The list prompt this week is:
Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In
I really tried, but I couldn't come up with ten of these. I don't often read books whose setting I wouldn't want to live in - even if that wouldn't always be for the best. I am trying very hard to fight the desire to just turn this into a 'least favorite fantasy books/settings' kind of post. It would be so easy for me to just list ten books that I disliked and whose settings were unmemorable. I really don't want to do that though, it simply not fair. So, here's my top five:
Book: Dragonlance, especially those by Weis and Hickman
Now, you want to talk about a world that seems so incredibly depressing. So many books from this setting are of the 'we'll never survive' variety - even if they do survive easily. There's just this feeling of doom that permeates so many of the stories. I wouldn't like living in a world like that.
Book: (most) Forgotten Realms that deal with the drow
Okay, I cheated on this one. Menzo isn't an actual world but a subdivision of sorts of the Forgotten Realms world. However, Menzo is an area that is so insular that it never has visitors and, the few times its citizens leave on a trip, they only do so to capture people for slavery. I have mixed feelings about the drow, but that is one place this girl could never live. (Please note: I am only speaking in generalities. I do not include Drizzt in these statements, because he is the exception rather than the rule for drow.)
Book: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
This might be cheating a little, because the setting for Page Morgan's gothic tale is actually earth. Granted, an earth that has many many things going on under the surface, but earth nonetheless. I chose this world because of the hellhounds that wander around at will and the angels that are less than benevolent.
Book: Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
I would like to say, I like this book a lot. This is not commentary in any way, shape or form as to how much fun I had reading this book. However, and this may be because the story follows a group of less-than savory people recently turning their hand at sky piracy, I don't believe I'd last very long in this world. I suppose that's because I'm seeing myself as part of the Ketty Jay crew, and I just don't think I've got the mentality for that.
Book: The Dreamers series by David and Leigh Eddings
I refuse to get into my feelings for this series - suffice to say that I had nearly forgotten about it before I started perusing my Goodreads list for this list. I hate, absolutely hate, the idea of living in a world where everything can be hand-waved away - literally turning back time - by some omnipotent being whenever said being feels like it. That is the stuff that my nightmares are made of. (Well, that and the first Matrix movie...)