Tough Travels – People on Boats


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.

This week’s topic is PEOPLE ON BOATS

Grab a map of Fantasyland and you are sure to see there is water.  Of course not everything important is going to happen on land, right?  Sometimes people actually have to get on a boat and hit the water.  Where, being fantasyland, anything can happen.

Were I to make a list this week I promise it would have been wonderful.  The obvious choice would have been Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.  I also would have picked Hawkwood’s Voyage by Kearney, thrown in a little Jingo for my Pratchett reference, and skimmed like mad to see if I really did remember some time on a boat when reading Cold Fire by Kate Elliott.

I might also, had I made a list, wondered a bit about the strange coincidence that both Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercombie set their current series in post apocalyptic settings that featured a lot of travel on boats.  Kinda cool.

I would have tossed out the YA portal fantasy Steel by Carrie Vaughn for a bit of local flavor to wrap it all up, though a bit of Rime of the Ancient Mariner or perhaps Beowulf could have finished it up (despite that fact that I have only read excerpts of the last two).

But I didn’t do a list this week.  Instead rejoice in the fact that I have finally got a list of the topics for the rest of the year ready to post next week.  Which will make everyone’s life a bit easier.

Join us next week as we look at FATHERS

Comes in two types in fantasyland.  Either a semi-mystical figure proving impossible to live up to or the overbearing type who doesn’t understand why his daughter doesn’t accept the traditional princess role.  He may be tough to get along with but usually does think he has his kids interests in mind.

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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