Tough Traveling – Holidays

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? HOLIDAYS Never too late to celebrate … holidays! Because fantasy festivals and feasts are always fun.  Thanks to Wendy for the suggestion!  And feel free to blame her if this proves to be as hard as it sounds.   Winterfest from Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb Ah yes, guests, traveling minstrels, puppeteers, tumblers, tinkers all get to converge to this feast of a holiday. And what better way to start a book than a holiday full of traveling strangers? How about including a murder plot? OK, murder is not technically a Winterfest tradition, but it certainly sets up a great atmosphere for it!   Genitalia Festival from Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie…

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
5 Stars , Reviews / December 1, 2014

It may not be Friday, but I couldn’t think of a better way to start December than a Flashback Friday review of NOS4A2. Since I’m impatient it’s going up on a Monday. Imagine a bridge that could magically take you to where you need to be, even when you don’t even know where that is. Imagine being a young girl with the freedom to ride her bike and wind up wherever. Imagine the reality for this girl, wondering if these things happened as she remembered or if she is losing her mind. Hill’s strength in writing is in his characters, in his ability to draw emotions from the reader and his ability to create atmosphere. I suppose that’s multiple strengths, but the sum of them creates powerful and memorable books. This book is a twisted ride to Christmasland. The question is, is it truly the Christmasland of boys and girls dreams and ideals? Or is it some mangled and deranged version? Or, is it even real, or is it just a product of a delusional madman with a 1938 Roles Royce Wraith who enjoys luring children away by playing on their innocent dreams? In NOS4A2, we are introduced to Vic McQueen,…