Tough Traveling – Shapeshifting

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? SHAPESHIFTING SHAPESHIFTING is frequent among both WERES and MAGIC USERS. The usual form taken is that of a WOLF, but lions, eagles, serpents, owls, and cats are common too. In all cases the rule is that the shapeshifter cannon stay too long in animal form without actually becoming that animal.   Shapeshifters in The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones Original/Natural Form: Looks human (but is actually not quite human, longer lifespan, ability to shift, etc) Shifted Form: Still looks human, but can take the appearance of other people This shifting isn’t so much to animals, but changing physical appearance so they can essentially look like a copy…

Locke and Key – Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill (My foray into the graphic novel)
4 Stars , Reviews / September 16, 2013

  Earlier this year I read Horns. It was the first book I had read by Joe Hill, and I have to admit, I was truly impressed. I would imagine it would be hard to break out from the shadow of a father such as Stephen King, and there is always the slight feeling that perhaps  the praise for his books was won in some effect because of who his father is. Well, all it takes to dismiss any notions of that is to read his work. Horns was phenomenal. And then later in the year I read NOS4R2, another truly amazing story. Needless to say, Joe Hill is now on my “must read” list. That said, I always assumed my “must read” list would only be composed of novels. So when Locke and Key was recommended to me the first time, I sort of shrugged and thought, ‘maybe’. I’ve never read a graphic novel in my life and didn’t quite see myself starting now. Well, after a couple more times of having it people recommend it based on how much I enjoyed his books, I decided ‘Why not?‘ Still not feeling fully invested, I managed to get a hold of…