Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
So I decided to sign up for Top Ten Tuesday (I felt like I was missing out—and it always looks so pretty!). I’m quite excited for this weeks Top Ten because I think I’ll actually be able to do it! (Some of the other Top Ten lists I’ve seen have left me thinking WHAT?!) haha.
Without further ado, I’ll move onto my Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books!
1. Harry Potter. How can this not be my number one?! J.K. Rowling depicts a magical world right beneath the noses of us “muggles” and intertwines it with realistic settings making it descriptive and entertaining. I don’t think any book has quite drawn me in the way Harry Potter has. We might be in the real world, but we’re also transported to the magical world of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, amongst so many other magical settings. Along with the fact that it all takes place in my home country of England makes me just fall in love with the Harry Potter world just a little bit more.
2. Abhorsen Triology. This has to be one of my favourite young-adult fantasy books and it’s the only series I’ve read by Garth Nix (as of now), but I truly adored it! The world is fantastic. We have this wall that separates the ‘normal’ world and then across the wall where there is lots of dark magic, kingdoms, and the necromancers. We get a mixture of the old medieval world and the modern world so close, whilst having magic and darkness right over the wall. There are the seven gates to death and the journey the necromancers take through them and the different trials within each one—it’s just fabulous. One of my favourite moments is in the glaciers across the wall where they have flying machines powered by magic. Everything is so vivid and different.
3. In Death. Set in New York in 2058 onwards, the In Death series might be a more ‘modern’ world or ‘realistic’ but with the latest technology and new medicines, it seems like a fantastic world to be part of. Robb provides all the grit and gore of the downtown areas that are deprived while still creating the wonder of the high class and rich. I really feel like I get absorbed into the world of J.D. Robb’s books!
Well?! I adored this book and the world was pretty rough and ragged. After all it is a dystopia novel, so we can’t expect happily ever after worlds. There is a thing called a Vampire City which is ruled and dominated by the vampires. The people are blood cattle and those surrounding are left to forage for themselves unless they give blood to the vampires. Those outside are scavengers searching for food, books are not allowed! How can this ever happen? Everything is dark and sinister. Then on the outside, everything is abandoned, and it reminded me of the Walking Dead TV show on FX with the abandoned cars and desolate landscape. It was truly a well thought out world.
Inkheart starts in the normal world and then we transgress across into the world of the book, Inkheart. The concept itself is entirely awesome. Here we have a real medieval type of fantasy world, with castles and warriors, but then we have the silvertongues who can bring creatures and people to life by reading aloud from a book. We have the shadow and all the dangers of this book world and there is so much world building about Inkheart designed that we are drawn into the world of a book from the ‘real’ world and then can draw ourselves out again through the silvertongues is amazing. The film is equally enjoyable as it’s own entity.
Another dystopia world. I felt like we didn’t get enough of our world at times from these books, but the idea of the 13 districts and the capitol. It just begins as a fabulous world all on it’s own. Then we have the different conditions for each district and all the lavish goods off the capitol. To top of these fabulous settings, we have the Hunger Games itself, my favourite setting has to be in Catching Fire and the Hunger Games we witness there! These books really have an awesome world—but one I wouldn’t want to witness in the future.
Whilst I couldn’t quite say I loved the book, the world blew me away! Different landscapes that make up a world and conjoin by bridges that link everything up. The landscapes are created by a landscaper who has control over them and the good and evil of the world reflect the landscapes. We have demons and water horses that drag people into their depth and drown them and there are tonnes of creatures. I love how the land manipulated and changed to its inhabitants. Then we had the Den of Iniquity which revolved around Sebastian which is just a fabulous place on its own, but saying any more will spoil the story!
I picked this one for it’s historical setting and the idea of King Arthur having two wives—which will be developed into across the series I believe. However we really get the old feel of the history and the roman buildings and battle times. I appreciated the surroundings and real drawn in feeling to the historical setting that I think some authors fail to do in historical romance. We got the battle front, but M.K. Hume also took the time to work on building the home of ‘Arthur’ as a child and the surrounding woods and then when he visits King Uther and the palace and all the feelings of the surroundings and decaying room of the dead King Uther. It’s all very sinister and I loved every moment of it!
I picked this up first for the reason of the quote on the front. “I absolutely adored The Little White Horse.” J.K. Rowling. The name had me picking up this book, and whilst it wasn’t quite a different world, and it’s a long time since I read this book. I remember the interwoven ideas that surrounded this and the whole “is it real, is it not” and all the whole mystery that surrounded the old house and setting, The Little White Horse is a classic childhood story for me!
Finally, The Black Dagger Brotherhood is my favourite paranormal-romance series and whilst it is set in Caldwell and the normal world, the fact that we go across to the other side where the chosen are and visit a world of white and we have so many aspects to Caldwell and really get transported to each scene, it managed to make my top ten vivid worlds and settings.
WOW! I’m proud of myself for all that. Took some time and thought, but I think we’re there. What are you top ten Tuesdays? Post me your links! And your thoughts!