Booking Through Thursday

This week’s question is suggested by (blogless) JMutford:

Sometimes I find eccentric characters quirky and fun, other times I find them too unbelievable and annoying. What are some of the more outrageous characters you’ve read, and how do you feel about them?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. Generally speaking, I like non-boring characters (and I think lot of other people like them too :)) and quirky characters tend to be more interesting ones. As long as a quirky character is likable I tend to like them.

I agree with some other answereres that Sherlock Holmes is quirky but he’s not always likable. I also think that Steven Brust’s assassin-sorcerer Vlad Taltos and his familiar Loiosh are quirky and fun. Most of the Dragaeran characters in his books are also quirky: proud, quick to take offence, and powerful.

Gaiman’s Sandman characters are also quite quirky; especially the Endless Despair, Desire, and Delirium.

I’d also call Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan to be a quirky and very fun character to read about. Zelazny’s Sam from the Lord of Light is a con man and quirky.

I’m hoping that the short story collection Coyote Road, which is on my to-read-pile, has lots to quirky characters.