Tough Travels – Flying Rides


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 FLYING RIDES

Because honestly?  Horses just got boring.  (Thanks to author Anne Leonard for the suggestion).

I have never been more proud of one of my topic blurbs to be perfectly honest.  Let us see what I can come up with this week.

Edit: Not sure what happened to the link up this morning but it is working now!

Magic Carpets!

DeadfallGuant and Bone by Chris Willrich – Hi there! I know what you are thinking, Magic Carpets! SO COOL. And you are thinking that cool rug from Aladdin who acts like a loyal pet. And now you are looking up gifs of said magic carpet and not paying any attention to me. I know it is so damn cute! It’s OK. I will wait.

You back? Great. Because this is not that carpet. This is the carpet with a homicidal personality that has no issue rolling up a person tightly until all the air is gone. Not quite as cute is it? But he is perversely loyal in his own way. And damn it, he is trying to be a better person carpet.   And he flies and people ride him. Therefore I win Tough Travels again. (It is good to be the sole arbiter of such things, ya know?). This series also involved a few balloons so it could have made the list several ways.

Non sentient magic carpet Jingo by Terry Pratchett – Since we are already on the subject of magical carpets I may as well mention one that didn’t get much screen time but provided one good joke. And yes I shall give away the punchline without providing the set up because I suck like that. Remember, always make sure your magic carpet is right side up.


All the (Dragons in the) Weyrs of PernPern by Anne McCaffrey – The single example that should be on every single list this week. The series that got me into speculative fiction, and it is completely filled with people riding dragons. There is not much else to say about this really…

Temeraire His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik- Oh ya, there is another series that is known for riding dragons. But instead of one person per dragon the fighting ships that Temeraire represents act like a battleship, complete with a full crew. Also likey to show on a lot of lists this week, I am getting to be something of a prophet.


GyrocoptersWarcraft – Gnomish flying machines first seen in Warcraft 2 I believe. And I wanted to add them so I did.

Join us next week as we look at NEW BEGINNINGS

A new leaf, a new life, a complete change of pace for a character in fantasyland is how most stories start.  Bad people get a second chance, farm kids leave the farm, or a soldier gets a new post.  From there adventure awaits!

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.  For a list of upcoming topics just keep heading back to this post.

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

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