Tough Traveling — New Beginnings


tough guideEvery Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a guide.

This week’s subject is “New Beginnings”:

The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings

seeressThe Belgariad makes a big point about how the world is stuck in a cycle of endless repetitions as the two prophecies attempt to determine which one will control the fate of the world. At the end of the Belgariad, we are led to believe that the prophecy is done and Light has triumphed over Dark. Everything is right – the world can move forward! Ha! We’ve still got to go through the cycle one more time over another 5 books. But at the end of The Seeress of Kell we’re assured this really is it, the Dark Prophecy is destroyed and all will be wonderful. Hurrah!

Zero World by Jason M. Hough

zero worldSpy and assassin Peter Caswell gets a new beginning every time he finishes a job. With a quote from a Queensryche song and he forgets everything about his previous mission. A clean slate, almost. Truth is he always leaves himself a clue as to how many people he killed and that does weigh on his conscience. It doesn’t stop him from living it up in exotic locales between his assignments though. Zero World hits stores on Aug. 18. Look for an upcoming review and interview with Hough in the coming weeks.

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

AURORA_KIM_STANLEY_ROBINSONWe’re off to settle a new planet! Mankind is spreading into the stars! No more overcrowding, pollution or other modern problems. It will only take 150 years to get to the new planet. And there are no guarantees. And when the settlers of the generation starship at that heart of Kim Stanley Robinson’s magnificent new novel get to their destination, they find that while everything looks perfectly inhabitable, the planet isn’t. Turns out you just need to make your own new beginnings where you already are. Look for a review of Aurora in a couple weeks. 

Been busy with freelancing so that’s it for this week. Come back next week when we take a look at “Forbidden Love.”

—Michael Senft

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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