Multcolib Picks: Villains have feelings too

Fallen Founder
Fallen Founder The Life of Aaron Burr By Isenberg, Nancy Book - 2008 B-B968i 2008

Annotation:Aaron Burr is mostly remembered as the man who shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel. However, though he's been stricken from the pantheon of the Founding Fathers, Burr influenced our burgeoning nation in innumerable ways.

Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West : A Novel By Maguire, Gregory Book - 1995 FICTION MAGUIRE Available in some locations

Annotation:Her sister gets killed and, before she can even start grieving, the magic slippers which are rightfully hers, are given to the murderer. How is it fair that the Wicked Witch of the West is the one who got the bad rap?

The Borgias
The Borgias Season One DVD - 2011 DVD Drama BORGIAS1 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:Along with the Medicis, the Borgias are inextricably linked with the most corrupt time in Italian history. Sex, murder, intrigue and naked ambition were par for the course. But in treacherous times, only the strong survive.

I, Iago
I, Iago By Galland, Nicole Book - 2012 FICTION GALLAND 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Shakespeare created one of literature's most inscrutable villains in Iago. This villian never explains his actions, nor does he ever show remorse. In I, Iago, Galland offers a glimpse into the mind of this enigmatic fiend.

Fallen By Maine, David Book - 2005 FICTION MAINE Available in some locations

Annotation:After committing fratricide and the first murder in Judeo-Christian history, Cain is left to wander the earth shunned by all. This novel, told in reverse chronology, shows Cain dealing with the aftermath of that act as well as the events leading up to it.

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus
Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus By Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Book - 2008 FICTION SHELLEY 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Most people are familiar with Frankenstein's monster as he is portrayed in the movies. The original, however, portrays the monster as a highly intelligent creature who is driven to revenge by the ignorant and fearful masses. Part horror story, part cutting social criticism, this classic tale leaves the reader sympathizing with the thing they most fear.

Grendel By Gardner, John Book - 1989 FICTION GARDNER 1989 Available in some locations

Annotation:Beowulf is the earliest recorded piece of Western Literature. Even this early story has a villain who has his own motivations for acting as he does.

The Bounty
The Bounty The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty By Alexander, Caroline Book - 2004 996.18 A375b 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sure, everyone looks like a villain when cast against a handsome young Marlon Brando. But this thoroughly researched book uncovers that much of the villainy surrounding Captain Bligh was a fabrication of the crew members trying to avoid the gallows.

Medea A Delphic Woman Novel By Greenwood, Kerry Book - 2013 MYSTERY GREENWOOD 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Did you know that Euripides was paid by the city of Corinth to write his version of this myth with Medea murdering her children? This modern interpretation is closer to the original.

Darth Vader and Son
Darth Vader and Son By Brown, Jeffrey Book - 2012 GN BROWN 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:This playful graphic novel reminds us that before Darth Vader was the Dark Lord of the Sith, he was just a single dad with a precocious young son.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold
The Notorious Benedict Arnold A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery By Sheinkin, Steve Book - 2010 j B-A75s 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The name Benedict Arnold is synonymous with back-stabbing and treachery. But before Arnold was a notorious traitor, he was a fierce patriot and a war hero trusted by General Washington himself. What could make such a man turn?

Gertrude and Claudius
Gertrude and Claudius A Novel By Updike, John Book - 2012 FICTION UPDIKE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Shakespeare's Hamlet opens in the middle of the action. Relationships have already become complicated and emotions are running high. John Updike tackles the question of how this situation arose and why Hamlet the younger should have just left well enough alone.

The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon By Bradley, Marion Zimmer Book - 2000 FICTION BRADLEY 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:There's two sides to every story and this modern classic tells the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the sorceress Morgana.

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Do you think you know what makes villains tick? Do they do evil just because they're bad? These books take a look inside bad guys, real and fictional, and will make you rethink those stories you thought you knew. - Keli Y.