Friday Favourites: Epic Journeys

Something of the Book came up with this wonderful weekly prompt for Friday Favourites and I’m all over it. Now I’m not sure I’ll get to do every week but I’d very much like to participate in as many as I can.

First up for me. Epic Journeys!

Firm favourites:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman:

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This book absolutely blew me away. Best road trip ever. Also most creepy and scary road trip ever.  I loved all the different plots in this. I loved the cons and the mythology, the new and the old Gods. It was purely fantastical but with lots of little human truths interwoven throughout. It’s an epic journey and a small town tale. It’s just a really great bloody read.

 

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett:

Terry Pratchett! Isn’t that enough? 😀

When I was growing up there were two fantasy authors available in bookshops. Tolkein and Pratchett. Pratchett spoke to the whimsical side of me and he made me laugh a lot. I discovered Neil Gaiman through Pratchett and this book is one of my all time favourites. It felt like everyone was on an epic journey in this book. A really funny one.

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta:

Just thinking about this trilogy makes me want to reread it. These books are at times brutal and they are full of flawed characters but that brutality and those flaws are what makes them human and the fact that they can all do extraordinary things and show kindness or remorse or allow themselves to go on journeys that will change all of their perceptions of the world they thought they knew makes them even more human.

I do like to go on about how I’m not a fan of humanity. We are more often than not a truly awful species, and these books highlight that fact, but they also made me see that we are capable of amazing acts of bravery and kindness. Even if it’s only in fiction.

The Lumatere Chronicles also contains some of the greatest female characters I have ever read. Each and every one of them was badass in their own way and what’s not to love about that?

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling:

To be fair Harry Potter is probably going to end up on all my Friday Favourites. #SorryNotSorry.

Unexpected:

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Gentleman’s Guide really surprised me. It was funny and lighthearted most of the time but it was also heartbreaking and poignant. I read this on holiday and loved that it was an easy read of a grand adventure but it also contained a sweet love story that made my heart melt. I plan to read The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy soon as I loved Felicity but I also like knowing she is there so I don’t want to rush into it. 😀

Surprisingly absent:

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

How can I call myself a lover of high fantasy and epic journeys and not have this on my list? Well confession time. I’ve not read it. *ducks head in shame*

I read The Hobbit many moons ago, before my Pratchett addiction, and I actually really did enjoy it but I felt like Tolkien didn’t really trust his readers. I absolutely love solid world building and being able to see the world clearly is obviously a must when it comes to any fantasy but I’ve always found that having some aspects of the world left to the readers imagination to be an important part of the reading fantasy process. I love that how I see some things is not how other readers see them and therefore it’s like it’s just mine. This is probably not what fantasy is about but for me it’s something I kind of love.

So why is it on this list you may ask? Well when it comes to reading these books I may have found them too dense and precise for my liking but when it comes to making them into movies *mind blown*.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are listed as some of my most favourite movies ever and if we are talking about epic journey everyone has to admit that both are EPIC JOURNEYS so I needed to add them for that alone. I’m also adding them because well I’ve decided that in order to be a true Lord of the Rings fan I need to at least try them again so I’m hoping to do all four books in audio this year. I suspect they will work particularly well in that format.

2 thoughts on “Friday Favourites: Epic Journeys

  1. I’m hoping to do rereads of The Hobbit and LOTR via audiobook this year. I’ve only ever read them once and it took me two tries to finally get into the books.

    Also, I REALLY need to reread American Gods because it has been too damn long. AND I need to read Good Omens because I am super stoked for the show and because I just need to read it in general

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    1. I’d love to do the American Gods road trip. One day I’m going to do it.

      Good Omens is ridiculously funny. It’s like they both got drunk and created the most outrageous storyline they could think of. 😂

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