankenstein).  Retells, in graphic novel format, Mary Shelley's classic tale of a monster, assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies, who develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.  Neo-Victorian and emo.
  • The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds (Homer's Odyssey).  Retells the epic tale of Odysseus, the ancient Greek hero who encounters witches and other obstacles on his journey home after fighting in the Trojan War. 
  • Juliet, Immortal by Stacey Jay (Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet).  For 700 years, the sould of Romeo and Juliet have repeatedly inhabited the bodies of newly deceased people to battle to the death as sworn enemies, until they meet for the last time as two Southern California high school students.  Sequel: Romeo Redeemed.
  • Jane by April Lindner (Bronte's Jane Eyre).  A contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre in which an orphaned nanny becomes entranced with her magnetic and brooding employer, a rock star with a torturous secret from his past.
  • Ash by Malinda Lo (Cinderella).  In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (also Cinderella).  As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.  Other books in series: ScarletCress.
  • Zeus by George O'Connor.  (Greek Mythology).  An illustrated retelling of the Greek myth that details the story of Zeus, describing his boyhood through his reign as teh ruler of the Olympian Pantheon.  Other books in the series: AthenaHeraHadesPoseidonAphrodite
  • Steampunk Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Maunel Sumberac (Edgar Allan Poe collection).  The book presents classic works of Edgar Allan Poe in their original form, with the dark tales of horror and mystery heightened by equally dark and mysterious Steampunk illustrations.  
  • The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau).  Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London -- working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life.  After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments.  But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Updated: April 2014

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Nonfiction

Updated: April 2014

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