Thursday 13: Aloysius Who?

Happy Thursday, friends! I recently discovered a new reason to be excited about this particular day, a weekly meme called Thursday Thirteen. Each week you blog a list of thirteen items – – any items – – of your choice. Imagine! So many topics, so many possibilities! For my first Thursday 13, I thought I’d start with a subject everyone can easily relate to, thirteen favorite male literary characters. Yes, male, because I’m dividing them in two weekly sessions.

So, here’s my list of my thirteen in no particular order (er, except for number one.  No question that Aloysius Xingu L. Pendergast holds the top spot in my heart):

1.       Aloysius Xingu L. Pendergast

First introduced as a supporting character in RELIC, a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, FBI Special Agent Pendergast became a leading character who has appeared in eleven successive novels with a twelfth scheduled to release before the year is out. If you don’t know who this guy is I highly recommend checking him out.  No other character even comes close! I’m beyond in love with this man, I’m besotted (and he isn’t even a romance hero)!

And now for the remaining twelve delicious male characters in no particular order:

2.     Caleb Hawkins
        Sign of Seven Trilogy by Nora Roberts
3.     Louis Kincaid 
        Louis Kincaid Mystery series by P. J. Parrish
4.     Phillip Quinn  
Chesapeake Bay Saga by Nora Roberts
5.     Sir Francis Crawford of Lymond
        The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
6.     James (Gem) Carstairs
        The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
7.     King Arthur
        The Once and Future King by T.H. White   
        Also of legend
8.     Robin of Locksley (Robin Hood) 
        Various legends
9.     Jace Wayland
        The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
10.   Elric of Melnibone
        The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
11.   Gerald Tarrant 
        The Coldfire Trilogy by C. S. Friedman
12.   Menion Leah
        Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
13.   Captain Francis Crozier
        The Terror by Dan Simmons
        Fictionalized account of Sir John Franklin’s attempt to find the Northwest
        Passage in 1845. Captain Francis Crozier was captain of the HMS Terror.
        This novel presently ranks as my favorite of all time! 🙂

So there you have my 13 favorite male characters from literature. I could have easily added a few more without much thought.  Who are yours? You don’t need to list thirteen (although I’d be happy to entertain that many if you’d like to elaborate) but I’d love to know a few. Do share. Inquiring minds (that would be me) want to know!

And check back next Thursday for my thirteen favorite female characters, followed by more Thursday Thirteens each week. I think this could turn out to be a fun meme that I hope you’ll frequent now and again! 🙂