To infinity and beyond…


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In

I’ve decided to give both the good and the bad examples – for this one.  So I’m going to choose a place I’d like to live in and one I wouldn’t like to live in, from the same book:

  1. Love: The Shire.  Everybody has surely heard of the Shire.  A beautiful countryside, spotted with hobbit holes and a patchwork quilt of gardens and farmland.  Flowers abound,  It’s basically the quintessential picture perfect rural place to live (and, if you’re really keen to visit you could always check out the hobbit holes in New Zealand).
  2. Not Love: Mordor.  From the same book as the Shire.  The absolute polar opposite.  Dark, in fact Boromir says it perfectly in the Lord of the Rings Adaptation ‘One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep; the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly!’
  3. Love: Narnia – how good would it be to have tea and crumpets (or was it toasted teacakes) with Mr Tumnus?
  4. Not Love: The White Witche’s castle – because nobody wants to be turned into a statue after all.
  5. Love: Hogsmeade from Harry Potter – because it just looks so quaint and full of charm and – butterbeer!
  6. Not Love: Azkaban.  Nasty, guarded by Dementors – who are, like many of JKRowlings characters, very appropriately named.
  7. Love: Terre D’Ange, created by Jacqueline Carey, the world in which Phèdre nó Delaunay lives.  It is described so beautifully, the clothes, the food and the way of life are just wonderful.
  8. Not Love: Darsanga – a hideous hell on earth.  A place visited by Phèdre in Kushiel’s Avatar – not a place you want to visit, trust me on this.  Few remain to tell the tale.
  9. I will leave 9 and 10 for your suggested Love/Not Love places to visit.
  10. …..



14 Responses to “To infinity and beyond…”

    • @lynnsbooks

      Azkaban truly would be awful. Thanks for stopping by.
      Lynn 😀

  1. Tammy

    I really want to visit Hogsmead, the moment I read about it I knew it would be so much fun😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s so lovely and charming. I wonder if they have a little bit of Hogsmead at Potter world? I should really visit.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love the fact that you showcased both sides of a setting. We often think about how great a world would be without acknowledging that it’s not all good. As much as there is in Harry Potter to love, there’s also a lot to be afraid of. Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thank you – I quite enjoyed showing the two sides.
      Lynn 😀

  3. mervih

    Great idea! I fully agree with you on Shire/Mordor and the rest, too. I’d love to live in Star Trek’s Federation but wouldn’t want to be a female Ferengi on their home world.

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Wonderful idea, indeed: every place holds both light and darkness and the two are what makes a land interesting, and balanced. As for myself, I’d love to visit one of the Orbitals described in Iain Bank’s Culture novels, amazing places where you can find any kind of terrain, flora and fauna; but I would certainly not want to visit a place like Azad, where a deadly game is played with ruthless intensity…

  5. Jennifer | Book Den

    Yes! I would love to visit your loves. I would probably want to visit the Shire most.

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh man, I would love my own little hobbit hole in the Shire. The closest I got to was playing the Lord of the Rings Online video game and starting a minstrel hobbit character. There’s the Shire zone which I could literally spend hours in just enjoying the scenery and gorgeous music.

  7. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, we have similar lists again! I have Narnia and the Wizarding World on my want to live in list, while I have Middle-Earth on both my want to and don’t want to live lists! For your 9th and 10th slots I would recommend Neverland to live in and Westeros to NOT live in! 😛

    p.s. I believe Lucy had toast, sardines and tea with Mr Tumnus 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – well, I don’t really fancy the sardines but the toast and tea would go down a treat.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        I have to confess I love sardines on toast lol 😛

      • @lynnsbooks

        I actually used to do so too, but for some reason my taste has changed in that direction.
        Lynn 😀

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