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Open Books Open Minds - PYM: A Novel by Mat Johnson
The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2013/2014
No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity.
Decades after Edgar Allan Poe s longest and weirdest tale, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym," was published the protagonist disappearing into the misty, mystifying Antarctic seas; his fate unknown Jules Verne took up the challenge to answer what had happened to him. In "The Sphinx of the Ice Realm," he penned the most amazing journey of his fabled career: a voyage across the bottom of the world An astonishing mix of manhunt, sea story, scientific speculation, and polar nightmare, Verne s epic fantasy novel appears here for the first time as a new and complete translation by noted Verne expert Frederick Paul Walter. The book is a treat for any fan of science fiction and fantasy, and includes many fascinating notes for students and scholars alike. In addition, the book features a complete, reader-friendly rendition of the original Poe tale that sparked Verne s uniquely imaginative response."
I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why. H.P. Lovecraft's terrifying horror story gets an illustrated interpretation by one of today's finest graphic novel artists. Geologist William Dyer--the narrator of this novella--is desperate to stop a research team planning a journey to Antarctica. He himself led a disastrous mission there, only to discover evidence of blood-chilling evil from beyond Earth. Will the new expedition continue its plans? And what will happen if they go? Once again, as he did in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ian N. J. Culbard has created an unforgettably powerful retelling of a classic tale.
"A Strange Discovery is an 1899 novel by Charles Romyn Dake and is a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket which was published in 1838. It follows the experiences of the narrator, an Englishman, during his stay in Bellevue, Illinois (see below), and his encounter with Dirk Peters, Pym's sailor companion in Poe's novel. On his deathbed, Peters relates the missing conclusion to Poe's tale." Wikipedia
Sequels to The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Illustration from Jules Verne's essay "Edgard Poë et ses oeuvres"