So it's Wednesday, which means more Top 5 Wednesday stuff. This week's topic is books with travel in them. Top 5 Wednesday is a meme hosted by gingerreadslainey and it's fun, and off we go.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I’ve mentioned
this book in other circumstances, but I loved this book, a lot. It’s a take on
the Dracula story, and it features a lot on the travels of the main character
(who I don’t think is named). She travels around Europe, and particularly
Eastern Europe, and I’ve not really been there, and the descriptions made me
really wanna go there. Hopefully there will be less creepy vampires.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This might seem like an
odd choice, but Shadow and Wednesday travel a lot across the States, and go to
these small places and visit strange people. And I love the weird places they
go, and the strange things they see. I think I’m going to have to reread it.
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. The main character
of this book is Marya, and she is Russian, and is seduced/taken away by Koschei
the Deathless, to be his bride. Sort of willingly, I should add. She spends a
lot of the book just being married to him, but the story is based on Russian
folklore and they travel sort of through worlds to get from the real world,
which Marya is from, to the world where Koschi is from and they live through
these traditional fairy tale tropes and I thought it was amazing.
Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic by Terry Jones. So
Douglas Adams made a computer (CD-ROM) game named Starship Titanic. And Terry
Jones, of Monty Python, wrote a book based on the game. Yeah! It’s about a
starship named Titanic, the most massive, and incredible spaceship ever made.
And when it’s finished it has a SMEF, Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure,
and disappears. And it appears on Earth and three earthlings wander on and go
on a travel, and it’s hilarious. It’s a bit more silly and slapstick than
Hitchhiker’s Guide, but it’s really funny. And I loved it.
The League of Princes by Christopher Healy. This is a
middle grade trilogy. It’s about the Princes Charming from Cinderella, Snow
White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty feeling like they’re overlooked and the
girls getting all the credit, so they go off on adventures. And they are silly,
and weird, hapless, and two of them are wildly under qualified for adventure,
and it is hilarious. They’re so adorable and sweet, and I love them.