Friday, July 23, 2010
Top Ten Picks-- Favorite Male Literary Characters
Once again Jillian of Random Ramblings made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Each week, she hosts a meme called Top Ten Picks. Last week, we were asked to list our favorite books made into movies. I couldn't resist that one either.
This week she's asking us about our Top Ten Favorite Male Literary Characters. Many regulars here at Casa Kittling know that I don't always follow the rules. Sometimes I just have to color outside the lines.
This week I will have a list of ten, and all on that list will be male, and all will be literary characters... but they will all be my favorite male crime fiction characters. See? I just have to be different!
Let's see who made the grade (in alphabetical order so none of them get irked with me)....
Jonathan Argyll is one of those endearing, slightly bumbling art dealers who gets to travel the world trying to make the Big Sale whilst solving mysteries, but he's more often found with smart and sexy Flavia di Stefano of the Art Theft Squad in Rome, Italy. He's also got a very wry sense of humor that can slip past you if you're not paying attention. Sense of humor, works of art, Rome, travel. I'll willingly spend some time with Jonathan!
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David Bengu, AKA Detective Kubu, is a tall, rotund black detective in Botswana. Although his nickname means "hippopotamus", it doesn't merely refer to his size. Just like a real hippo, Detective Kubu can be deceptive and deadly.
I would love to have him show me his beloved country, and I would also love to meet his family that he loves so much. Watching him solve a mystery? Icing on the cake!
Former Vietnam tunnel rat, Harry Bosch, is just the detective you want solving your case in the mean streets of Los Angeles. I've been with him since he first appeared on the scene in 1992.
Harry is singlehandedly responsible for reinforcing this one very important thought in my brain:
We all count, or none of us counts.
Former cattle brand inspector, Gabriel Du Pré, plays the meanest fiddle in all of crime fiction. I'd be more than willing to hang out at the Toussaint Saloon just to hear him play. And if he had a really good seat belt on the passenger side of his old police cruiser, I'd even be willing to saddle up and ride with him on an investigation. Especially if I got to meet Bart, Benetsee and the rest of the gang. Oops. You know I wouldn't forget you, Madelaine. Honest!
There's no way on earth I'd miss out on an opportunity to visit Three Pines in Ontario, Canada-- especially if Armand Gamache were there to solve a mystery.
Gamache is, without doubt, one of the kindest and wisest of men... on any police force.
And while I'm on my literary road trip visiting all my favorite guys, if I missed a chance to swing through Absaroka County, Wyoming to see Sheriff Walt Longmire, I'd need to get my head examined. If it was winter, I'd just sit and listen to him spin yarns. And of course I'd insist on scratching Dog's ears and shaking the Cheyenne Nation's hand. I don't know if I'd want to meet Vic. She's been rather grumpy lately, and I wouldn't want to say the wrong thing and set her off.
When I wasn't out and about meeting the other guys, I could always stop in at the office of Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff David Mapstone here in Phoenix. I'd hope he would be working on a cold case involving lots of Phoenix history.
Logan McRae feels like a brother. He has the same sorts of people to work with and the same sorts of work days that I've been known to have. He also has the same dark and twisted sense of humor that I do, so I'm sure that we could tell each other our favorite war stories and crack each other up. We could also work together to pull some tricks on DI Steele.
I'm not about to pass up the chance to go to Sicily to visit Salvo Montalbano, one of my favorite curmudgeons. He and I both tend to be grumpy in the morning, and neither one of us likes idiots.
And of course he'd have to take me to all his favorite beaches and restaurants.
A list like this would not be complete without the seventy-something National Coroner of Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun. This slender old man is a master of dealing with bureaucrats, and he's got two of the best assistants in crime fiction: Nurse Dtui and Mr. Geung. He's been known to crack some mighty fine jokes, too.
As I take another look at my top ten favorite male literary characters, I couldn't be more pleased. Yes, I could've stayed in the main channel of the river and talked about Darcy or Rhett Butler or Mr. Rochester and all the rest, but I much prefer this different channel. I've read many chapters in each of these men's lives, and they seem like family to me now. Including them on a special list is like cooking a feast and inviting them all to take a seat at the table.
Now it's time for me to take a look at everyone else's lists. I can't wait!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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