Fantasy Bucket List Book Tag

My second tag stolen from Re-Enchantment of the World, originally originating from The Little Book Owl. This one I actually got first, but had such a hard time coming up with one of them (that I STILL haven’t managed), that it got pushed back to the end of May.

Also, since most of these I could’ve fulfilled entirely in Middle-Earth, I decided to omit it from contention. I’ve seen one already entirely of Middle-Earth from Maddalena, so you can check that one out if you’re missing some nostalgia.

A Fictional World You’d Like to Tour

Roshar, The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Roshar, rendered beautifully by

This one obviously would be Middle-Earth (or New Zealand, because that’s pretty much as good as I’d ever get AND because I’ve heard it’s just incredible there), but since that’s off the table (at least, for this post), I’m going with Roshar.

Of you lot that don’t read Brandon Sanderson, this is his world from the Stormlight Archive. A vast and sprawling continent full of lush, varied environments and locales, and unique and interesting creatures. A continent of magic and mystery, gods and demons. I’ve read Way of Kings three times (pretty good for a 1200 page book) and would always be ready to read it again. The world is just so amazing and richly rendered and… yeah. There were a lot of finalists, but this won by a decent margin.

A Specific Place You’d Like to Visit

The Eye of the World, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

A place of green and growth, tended by the Green Man, an ancient thing made of forest itself. The place moves around the Blight, a land of desolation and decay, never in the same place twice. At the heart of a spring forest rests the Eye, surrounded by a quiet, soothing place, full of butterflies and flowers. Through a simple arch lays a “smooth floor, slick to the eye like oiled slate… seamless, white walls glittered with uncounted flecks in untold colors, giving a low, soft light even after the sunlit archway vanished [from view]. The corridor opens into a vast, domed space, the rough, living rock of its ceiling dotted with clumps of glowing crystals. Below it, a pool took up the entire cavern, except for the walkway around it, perhaps five paces wide. In the oval shape of an eye, the pool was lined about its rim with a low flat edging of crystals that glowed with a duller, yet fiercer, light than those above. Its surface was as smooth as glass and as clear as the Winespring Water. Rand felt as if his eyes could penetrate it forever, but he could not see any bottom to it.” A place filled with saidan, the male half of the One Power. The description is surreal, and one of my favorite moments in possibly my favorite ever book. There’s a reason that despite his tendency to meander, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Robert Jordan’s writing.

A Character You Would Like to Meet

Kvothe, Kingkiller Chronicles by Pat Rothfuss

The man that has done everything and knows everything. Plus, he owns his own bar, so I assume there’d be free drinks. Plus he’d fill me in on the events in the third, as-yet-to-be-published book. Among other adventures and stuff. And cider hopefully, plenty of cider.

An Event to Witness

I had a tie here. SO, (1) the edge of the rim of Discworld, as seen at the end of the Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett, or (2) the Moontears blooming, as seen in The Dreamblood Duology, by N.K Jemisin. Of course, with the Rimfall on Discworld, seeing it also means probably almost dying, so… The Moontears only bloom under the light of the Dreaming Moon, and I feel that would be amazing to witness, like the baobab trees kinda.

An Activity/Sport to Try

Song of the Shattered Sands, by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Sand-boarding, or sand-skiff racing. Like from Avatar: tLA. Just cruising around on an endless sea of sand, like you’re surfing on water, but without all that nasty drowning.

A Weapon to Wield

The Sword of Sorrows, The Empire of Storms by Jon Skovron

Hope’s weapon, from the island trilogy. I almost picked her as the person I’d most like to meet. When pulled from its sheath, the sword hums softly. Whenever it’s moved, it hums more. Said to remember every life it has ever taken, and the sound it makes is the loss it feels at every death.

Creepy, yeah? I almost picked another incredibly creepy one, but replaced it. This one I had to leave in.

An Item to Use

Jungissa, The Dreamblood Duology by N.K. Jemisin

This is tanzanite, btw. Cool, innit?

The Jungissa is a special stone that is used to induce and control sleep. Now, while it’d be cool (and definitely not weird and creepy) to control other people’s sleep and dreams—I’ve always been a problem sleeper. I’m one of those people who has an active, wandering mind, thus I have the attention span of a rabbit and it takes me 30-45 minutes to fall asleep after going to bed. In the third grade (and again in highschool) we had an assignment to tell the class what we’d do if we could only do one thing for the rest of our lives, and if we had an extra hour in the day, respectively. I picked sleep. I’ve always loved my sleep, and never gotten enough of it. And lately, I’ve been extra tired—all the time. This stone would be AMAZING.

Okay, so I almost picked the Jade Eye, from R.S. Blecher’s Golgotha, which allows the wielder to see the dead and talk to them for a brief moment. That… seemed a bit much. I’m not actually a huge fan of horror. Mostly I just find it boring.

What My Favorite Characters Would Be Doing in Quarantine (Book Tag)

I was recently tagged by Ola & Piotrek over at the Re-Enchantment of the World to “take 5+ of your favorite characters and imagine what they’d be doing if they were stuck here like us”. The tag, created by Kal at Reader Voracious, and looks interesting enough for me to do, especially considering I haven’t actually finished any books in a while. But that’s all about to change! Just not now.

Three from Jay Posey’s Legend of the Duskwalker

Would be sitting around drinking, waiting for someone to shoot. The mailman, the neighbor from downstairs, the girl he spurned in sixth grade—wouldn’t matter much. Whomsoever broke social distancing. There’d be no internet, calls, or TV on his watch, just drinking and cleaning his guns. Plus maybe a siesta. And he wouldn’t be handling the waiting well.

James Holden from S.A. Corey’s The Expanse

Would’ve announced the cause of the pandemic and whose fault it was to the entire world, then immediately pissed off somewhere and left the world to deal with it however.

Xavier Rodriguez from Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Hell Divers

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Artyom from Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro

Would have thrown on their radiation suits and gone out to search for supplies. Some people might give them strange looks, but their rifles would probably’ve prevented those people from doing anything about it (though I’ve seen a not-insignificant number of people take their rifles on a walk to the store during this crisis, and for the most part the rest of us just ignore them). They’d also keep a watchful eye out for any mutants or atomic bombs lying around.

Rincewind from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Would be in the library fiddling with his Wizzard hat and feeding bananas to the Librarian, who would be incredibly offended but probably willing to humor his friend.

Çeda from Bradley Beaulieu’s Shattered Sands

Would be sneaking out at night and taking drugs. Then roam the desert and fight some trees as her way of social distancing while totally not being high.

Alex Verus from his series written by Benedict Jacka

Would be looking through the futures in which he went out to the store and trying to determine the paths to walk in order to avoid touching anyone. After that he’d probably just make Luna do his shopping for him.

Hope from Jon Skovron’s Empire of Storms

Would be fully engaged in sword practice and combat training. When not training, she would be immersed in meditation. Luckily, her social life wouldn’t suffer. Can’t lose something you’ve never had.