The last time I did a tag was back in October, so when Ola and Pio Bushwhacked me and threatened to skin me alive in their Wanderlust Book Tag, I (being the cultured and suave gentleman that I am, known in higher circles as Dr. Lord Bookstooge) acceded to their barbaric demands. Of course, I did draw the line at cannibalism, but every gentleman has a line he won’t cross, even when bushwhacked. So without further ado, lets jump into this hive of scum and villainy!
1. SECRETS AND LIES: A BOOK SET IN A SLEEPY SMALL TOWN
I think that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow fits this perfectly! It even has “sleepy” in the title. I told myself I’d read this every year, as it was just a short story and fits into Halloween so perfectly. Of course, I haven’t read it since 2014!
2. SALT AND SAND: A BOOK WITH A BEACH-SIDE COMMUNITY
Jane Austen’s Persuasion slots in here nicely. There is a nice dramatic scene where a young lady gives herself a coma while walking along a wall on the beach and it provides some necessary emotional push for one of the side male characters. Persuasion has always been my favorite Austen book.
3. HERE THERE BE DRAGONS: A BOOK WITH A VOYAGE ON THE HIGH SEAS
Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the 3rd book in the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Not only does the entire book take place on the Dawn Treader, but one of the characters, Eustace Scrubb, gets turned into a dragon for quite some time. Good stuff!
4. TREAD LIGHTLY: A BOOK SET DOWN A MURKY RIVER OR A JUNGLE
My first though was The Heart of Darkness, but since Ola and Pio used that, I wanted to be a bit more original. Lord of the Isles has the characters tramping all over the place, but one memorable scene has them in a jungle where a hard bitten old warrior mage commits an atrocious act of blood sacrifice (of the remaining soldiers, not himself) to save himself and his young protege.
5. FROZEN WASTES: A BOOK WITH A FROST BITTEN ATMOSPHERE
Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster. Even the cover fits this description perfectly! Then the fact that it takes place on Tran-Ky-Ky, a world covered in ice, well that is just “icing” on the cake *ohohohoho*
6. THE BOONIES: A BOOK WITH ROUGH OR ISOLATED TERRAIN
A Wizard of Earthsea starts out on the island of Gont, an island of mountains, cliffs and fog. Young Ged saves his village from Kargish pirates using just those elements.
7. HINTERLANDS AND COWBOYS: A BOOK WITH A WESTERN-ESQUE SETTING
Three by Jay Posey. Starts out So Western with the whole mysterious gunslinger vibe! The rest of the Duskwalker trilogy was fantastic too. I don’t talk too much about this series in general because it seems that Posey has dropped off the radar after starting, but not continuing, a Mil-SF series 😦
8. LOOK LIVELY: A BOOK SET ACROSS SWEEPING DESERT SANDS
Dune by Frank Herbert. The quintessential Desert book if there ever was one. Being a Chosen One myself, I understand Paul Atreides better than most readers do. We have a bond of responsibility and duty that mere mortals simply cannot comprehend.
9. WILD AND UNTAMED: A BOOK SET IN THE HEART OF THE WOODS
The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia McKillip. I had to get at least ONE McKillip book onto this list and the fact that it has a Kinuko Craft cover just makes it perfect. I am not a poetic kind of guy, but McKillip’s book bring out the one drop of poetry my soul possesses.
10. WILDEST DREAMS: A WHIMSICAL BOOK SHROUDED IN MAGIC
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Jones. While I watched the Miyazaki anime film first, I was glad to read this. Anime is better though 😉
And that’s a wrap. I like doing these tags as it allows me to show some of the older books that I’ve read/reviewed that some of you might not have seen from me. Plus, it helps me organize my blog, which really needs all the help it can get! Feel free to do this yourself if you so desire.