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TIME The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
We know them better than we know our friends: brilliant Sherlock Holmes; stingy Ebenezer Scrooge; the idealistic Don Quixote; the obsessed Captain Ahab. Hamlet is indecisive and world-weary; Romeo and Juliet are young, lusty and impulsive; Indiana Jones is dashing, learned and courageous.

We speak of men with Oedipus Complexes or Peter Pan Syndromes. We know women who drea
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Time
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If it weren't for characters like Sherlock Holmes, Santa Claus, Robin Hood, Lucy Ricardo, Falstaff, Norman Bates, King Lear, Jekyll & Hyde, Nancy Drew, Dracula and Wonder Woman, our lives would be immeasurably duller. This fascinating Time Home Entertainment release provides brief biographies/tributes to 100 characters from TV, films, literature, video games, etc. who have enriched our lives in one way or another. You can read it from cover to cover or just jump in at a random page and enjoy ...more
Oct 13, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
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NOTE: Not the hardcover Collectors' Edition but the softback/paperback/magazine edition.

Okay, the title pretty much tells you what the book is about, but like all books of lists the main point of interest is just as much who is left out as is who is included.

For example, we have the villain of the (original) Star Wars films, Darth Vader, but none of the heroes: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Princess Leia. Isn't Luk
Mar 05, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing

This book would make a great coffee table book. As you flip through the pages you will see stuff from your childhood as well as your children's. It talks about television shows as well as books. Even your twenty-something children would enjoy this book. It is a great conversation starter or buy it as a gift to encourage someone to read. It will be a hit.
Oct 02, 2014 Eileen rated it liked it
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We are reading this for book club. Some of the topics were too familiar and the writing style was too fluffy. I wanted to learn more facts about the cultural aspects we are exposed to with imaginary characters. Our members are creating a trivia game so that should be fun!
Apr 24, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
I think this magazine is really nice because it talks about so many different sorts of people/cartoon characters that are non-real but influenced us greatly. You really should read it!
Apr 15, 2015 Brassy rated it liked it
I love the idea of this book and really enjoyed reading it. I just wish there was more substance and less fluff.
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Jan 30, 2014 Arthur Cravan rated it liked it
It was enjoyable. I particularly liked their entry on Homer Simpson.
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Dec 31, 2013 Anna Rose rated it it was amazing
This book was thoroughly enjoyable! It lists some of the best and most famous fictional characters. I recommend it to all book lovers.
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