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October 14: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real)


ghost bride

1. The Ghost Bride; Yangsze Choo. Though the after-world isn’t someplace you can visit easily, the colony of Malaya has a rich culture and history.

looking for transwonderland

2. Looking for Transwonderland; Noo Saro-Wira. This one is a double-feature; England and Nigeria, but it’s mostly Nigeria that sounds fascinating, seen through the eyes of someone who isn’t sure where home is.

midnight riot

3. Midnight Riot; Ben Aaronovitch. I’m cheating a little to call this one ‘real,’ but the descriptions of London are lovely, and even if dryads and wizards aren’t real, London is.

teatime for firefly

4. Teatime for the Firefly; Shona Patel. This India is lovely and a little dangerous, green and full of life.


5. Wild; Cheryl Strayed. I’m not a big fan of hiking, but Strayed makes the Pacific Crest Trail and all the people on it one big, slightly smudged family.


brood of bones

1. Brood of Bones; A.E. Marling. So there are certain dangers in this world I’m not entirely sold on, but there’s also a lot of wonders that would make it worth it for a visit, though I wouldn’t want to live there.

god and science

2. God and Science; Jamie Hernandez. Female superheroes of all ages and powers, from all walks of life. Haven’t you always wanted to be a hero? Or a villain, also an option.


3. Saga; Brian K Vaughan. All kinds of alien cultures, far-flung worlds, and it would probably be fairly safe so long as you stayed away from the warring planets.

Treasure Island

4. Treasure Island; Robert Lois Stevenson. Some of these places are real, but they’d really be no fun without the characters, which puts this in the fantasy list, I think.

un lun dun

5. Un Lun Dun; China Mieville. Haven’t you always suspected there’s another version of cities out there, full of magical strangeness? They’d be fun to sight-see, for sure.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

4 responses »

  1. Dude, Saga! I almost put that one on my list. I would totally want to see all of those worlds. Un Lun Dun is a good choice too!

  2. lynnsbooks says:

    Nice to see Ben Aaronovitch on the list – although I have still only read his first! London seems to be making a few lists – would you believe I’ve only ever visited with school even though I like in the UK! I travel all over the place and haven’t done a proper trip around the capital!
    Lynn 😀

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