Gut Rumbles

June 08, 2005


Usually, I despise those things. They remind me of "in" people who passed secret notes in high school for only the "in" crowd to read. But this one ain't bad, even though I couldn't name a damn one of them right off the top of my head.

Try MY LIST of literary characters:

1) Lord Greystoke

2) Yossarian

3) Howard Roarke

4) Tarl Cabot

5) John Carter

6) Uriah Heep

7) Hank Morgan

8) Lorena Wood

9) Miss Moneypenny

10) John Clark

11) Valentine Michael Smith

12) Luca Brazzi

13) Clyde Griffiths

14) Isherwood Williams

15) Lucy Westenra

Who were they and what novels did they appear in? There. That's my meme for the day and I think my list is easier than Kelley's was.


I got 1, 2, 9, 10, and 12 but my favorite is Yossarian. Truly a great character.

Posted by: Scott P on June 8, 2005 08:36 PM

1. Lord Greystoke was Tarzan, right? Edgar Rice Burroughs -- devoured them as a kid --30-40 years ago.
2. Yossarian -- Catch 22 Joseph Heller

3. Howard Roarke -- The Fountainhead Ayn Rand (the reason I've been single for 30 years -- hard image to live up to !)
5. John Carter --ummm some explorer -- have to think about this one
6. Uriah Heep Oliver Twist ? Dickens
9. MissMoneypenny -- he secretary in all the James Bond books -- Ian Fleming

11. VMS -- Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein

12. sounds like Mario Puzo ??
got me on the rest, this English major is now late for work ...

Posted by: Marianne on June 8, 2005 08:39 PM

1) Lord Greystoke

Tarzan, all of the Tarzan novels by Burroughs

2) Yossarian

No clue

3) Howard Roarke

Ayn Rand. Don't remember the books. Did not hold my interest, but was pretty young.

4) Tarl Cabot

Dammit, I should know this. The Venus books? No, I am sure it was Gor. Pretty sure anyway.

5) John Carter

Also Burroughs. John Carter of Mars, A Princess of Mars, etc.

6) Uriah Heep

Damn, I should know this one as well. All that keeps slamming me in the head is the band :>
David Copperfield?

7) Hank Morgan

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Every damn time I read this I think of Bugs Bunny now.

8) Lorena Wood

Lonesome Dove?

9) Miss Moneypenny

M's secretary, always had a crush on James Bond.

10) John Clark

CIA field agent. Clancy Books. Without Remorse. Rainbow Six. Hunt for the Red October.

11) Valentine Michael Smith

Stranger in a Strange Land.

12) Luca Brazzi

Don't know

13) Clyde Griffiths

Don't know

14) Isherwood Williams

Earth Abides. Came back from a camping trip or something, plague had hit and everyone gone.

15) Lucy Westenra

Dracula. Van Helsing ended up killing her.

Guess I didn't do too bad. I used to read 5-6 hours a day minimum growing up, hardly have time for it the last few years. Normally I will save up four or five books and end up reading all of them during my vacation.

Posted by: Richard on June 8, 2005 08:46 PM

Damn, should have known Catch 22.

Posted by: Richard on June 8, 2005 08:47 PM

Good list! Let's see what I can do with it...

1) Tarzan - ERB
2) Catch-22 - Heller
3) The Fountainhead - Rand
4) One or more of the "Gor" books, but I can't name each one specifically - been a lot of years...and I have no clue who wrote 'em...
5) Warlord of Mars - ERB
6) David Copperfield - Dickens
7) No clue
8) Lonesome Dove - McMurtry
9) James Bond novels - Ian Fleming
10) No clue
11) Stranger in a Strange Land - RAH
12) The Godfather - Mario Puzo
13) No clue
14) No clue
15) Dracula! - Bram Stoker

Fantastic bunch of books - with the exception of the ones I didn't get, I think I've read every one of 'em. You got good taste in lit, Rob.

Posted by: kelley on June 8, 2005 08:49 PM

I find it hard to believe that Billy Pilgrim, Malachi Constant, and Eliot Rosewater were not among your literary protagani.
"So it goes.."

Posted by: Bob in the hills on June 8, 2005 10:05 PM

Didn't know #4 or #11.

Thanks to you, I knew #14 without hesitation.

Anyhow, 13/15 - not bad for someone with only half a brain, eh?

Posted by: Da Goddess on June 9, 2005 01:25 AM

I got seven on your list, only two on Kelly's list.

