It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, and I had this one squirreled away for a rainy day – well, it’s day has come. It comes from Elle at Unwrapping Words and other than being an automatic like for being Hamilton themed, I love some of the questions she’s set up.
So ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve been waiting for –
Aaron Burr, Sir
A Great Rivalry
“I’ve been looking for you”
“I’m getting nervous”
Before recent choices left me disinclined to read further, The Dresden Files was a big favourite of mine. A lot of that came down to Harry Dresden’s ability to pick not just a fight, but a life-long enmity with pretty much everyone he met. Crime lords? Check. Demons? Check. Vampires? Check. Other wizards? Check. He’s a walking talking list of who to piss off. I think his beef with Marcone was my favourite as he simply couldn’t do a thing about the mobster despite notionally being a lot stronger than him, but there was so much good stuff to pick from.
Characters Who Would Sacrifice Everything
“I will lay down my life if it sets us free,
Eventually you’ll see my ascendancy”
I am trying to pick outside my normal range of books I obsessively mention, but De Bodard’s Dominions of the Fallen fit far too well here, mostly due to the presence of one Asmodeus. When we first meet him he seems the sort of raging dickhead who’d sacrifice anyone and anything to get what he wants, and then in due time we realise that’s true but his desires are semi-altruistic which moves him into magnificent bastard/still a bit of a dick. I get the feeling he’s fans favourite character from the books as a result, for which I don’t completely blame them.
“Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless!
Down for the count, and I’m drownin’ in ’em”
Elle had a Winter’s Ball here, but I went with Helpless as it had the better song quote. Anyway. The book! The book! I don’t actually know whether I’m right to cite King of Scars here, but I’ll be quite irked if I discover that Nina Zenik and Hanne Brum didn’t get together to live a wonderful life of chaos. Maybe I should finally get round to Rule of Wolves and find out.
What’d I Miss
Side-Characters Who Outshine the Hero
“There’s a letter on my desk from the President
Haven’t even put my bags down yet”
There are so, so many great side characters in Saad Z Hossain’s The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday, but ReGi, the joyfully unimpressed wise-mouthing weed-dealing djinn, is one of the great side-characters around. Someone’s got to play the role of only sane person, and ReGi does it fantastically despite not being really all that sane herself.
It’s Quiet Uptown
The Ones That Break Your Heart
“There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name”
I could do a lot of these. And describing why would involve a lot of spoilers. But if there’s one book that hits me hardest… well, there’s not one, but I’m saying The Fionavar Tapestry as knowing that certain characters deserved better is the least spoilerific, what with it being a trilogy. So much more space for bittersweet ambushes.
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
A Lasting Legacy
“And when my time is up
Have I done enough?”
Again, I could do a great many, but I’m going to go with Lud in the Mist because it’s one whose story should be told me. I read Hope Mirrlees only work of fantasy fiction in the early months of the year and thought it was quite good, and have been thinking of further reasons why it’s actually incredibly clever ever since. It’s one of those books that seems to get right to the heart of fantasy’s capabilities while having a tremendous amount of fun. Insofar as we’re going to have canons, it should be in the canon.
That was a lot of fun, and had me pondering for a long time. Thanks again to Elle for creating this, and I hope I’ve inspired some of you to try this tag yourself, or some of the books mentioned