Tough Travels- Unique Flora

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Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

Join us next week as we look at UNIQUE FLORA

Self-explanatory. If you know of a plant that is either not on earth, or doesn’t act the same way in fantasyland as it does on earth, then you can consider it unique. Have fun.

Be honest, was it too hard this week? We had a small twitter conversation in which I was asked to think of something else. But being stubborn (and already having a handful of ideas) I went with the topic anyway.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Mandrake RootsHarry Potter – Very useful plants for Restorative potions. Scream like they are being murdered when you take them from their soil bed, causing harm and possible death (I cant remember if they can cause death or not to be honest).

Funny that, ‘scream like they are being murdered.’ Because they appear to be little humanoids with grass for hair. When we jerk them out of the ground by the foliage are we ripping them up by the hair in order to eventually kill them? Are they in fact sentient? I feel we are missing some very important answers when it comes to the nature of Mandrake.

Killer TumbleweedsDusk by Tim Lebbon- Large, semi intelligent, carnivorous tumbleweeds that roam the country side. Expect lots of barbs and other nasty things. Then realize all the places on a tumbleweed where a barb could be placed.

Getting caught in the grasp of one of these nasty things is not a good way to go, and quite possibly even worse to watch. A caged one that is let out on an un-expecting town early on causes quite a panic even around armed guards. Nasty things.

Everything –The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley – Hurley’s epic fanatasy has almost The Mirror Empireeverything I want. Gritty world with nasty doings transpiring. A willingness to explore unexpected places. No fear when it comes to exploring social issues of today in a world of unknown time frame.

But honestly what really pulled me in, before I knew what the book would really be about, was the promise of a world full of flora looking to make warm blooded creatures into lunch. Roaming forests, caverns large scale fly trap like things, nothing is safe. I could use a glossary just of the various plants in the world. And I would read it. Cover to cover.

Deadly RoseMiserere by Teresa Frohock – Never mind, I can’t remember what the rose was called. I will save this one for Bibliosanctum.

The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga, #6)Kitten TreesThe Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold – Talk about excess. The Vor are obsessed with perfection; beauty and power and complete control. Ivan just couldn’t ignore the try though. Full of meowing flowers with adorable little faces. Free just one however was enough to break my heart early on in this book.

Don’t splice kittens with trees. Even if we get the technology can we just say no to this possibility?

Audrey 2Little House of Horrors – “Does it have to be human? Does it have to be MINE?” “FEED ME!”

Ya, a little bit of musical knowledge just got dropped there. Sci-fi and stage musicals, a cross-geeking if you will.

Join us next week as we look at AWESOME DISPLAYS OF MAGIC

Sometimes magic can be subtle. Who wants that? Big explosions or acts of creation, death and destruction or acts of awe inspiring wonder. If your world has magic then why not show it off?

If you have a topic you want to see us cover, or if you have an entry for next week’s post but don’t have your own blog to put it on, please head over to the main Tough Traveling page and fill out the form at the bottom.

As always thanks for joining, feel free to join along at any time, and please check out my fellow travelers!

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