Started by Fantasy Review Barn, now run by Fantasy Faction. Tough Traveling is back my friends! Yes, the best fantasy specific meme around is finally up and running again. So join us every week as we tour the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. For a history of what came before check the tag above.
This weeks topic (fittingly enough) is BEGINNINGS:
There is an official intro do this topic but I ignored and decided to focus on the beginnings to several of my favorite series instead. I will play by the rules next time, I swear.
Discworld by Terry Pratchett – A small group watch a town on fire. Small wagers are made on what exactly caused an explosion. No one is in danger, there is no desperate escape needed. As beginnings go it isn’t the most exciting but it obviously left an impression on me. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld has been my favorite series for so long at times I forget how simple the beginning was. Just two men, chatting about a disaster they are outside of, watching the now infamous Rincewind and Twoflower show up.
The humorous thing is for a great many readers this ISN’T the beginning they read. Because the more common advise is to start somewhere else in this wonderful series. And it is hard to disagree; The Color of Magic is unlike anything else in the series and in reality one could grab any Discworld book and use it as a starting point (I have even come to the conclusion that Night Watch is a perfectly fine first book for a curious reader).
But there is a real starting point to this series. And I am a seemingly rare reader who actually started there. So for me my greatest reading pleasure will always be tied to a city on fire.
Faith by John Love – A long, slow ride in a slow carriage takes a madman to the ship he is in charge of. The technology exists to get him them quicker by the captain insists on his pomp. A murderous crowd has to be kept back. And the end journey will put the man on a ship that represents the only hope against an alien ship known as Faith that once passed through the system and left devastation in its wake. So why was the man so insistent on this ride? And why did the author take almost the entire first third of the book pursuing this strange ride and the rather mundane conversations happening within the carriage?
Read Faith. I can’t promise you will love it but I can promise you have never read a book like it.
Generation V by M.L. Brennan – I can’t really remember how the book started. I know I laughed at both the covers and the name of the first book and like way too many others ignored the series for way too long. But eventually I got around to reading it and the first meeting between protagonist Fortitude Scott and the kitsune Suzume is a beginning I can get behind. A mischievous woman saving the protagonists life is cool enough, her smirking and making light of the situation makes it even better. A series I need to reread in a hurry. In fact, I got nothing else on my plate at the moment….
The Dark Company by Glen Cook – The series starts with a were-leopard coming out of a sealed cave and reaping havoc and immediately moves on to the company joining forces with the best cast of villains ever assembled on page. Details are hazy in my mind after so many years but this was a series I had read two books of before even realizing I was hooked. And The Limper is awesome.
Ok, that is all I have this month. And… Oh wow. That is all. Laura is doing all the hard work now! I don’t have to tell you what comes next month or provide link ups or anything. It is all up to you Laura! Everyone please head over to Fantasy Faction. And once again Laura, THANK YOU for bringing back this old labor of love. And bugging me to be involved multiple times =)