Every Thursday, the Fantasy Review Barn is taking us on a journey through Fantasyland with their Tough Travel Guide. Today’s topic is Monsters.
MONSTERS are likely to lie in waste areas, caves, and old ruined cities. You can usually detect their presence by smell.
There’s the definition, now let’s completely ignore it!
I think I might like Jemisin’s Dreamblood books better than the Inheritance Trilogy. Actually, scratch that, I’m sure I do. The culture is based on Ancient Egypt and Nubia. Gatherers are the most powerful magicians of Gujareeh–they kill people, and gather an element known as dreamblood to keep the rest of the society in order. The Reaper is what happens when a Gatherer completely loses control and turns into an amoral, all-consuming monster. In the second book, the Wild Dreamer is something that I won’t spoil, but it kills people through a contagious nightmare. Very original, and scary.
TillyTilly- The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
8 year old Jessamy has trouble socializing. When she visits Nigeria with her family, she makes her first ever friend, TillyTilly, a girl who is definitely not what she seems. Is TillyTilly a mere figment of Jessy’s imagination, or is she something more dangerous? One thing’s for sure, she’s definitely a monster.
Dyrmagnos- The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling
A dyrmagnos is an undead, basically un-killable, necromancer. To be defeated, they have to be cut into teeny tiny pieces, have those locked in boxes, and then dispersed around the world.
The Creature- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
As you may have guessed from this list, my favorite type of monsters are those who were once human and then, for one reason or another, changed. The Creature is one who wants nothing more thank to be human, but society rejects him and so he rejects it right back.
Area X- The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
The Southern Reach Trilogy (of which I’ve only read two so far), is more horror-scifi than proper fantasy, but I had to include the weird, wild, ecological disaster-area/creeping horror that is Area X. There are lots of little monsters, and I have this feeling they’re all part of one big monster. The thing in the tower, the director, the terrior. Basically:
So that’s all I’ve got this week. I have a feeling I’m missing a ton. What are your monsters of choice?