Hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best, Six Degrees of Separation selects a new novel on the first Saturday of each month. That novel is linked to six other books to form a chain, and readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ from the selected book.
This month, we’re starting with Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I have to say that I found this month’s challenge particularly difficult. All of my links seemed to require a lot of thinking through, and I had to backtrack several times
Where the Wild Things Are is a much-loved tale by Maurice Sendak, and features young Max, who, having been sent to bed with no supper, goes to an island inhabited by wild things!
Another novel featuring an island of wild things is The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells. Adrift in the pacific, our protagonist Edward is rescued by a vessel carrying a menagerie of creatures. Edward soon finds himself stranded on an island with the sinister Doctor Moreau and his experiments in vivisection.
This next step at least was straightforward, and I’ve jumped from one man playing god to another in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In this classic novel, the young Victor Frankenstein seeks to create life through galvanism, with horrific consequences.
Frankenstein’s monster has inspired various works of fiction across books, films, and TV, and my next link takes us to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. There are several novels in this series, some of which feature an Igor (there are many Igors on the Disc!), including The Fifth Elephant. Pratchett’s Igors were traditionally servants, but are later seen more widely as their skills as surgeons are unparalleled.
Keeping with the elephant theme, José Saramago’s The Elephant’s Journey is based upon a true story, and is a mix of fact, fantasy and fable in which Solomon, an elephant in Lisbon, must journey to Vienna, crossing the Alps along the way.
From one long journey with an animal, I’ve headed to America and Carrying Albert Home. This is a fantastic novel in which Homer Hickam (senior) gives his wife, Else, an ultimatum – it’s him or her pet alligator, Albert. Else chooses Homer, but on the condition that they take Albert home, initiating a road trip from West Virginia to Florida.
Keeping with the Florida setting, my last link takes us to Miami where Dexter Morgan works as a blood splatter analyst. I love this series, both the books and the TV adaptation, which starts with Darkly Dreaming Dexter.
So there you have it, from Where the Wild Things Are to Darkly Dreaming Dexter in six steps. Let me know if you’ve had a go at this – I’d love to know where your links take you 🙂