Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Interesting Villains
Top 5 Tuesday / August 14, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme: Top 5 villains more interesting than the hero I am modifying this one a bit to be Top 5 Interesting Villains, because I think if the villain truly upstages the hero, the book likely has some issues. (For the record, I loved all the books in this list, and I enjoyed the heroes as well as the villains. I also think this is a tricky one, because often the “villain” becomes more interesting when you get their perspective, or more information about them. And with that information comes understanding which blurs the lines between good and bad. Maybe they don’t come across as a hero, but they may not seem as clearly a villain either. Jaime Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin When A Song of Ice and Fire begins with Game of Thrones, Jaime is easily one of the most despised characters. He is horrible and selfish and has little appeal to the reader. But then as the series progresses, Martin manages to somehow flip the readers…

Tough Traveling – Quest Objects

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? QUEST OBJECTS QUEST OBJECTS can be various, but are quite strictly defined by the Rules. They are: 1. Material Objects. Cups, jewels, orbs, rings, scepters, stones, and swords. 2. Places. Hidden Kingdomes, islands, old ruined cities, stones, temples, valleys and fountains. 3. Persons. Apprentices, hardship, princes. 4. Knowledge. Usually for birthright or magic or both. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I don’t care if this is Science Fiction, it is like the ultimate Quest, one that every person alive has dreamed of winning. Within the virtual playground called the OASIS a lottery ticket of sorts is hidden, just waiting for a determined gamer to find their way there….