Tough Traveling – Non-Human Protagonists

Tough Traveling is back! Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the original mastermind of Tough Traveling. And Laura is reviving it as a monthly feature over at Fantasy Faction. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, on the first of the month where we dig around to come up with examples of that month’s chosen trope in fantasy. We are using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. There will be link ups available over at Fantasy Faction, so join in and link up. So let the fun begin … This month’s theme?  Non-Human Protagonists I didn’t feel like I read all that many books with non-human protagonists, so most of mine are ones that may look human, but are some undead version, like vampires, or zombies, or even immortal gods. Also, aftwards I noticed the theme was supposed to be heroes… well, hopefully these can qualify in some way. I could probably make a case for most, though the demon from The Devil You Know would be the hardest. Ah well …. here it is. My list of non-human whatevers. Atl from Certain Dark Things by Silivia Moreno-Garcia Atl may look human, but she is anything but. Living in a vampire-free zone,…

Tough Traveling – ASSASSINS

Tough Traveling is back! Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the original mastermind of Tough Traveling. And Laura is reviving it as a monthly feature over at Fantasy Faction. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, on the first of the month where we dig around to come up with examples of that month’s chosen trope in fantasy. We are using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. There will be link ups available over at Fantasy Faction, so join in and link up. So let the fun begin … This month’s theme?  ASSASSINS Assassins are ubiquitous throughout fantasyland. Sharp-eyed readers (or even dull-eyed ones) will notice that their hooded forms often adorn book covers, and that they frequently appear – rather improbably – not to mind being the sole focus of our attention. Whether they’re spotlight hogs or camera-shy and brooding, most assassins will have trained for years and are very, VERY good at their job (i.e. killing people for money). Pyrre from Skullsworn by Brian Staveley The entire Skullsworn book is about Pyrre going through her trial to become a priestess for the God of Death. They see assassination as merely a way of passing someone over to their god, it…

Tough Traveling – Beginnings

Tough Traveling is back! Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the original mastermind of Tough Traveling. And Laura is reviving it as a monthly feature over at Fantasy Faction. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, on the first of the month where we dig around to come up with examples of that month’s chosen trope in fantasy. We are using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. There will be link ups available over at Fantasy Faction, so join in and link up. This weeks theme?  BEGINNINGS   The Tough Guide states that you will begin in rather poor circumstances in an unimportant corner of the continent; a kitchen menial, perhaps, or a blacksmith’s apprentice. From there, the Guide advises that ‘you will be contacted by your TOUR MENTOR (normally an elderly male MAGIC USER with much experience) who will tell you what to do, which is almost certainly to discover you are a MISSING HEIR.’   Oh, what an appropriate theme for Tough Traveling 2.0. I have to confess that for my list, I went with the most memorable, powerful or even perplexing beginnings. Something that grabs you quick. I found a good number of these matched that blurb from…

Tough Traveling – Forbidden Love

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme?  FORBIDDEN LOVE Even in Fantasyland parents are not always happy with their children’s choice of partners.               Alana and Marko from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan  It’s not just parents that are upset with this particular romance. It’s entire worlds. Alana and Marko are on the run for their lives, all because they are from warring races/planets. They risk everything for their love and their daughter. And they are fierce. You really don’t want to get in their way.   Any Couple or Parent/Child pair from The Just City by Jo Walton The Just City tries to employ any number of tactics…

Tough Traveling – Flying Rides

  Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? FLYING RIDES Because honestly? Horses just got boring. (Thanks to author Anne Leonard for the suggestion). I was tempted to include science fiction, because well, spaceships! But, I decided to limit myself to fantasy and see what I could come up with 🙂 But I did include steampunk, which, well might be kind of science fiction. But whatever, here’s my list! Kettral from Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley What kind of ride would you give a highly trained team of warriors? A kettral. This huge bird type creature can carry your team, travels fast, and can get to the most inhospitable territories. And added bonus? This thing can…

Tough Traveling – Otherworldly Creatures (Tentacles preferred)

  Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme?  Otherworldly Creatures (Tentacles preferred) Just for Tiara, this topic explains itself. Creatures not of our world or even our plain of existence, perhaps living in another dimension. Preferably, though not required, with tentacles. Or really anything with tentacles can be considered weird enough to be otherworldly.   I kinda feel like I should be flogged, and probably eight times, for my inability to come up with a single creature with tentacles. Major fail on my part. I right away thought of Kraken, but I haven’t actually read it! 🙂 So, here is my un-preferred, tentacle-less list of Otherworldly creatures 🙂 Well, I take that back. I actually…

Tough Traveling – Fathers

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? FATHERS Comes in two types in fantasyland. Either a semi-mystical figure proving impossible to live up to or the overbearing type who doesn’t understand why his daughter doesn’t accept the traditional princess role. He may be tough to get along with but usually does think he has his kids interests in mind.   I had one father I *really* wanted to include, but I felt like it was super-spoilery, so I didn’t 🙁  But here’s the others: Father Chains from The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch He may not be the actual father of this group, but he is rather like an adoptive father. I mean, the word…

Tough Traveling – People on Boats

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? PEOPLE ON BOATS Grab a map of Fantasyland and you are sure to see there is water. Of course not everything important is going to happen on land, right? Sometimes people actually have to get on a boat and hit the water. Where, being fantasyland, anything can happen.     Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb This one has to top my list, because not only are the people on the ships characters, the Liveships are actually sentient and are characters as well. (side note, there are also pirates, lots of fun on the water in this series!) The magic of the liveships is fascinating. Pretty much, they are…

Tough Traveling – Orphans

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? ORPHANS No one in Fantasyland amounts to anything if they still have both parents. Rule number one. Thanks to Stephanie for the suggestion (and let us all be surprised together that it isn’t in the Tough Guide). OK, since this is such an easy week I decided to give myself another criteria. I am shunning the boys such as Fitz, Kvothe, Locke and Harry Potter in favor for all the girl orphans out there! They are just as important and just as parentless, so here it goes:   Karen from Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear  Karen may have grown up as an orphan, but she didn’t let that hold…

Tough Traveling – MOMS

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme?  MOMS Everyone has a mother. Including people in fantasyland. Just in time to be slightly early for Mother’s Day.   OK, I’m expanding “Fantasyland” to include “SciFiLand” as well. Because they are all awesome! And while I have a couple of ASoIaF entries, I’ll be good and not include Melisandre. I’m also not including Catelyn Stark, just because I have only have so much time, so I maybe picked my favorites 🙂   Alana from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan  Alana deserves some major Mother’s Day love. On the run, she manages to still be completely bad ass after having her daughter, and her daughter doesn’t disappear into…