I like yours better.

Woodrow Wilson Smith would have been on my list, but I you covered that author with Valentine Michael Smith.

I still feel semi-literate though.

Posted by: StinKerr on June 9, 2005 02:58 AM

Luca Brazzi sleeps with the fishes. So did Big Pussy from the Sopranos.

Posted by: dancusa on June 9, 2005 06:11 AM

Rob - It's a great list but I would have found a way to include Lazarus Long even though you did cover Heinlein with Michael Valentine Smith. Fun stuff, Terry

Posted by: Terry Reynolds on June 9, 2005 07:34 AM

If you can only read one more book in your life, make it The Godfather. The movie missed on Luca Brazi.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on June 9, 2005 08:58 AM

Damn, this is tough.

Greystoke was in Tarzan.

Uriah Heep was one kick ass Rock band in the 70's and named after someone in a Shakespear play.

That's all I know.

Posted by: Ed on June 9, 2005 09:33 AM

I've read all the Gor books several times. Norman was kicking ass the first 9 or so in the series, it ended at 22. He got too much into the knots for slave tie ups and the like. Became very repetious.

Now Rob, if one of the raiding ships landed in your back yard and said they'd take you back to Gor. And there you could take the stabilization serums, get your johnson working and live for 100's of years. Of course, you remember Gor was a testy place, men didn't take any crap off anyone. And you could never come back to earth. Would you go?

Posted by: MM on June 9, 2005 11:16 AM

hmmm, who knew you were into Gor. but what about the Sackett brothers and Conan?

Posted by: Greg on June 9, 2005 01:02 PM

1) Lord Greystoke- Tarzan

2) Yossarian-Catch 22

3) Howard Roarke- FountainHead

4) Tarl Cabot- pulp-sci-fi character

5) John Carter- That guy who got transported to Mars; cheesy but good.

6) Uriah Heep-Oliver Twist or great expectations

7) Hank Morgan- The Connecticut Yankee

8) Lorena Wood- no clue

9) Miss Moneypenny- James Bond novels

10) John Clark- Tom Clancy's novels

11) Valentine Michael Smith - Heinlein, Stranger in a Strangeland, grok it?

12) Luca Brazzi- The Godfather

13) Clyde Griffiths -American Tragedy

14) Isherwood Williams- From Earth Abides

Posted by: eric on June 9, 2005 03:01 PM

HA! Eric, you knew Clyde Griffiths because I gave you that answer on the ohone last night.


Posted by: Acidman on June 9, 2005 04:27 PM

Stinkerr and Terry - Lazarus Long/Woodrow Wilson Smith...a great character. Time Enough For Love is one of my very favorite books.

Earth Abides sounds good - I do like scifi. I'll have to head over to my neighborhood used book store and see if they have it.

Posted by: Trish on June 9, 2005 04:51 PM

"Tarl Cabot"? Are you 'effen serious? The Gore books are nothing but mysoginist soft-core porn. Not that there's anythign wrong with that, but it's poorly written mysoginist soft-core porn.

And VMS is a but of a cypher, don't you think? LL was a more fleshed out character. Which isn't a surprise, since he's based on the author, a fascinating character himself.

Posted by: Bill Dennis on June 9, 2005 08:33 PM

It's Howard ROARK, no "e." Sheesh--I don't mind the minor miscue from Rob, but how could so many people repeat it?

It was a fantastic examination of the evils of collectivism, but not as moving as "We the Living," which had better material upon which to draw (Russia right after the scum sucking commie cunts had taken power). One of my greatest regrets in life is that I never got to kill a communist.

Posted by: Chris on June 9, 2005 11:25 PM

you forgot Montana Wildhack

Posted by: lg on June 10, 2005 12:43 AM

Wrong pal. The Gor books celebrated women(and men) with no pussified PC garbage. If you think women were hatefully treated on Gor, I know who is wearing the pants in your house.

Posted by: MM on June 10, 2005 04:41 AM

I don't see Thomas Sutpen.

Or Tyrone Slothrop

Posted by: Brett on June 10, 2005 12:46 PM

Rob - Trish is absolutely correct about Woodrow Smith/Lazarus Long being one and the same. I only realised that after I posted and I haven't yet figured out how to retract a post. All the best, Terry (Thanks Trish)

Posted by: Terry Reynolds on June 10, 2005 04:50 PM
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