Tough Traveling – Monsters

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? MONSTERS MONSTERS are likely to lie in waste areas, caves, and old ruined cities. You can usually detect their presence by smell.   Water Based Monsters in Irenicon by Aidan Harte Beneath the surface of a river that was forced through the city by its foes, lies unnatural creatures that will carry anyone who ventures too close to their death. And just to keep the residents on their toes, keep them from feeling too safe away from the water, occasionally, one breaks free and will walk the streets. They are kind like a water based zombie, drowning anyone who happens to cross its path.       Corelings/Demons…

Foundling by D. M. Cornish
1.5 Star , Reviews / December 27, 2013

There are some books that don’t work for me, but I still appreciate why others enjoy them. Then there are other books that I don’t enjoy that I just can’t grasp why people review them favorably or recommend them. Foundling by D. M. Cornish is unfortunately the latter for me. There’s no secret here. This is one of my least favorite reads of 2013. Actually, most likely it is my least favorite. But, this was a book club read, so I persevered and read it through to the end.  My reward for doing so was being able to set it down and never read it again. Here’s a short blurb for the book: Meet Rossamünd–a foundling, a boy with a girl’s name who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor of the Half-Continent. What starts as a simple journey becomes a dangerous and complicated set of battles and decisions. Humans, monsters, unearthly creatures . . . who among these can Rossamünd trust? D. M. Cornish has created an entirely original world, grounded in his own deft, classically influenced illustrations. Foundling is a magic-laced, Dickensian adventure that will transport the reader The blurb actually sounds…