Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is TOWERS
TOWERS stand along in waster areas and almost always belong to Wizards. All are several storeys high, round, doorless, virtually windowless, and composed of smooth blocks of masonry that make them very hard to climb.
Damn, another easy week. I tried to leave out the most obvious towers I could think off and still could have kept this going all night. In the interest of time I decided to stop. Enjoy.
The Tower –All Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle –Seriously people, how many times to I need to force this book down everyone’s throat on this blog until at least one of you read it? It is wonderful, quirky, and different; everything people say they are looking for. It has a talking cactus but isn’t silly! Know how hard that is to pull off? Read my review and then read the book. Please.
Oh ya, there is a tower in it and it’s kinda central to the entire plot. Its shadow is pissing off the head cheese and needs to be moved. See?
Ministry of Truth– 1984 by George Orwell – Big, white, and very hard to miss. Most evil towers are black and twisted in fantasy, but in dystopia they must be squeaky clean in order to be perfectly terrifying. Nothing out of place and all that.
The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic – I can’t remember what the tower is called or the name of the king building it; to tell the truth I don’t care. What made this tower stand out from the pack was the fact that it is still under construction when we see it. Often these towers are ancient places of power or have unknown origins/supports. But in the Iron Wolves we know what is building it and how it is being funded; and the mad king seems to be going Winchester Mystery House only strait up. Always building, always adding on.
The Tower –A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin – Even UF gets into the act here. Home of our big baddy. Really should get back into this series, I remember enjoying the hell out of it.
Wizard’s Tower– Discworld by Terry Pratchett – Not that one. We all know about that wizard’s tower. In this list we are going to bring up the other one. In The Last Continent. You know that really tiny one? It is almost laughable. Until you climb the small ladder to the top. At which point I hope you are not afraid of heights…
House of the Maker– The First Law by Joe Abercrombie – Ha, got both Abercrombie and Pratchett on the list. Because why the hell not? Plus anything made by The Maker is awesome and it was this or something form The Black Company and I just did something form Cook in a recent list.
At one time it was just a place that would fuck with your mind. But after the last small group left it I would pity the next person to open that door.
Weyrs – Pern by Anne McCaffrey – The streak continues but I couldn’t leave them off. Natural formations this time, reaching the sky with lots of caves and passages. Important because they house friggen dragons.
Join us next week as we look at TURNCOATS
TURNCOATS are people who change to the side of the DARK LORD in mid-tour.
Simple enough, but I have no idea how hard it will be. Seems like it should be easy, but I have been wrong before. I should think any traitor to the cause would work, even if no dark lord is present.
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