‘Do you copy? Shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level!’

Being smashed by the garbage smasher is only one of the worries…

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn we are once again tough travelling with Nathan.  Our topic this week is:

Otherworldly Creatures (Tentacles preferred)

Just for Tiara, this topic explains itself. Creatures not of our world or even our plain of existence, perhaps living in another dimension. Preferably, though not required, with tentacles.   Or really anything with tentacles can be considered weird enough to be otherworldly.

American Elsewhere by Robert J Bennett – here be tentacles.  In the quiet town of Wink time almost seems to stand still.  The residents seem to live an idyllic life with perfectly manicured lawns and lifestyles – it’s so perfect it’s positively Stepford(ish).  Except maybe everything isn’t as rosy as it seems.  You’ll never find this place on a map. On top of that it seems that strange creatures have come to stay in wink.  How did they get here.  What exactly are they.  They take strange shapes – there will be horror – and tentacles!

City of Stairs by Robert J Bennett – the monster that isn’t really a monster – the one that Shara unwittingly releases into the world and the very same monster that Sigrud gets buck naked to tackle.  Yes, there were tentacles – and lots of teeth.

Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore – the clue for this one is in the title of course!  The Serpent of Venice is a strange mash up of Shakespeare and Poe in which a strange creature lurks in the canals of Venice.  I couldn’t possibly say more!

Resistance is Futile by Jenny Colgan – in which a bunch of nerdy mathematicians try to work out if there is a meaning in a long sequence of numbers that has been transmitted to earth.  Involves aliens – which are definitely otherworldly.

Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson – this may seem like a strange choice – there are definitely no tentacles but there is a strange and sinister demi goddess otherwise known as the ‘Keeper of Secrets’ who lives in another dimension.

‘Do not disturb the water…’

The Watcher in the water from LotR – it has tentacles!!

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18 Responses to “‘Do you copy? Shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level!’”

  1. Nathan

    I am a bad fantasy fan. I have zero memory of the Watcher in the Water.

    • lynnsbooks

      I actually didn’t remember that it was called the Watcher in the Water to be honest -and maybe that picture doesn’t easily bring it to mind! It’s the monster in the water that attacks Frodo when they Fellowship are trying to unlock the door to the Mines of Moria.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

    Dammit! How the heck did I miss Sigrud’s epic battle? That was my favorite part of the book! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I think it was my favourite part too! Quite happy to get two Bennet books – to be honest I almost went the whole hog and put The Troupe and Mr Shivers on here too as they both also have otherworldly creatures -and so does Company Man too. Yeah, I should have gone all out for a Bennett book list. Oh well!
      Lynn 😀

  3. digitaltempest

    It sounds like I’m going to have to look into this American Elsewhere. Great list!

    • lynnsbooks

      I love Robert Bennett’s books – all of them to be honest. They’re all so completely different and packed with imagination. American Elsewhere is a huge book, it really is, but there is some fantastic imagination going on!
      Lynn 😀

      • digitaltempest

        I know some people are turned off by huge books, but I LOVE huge books as long as they don’t start rambling and just explore their story as much as possible. Definitely adding to my TBR.

      • lynnsbooks

        I actually really don’t mind huge books at all – so long as they’re good and well written what’s not to like!
        Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    How could I forget the watcher in the water?! I didn’t have a go at this topic this week…my mind just went blank. i hope to be tough travelling again next week 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I hope you do too. I was sort of pleased at the Watcher in the Water – although, in fairness I didn’t remember it’s name until I found that picture.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Eh eh… I knew I could count on you to find the perfect Tolkien reference for this challenge! With tentacles too… 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Yay – tentacles!! There are more of them around than you think!!!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Danya @ Fine Print

    High five for Watcher in the Water! 🙂 RJB really seems to like those tentacles, eh? Definitely excited to see what all the fuss is about with City of Stairs soon!

    • lynnsbooks

      City of Stairs is a great book, it really is. In fact I think it was on my top 10 list last year. RJB is so creative.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jenn

    I forgot about the tentacled creature in the garbage in Star Wars. That scene was so stressful for me in my childhood.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah – I know what you mean! I thought Luke was a gonner.
      Lynn 😀

  8. mervih

    You have many very interesting books here. I’ve only read LotR.

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, that’s one of my favourites after all – I do tend to use every opportunity to throw it on a list – it would be folly not to!
      Lynn 😀

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