Tough Travel: Holidays

Every Thursday we go tough travelling through the tropes of fantasy with Nathan at the Fantasy Review Barn

This week’s topic is HOLIDAYS (and yes, I struggled with this one)

Never too late to celebrate … holidays! Because fantasy festivals and feasts are always fun.  Thanks to Wendy for the suggestion!  And feel free to blame her if this proves to be as hard as it sounds.

The Lies of Locke Lamora – at the end of the story there is a celebration or feast which involves all the major nobility assembling in one tower, cannot remember and name and as I’ve tidied my bookshelves up I can’t find the book!  Result!!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – don’t know if this counts as a holiday but once a year the living and the dead come together in the cemetery and dance together – the Danse Macabre (I think this is on the eve of Halloween?)

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – in which Cassandra each year performs a ceremony (rites) on Midsummers Eve – involving a fire, herbs and a picnic – again, very loose but….

Sorry folks – I was less than useless at this one – I really tried but clearly the festive season has turned my brain into mush (and that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)



21 Responses to “Tough Travel: Holidays”

  1. Kaja

    Great choice with The Graveyard Book! 🙂 It’s such a gem but I tend to forget the urban fantasies (Is it urban? Or paranormal? I’m never sure about these classifications…) also have their share of interesting tropes!

    • lynnsbooks

      I never know how to classify Neil Gaiman’s books – I do love his work though.
      Lynn 😀

  2. nrlymrtl

    The Graveyard Book is a great choice. The Terre D’Ange cycle by Jacqueline Carey has the Longest Night celebration. Of course there’s plenty of celebrations in Harry Potter too.

    • lynnsbooks

      I actually had Kushiel’s Dart on my list but couldn’t remember the name of the celebration! My memory is terrible! I can’t believe I didn’t have HP on the list either. Fail!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Bob (@beauty_in_ruins)

    I managed a few Terry Pratchett holidays, but that was it – drew a complete blank this week.

    • lynnsbooks

      It was a toughie to be sure – I actually knew some other books that would have celebrations or holidays – I was kind of convinced that Rothfuss and Carey would have something but i couldn’t dislodge the actual memories!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Wendy B

    Well done! I appreciate that no one came after me with pitchforks for this one. But I guess that wouldn’t be very holiday spirity 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Do you know – i think I tried harder on this than any others because I wanted to produce a super long list – especially seeing as it was a blogger suggestion! And, the thing is I knew that Carey and Rothfuss (and Rowling) would have ones – the other problem – I’ve tidied all my books so it’s not as easy to just go and pick it up and flip through to the relevant part of the book.
      Keeping coming up with the suggestions!!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I should read The Graveyard Book someday. 🙂 And I kept thinking there’s probably something in LoLL, but couldn’t remember anything close to specific, so you remember way more than I did! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I think you would love The Graveyard book – but, I took ages picking it up as well and in fact I didn’t really go into it with great enthusiasm. I did badly this week – I knew that certain authors would fit in – just because they’re the sort of authors who pay such attention to detail – but I couldn’t make the memories could forth!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Nathan

    Graveyard book was a good pull. Didn’t see anyone else grab it. Can’t believe how many people remembered something in Lies.

    • lynnsbooks

      Lies was the first thing to come to mind for me – then I thought of Rothfuss, Sanderson and Bennett – purely because they all have a knack for worldbuilding so I figured they’d have something in there. I just couldn’t make the connections though. It was a toughie but I enjoyed it.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Someone also mentioned Lies of Locke Lamora this week – and I do remember the big event at the end of the book but couldn’t remember the details surrounding it either. It WAS a tough week, it’s surprising how something as significant as major holidays hardly ever make it into our fantasy novels, I only know of a few authors who have made holidays a big deal in their worlds.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I had sort of things floating around inside my head, scenes that I could half remember – things with face masks, carnival – but I just couldn’t put my finger on the actual books. I think it is a tough one to be sure! You and Wendy did very well though.
      Lynn 😀

  8. jessicabookworm

    I think this is a really tough topic and considering that I think you’ve come up with some good examples. Sticking with my Middle Earth obsession the elves of Mirkwood are celebrate a festival with feasts in the woods when Bilbo and the dwarves come across them in The Hobbit 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      OMG – that’s spot on – I forgot all about that!! Well done. I tried to think of one for LoTR but nothing would come to mind. It is a tough topic this week.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        I recently re-read The Hobbit so it is fresh in my mind 🙂

  9. Miriam

    The Danse Macabre definitely sounds like a holiday! And a fun one at that. 😀 Never read The Graveyard Book but will someday, I swear…

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, the living and the dead joined for a night of dance with Death as the orchestrator! It was supposedly the one time of the year that all barriers were down in all respects, not only the living and dead but also from all walks of life so a duchess dancing with the stable boy or a convict and a judge – no holds barred!
      Lynn 😀

  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    One day I will read Lies of Locke Lamora – I’ve heard nothing but good things about it! Good call on the Graveyard Book, too. Love me some Neil Gaiman.

    • lynnsbooks

      I do love Neil Gaiman – and I held off reading The Graveyard Book for a long time – I don’t know why and i was totally in love with it when I read it!
      Lynn 😀

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