Tough Traveling: Saving the World

Tough Travelling

“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created by Nathan at Review Barn where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

This week the trope is Saving the World!

SAVING THE WORLD is something many Tours require you to do. You have to defeat the DARK LORD or WIZARDS who are trying to enslave everyone.

Good OmensGood Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Nothing requires a little Saving the World like a good old fashioned apocalypse! The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley have grown comfortable on Earth, and are even fond of humans. They team up to prevent the Antichrist – who is, naturally, a little English boy – from causing armageddon. Unfortunately all they really have to go on are the prophecies of Agnes Nutter, an infuriatingly vague and cryptic witch.

The Ultra Thin ManThe Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson

Alan Brindos and Dave Crowell are contractors for the NIO, an intelligence agency that oversees the entire intergalactic Union. It’s a rough week at work for Brindos and Crowell when they stumble onto an alien plot to overthrow the Union. These aliens, called Ultras, are cloning people and using these copies to infiltrate important government positions. Destroy the Ultras and their Thin Man copies, save the Union. This is sci-fi, not fantasy, but I was having a tough time with this week’s trope so deal with it.

AngelfallAngelfall by Susan Ee

Earth has been invaded by psychotic angels who are hell bent (get it? GET IT?) on the destruction of the human race. Penryn doesn’t care about the whole human race – she just wants to save her sister. If it means she gets to kick a little angel ass? Added bonus. As she journey’s to save Paige, Penryn sees the apocalyptic devastation around her and realizes that if she wants to protect her family, she’s gonna have to save the world.

Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Does anyone actually need me to explain this one? There’s this short guy, and a ring, and this giant eyeball thing…but actually though, Frodo is the ultimate “every man” devoid of fantastical powers. All he’s got to help him destroy the one ring is courage, perseverance, and his friends (who are admittedly quite magical). Kind of the ultimate save the world story, if you ask me.


16 thoughts on “Tough Traveling: Saving the World

  1. Nice. Lots of Good Omens lovers around. Makes me happy. I remember when Angelfall came out there was a couple series dealing with angels all dropping it once. It looked like they were going to be the next vampire.

  2. Angelfall!!! I had this one on my list as I was brainstorming, but somehow missed it when I was actually writing up my post?! Guh, I’m a doofus. It was such a great book too, I loved it!


    1. Right?! It’s sooo good. I stayed up until 3 am reading it one night – and I had to work the next morning. My guy kept waking up and grumbling at me to go to bed but I was like “THE ANGELS ARE KILLING PEOPLE.” I don’t think he found that comforting, haha.

  3. Read Good Omens and LotR from your list this week. Angelfall definitely sounds intriguing. I must check that out.
    Lynn 😀

  4. Of those I’ve only not read The Ultra Thin Man – but Kat just snatched that one and will be reviewing it soon so I look forward to hearing how it goes. Great picks. I loved AngelFall

  5. The world is ALWAYS on the line in Urban Fantasy, so I could definitely come up with my own full list on this week’s topic, but instead I’m going to stick with one because I have other blogs to visit. A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean. It’s not out until December, but after how the last installment ended, I know that McQueen is up to the task.

  6. I’ve seen another Terry Pratchett in your list. Makes me really curious about the author and his books. And yay, I’ve also included in my list Angelfall and Tolkien’s LOTR. But I almost didn’t include the latter because it’s so popular. Never heard of Ultra Thin Man though but the premise sounds promising.

  7. Again, I am losing my mind. I could have sworn that I already commented on this post, b/c I was cracking up about the “save the cheerleader, save the world” thing from last week. Whoops. Anyway, what would our favorite heros/heroines do, if the world didn’t need saving 😉

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