‘Wait till they get a load of me!’

Jack_Nicholson_As_The_Joker

This week, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, Nathan is taking us travelling once again through the tropes of fantasy.  This week the topic for discussion is:

TRICKSTERS

A great prank is always amusing.  Many an adventure start with a well placed trick.  They are even more amusing when performed by those with god like powers.

  1. Gods: Loki – I guess this is the most obvious choice but it’s also the first that sprung to mind.  The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  2. Fae: Puck – Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream ‘Now, when thou wakest, with thine own fool’s eyes peep.’
  3. Animal: Coyote: thinking of two series for this one, Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson books and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.
  4. Vampire: Greyfriar from the Vampire Empire books by Clay and Susan Griffiths.  Greyfriar disguises himself as a human!
  5. Magician: The Weasley twins from Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  Pair of pranksters.
  6. Human: again, two for this one: Locke Lamora from Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastard series and the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  Pirates – you just can’t trust ’em.
  7. Shape Shifters: Kitsume called Suzume – from M L Brennan’s Generation V – Suzume is actually a fox who can shift into a human form.  She has a great sense of humour and is always pulling tricks!

I leave you with a little rhyme from a fairytale character trickster:

“Tomorrow I brew, today I bake,
And then the child away I’ll take;
For little deems my royal dame
That Rumpelstiltzkin is my name!”

‘Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you…..’

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, in the land of make believe, a young man called Nathan set off to make his fortune.  Toting his spotted hanky he set off down a long windy road to see what adventures he could find.  He played his flute as he walked and his music enchanted other people who travelled alongside him recounting stories of their own.  Anyway, This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn, Nathan is taking us tough travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This week the topic for discussion is:

FAIRY TALES ARE NOT JUST STORIES

Fairy tales are real in fantasy land.  They may seem like stories told to kids, but in fantasyland they are very, very real.

Okay, I’m not sure if I’m on the right lines for this one but here goes:

  1. Beauty by Robin McKinley – A retelling of Beauty and the Beast
  2. Poison, Beauty and Charm by Sarah Pinborough.  These are three excellent books.  Each one contains a number of different, well known, fairy stories and mashes them up into a wicked and darker version of the original story.
  3. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marilier – this isn’t a retelling or reimagined fairystorY (well I’m not sure if it is or not) but it’s a fantastic read and I really can’t recommend it enough.
  4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente.  Whimsical and Wyverns.
  5. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

And, they all lived happily ever after.

The End

“My name’s Jean Tannen, and I’m the ambush.”

Couldn’t help going there!

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling looking at the tropes of fantasy.  This week the topic up for discussion is:

Creative Cursing:

(This is a scheduled post so I may not be linked up over at the FRB – also I might not be able to check out your posts this week but will catch up on my return – also, I don’t have the blurb so I’m taking this title to mean exactly what it says and not be all cryptic – I think Creative Cursing is pretty self-explanatory!)

I very nearly dedicated this book to Scott Lynch for his Gentlemen Bastard series – creative curses seems to be like Lynch’s first language – he comes up with things that are so funny that It’s frankly embarrassing to read his books when using public transport.  I’m not going to massively quote but – yes, I love these books and think Lynch is a genius at the art of creative cursing.

The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis – contains a character called Berenice de Mornay-Périgord – she’s a spymaster and her cursing is very funny.

The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker – this story is very intelligent and witty.  My favourite character is Lord Ermenwyr – to be honest I can’t actually remember if he was creative cursing or not – he was very amusing nonetheless.

The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic – a fairly recent read – very grimdark and lots of swearing and cursing up a storm so think on!

The Wee Free Men have to make this post – Crivens – and much, much more.

Smite me, O mighty smighter!

“I am Loki, of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose.”

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is once again taking us Tough Travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This week –  DEAD GODS

Fantasyland had gods, right?  And now they are dead.  Dead Gods are not forgotten though, often they are still just influential to the land as they were when living.

Beware of spoilers in the text below!

The Godless by Ben Peek – Set in a world where the Gods are dying following war with each other, their bodies now lie beneath the oceans, in the forests and under mountain ranges.

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris – in which ‘Ragnarok’ is brought about by the Gods trying to avoid fate. Told by the trickster Loki.  Few Gods will survive in this retelling of Norse mythology.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin – in which there was a war of the Gods.  The victor, Itempas,  killed one of the Gods and imprisoned the others in human form.  These enslaved Gods were given to the Arameri people who revered Itempas the most and they now rule over all the other kingdoms, sat on high in the city named Sky.  The enslaved Gods carry out their will and enforce their edicts.

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levine – in which years ago there were two Gods. The Sun and the Moon. Sister and brother. Unfortunately their opinion differed regarding the creation of their servants and as a result they went to war. The Moon died and his servants were driven underground,

Almost dead??

The Max Gladstone books Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise – nothing is ever quite as you imagine in these two books!

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis- Aslan *sob*

Tis all for me this week – I know there are lots of niggles at the back of my mind with other books just on the tip of my tongue. No doubt I’ll be kicking myself when I see everyone’s entries this week!

Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.”

That’s right Darth Vader – turning on the Emperor – the power of the dark side heh!

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling once again through the tropes of fantasy.  this week’s topic is:

THE WEASEL

Weasels are usually very useful, obtaining information from unlikely sources and the like. For that matter they may be fun to be around. But can they ever really be trusted? Usually about as far as they can be thrown, but one never knows.

And, I sort of struggled with this one to be honest but here goes:

Tolkien’s Grima Wormtongue – betrayed mankind giving away precious secrets to Saruman.  I love this quote from Gandalf:

‘Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm’

Peter Pettigrew from Harry Potter – all this time pretending to be a rat when in actual fact he’s a weasel who serves a slippery snake!

Paige from the Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – the main character of the story – okay, you can’t really call her a turncoat or a weasel I suppose but really if you consider her actions at the end, they’re sort of half good and then really not so much so.  Can’t say more without being all spoilery.

Hoid or Wit from Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings – again, bear with me because I do like this character so I’m not necessarily calling him a slippery sucker – however, we don’t really know much about him yet, we certainly don’t know whose side he’s on – except he’s probably on his own side and so in a way this makes me think you can’t always completely trust him – although he does try to drop subtle hints here and there to help people out.

King Slayer – Jaimie Lannister from GRRM’s Game of Thrones.  Incestuous so and so who thinks nothing of stabbing a king in the back!

The Biggest Betrayer of all: the One Ring.  Betrayed:

Isildur, Gollum, Bilbo and even Frodo at the very end.

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