So I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is one great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :)
This week, we’re searching for BUGS. “Let’s find anything creepy or crawly, big or small, six legs, eight legs, or more. Bugs, bugs, bugs.”
I have a bug-related confession to make: I am afraid of centipedes, worms of all kinds (earthworms, larvae, whatever), caterpillars, leeches and slugs (the orange garden variety and the black forest variety). It’s irrational and silly, but there you have it. I can handle spiders and insects, snakes and lizards just fine, but those slimy, wriggling bastards just creep me out. Gah! Let’s remember: pretty butterflies are bugs as well (but I couldn’t remember any pretty bugs for my list).
But enough with the personal stuff! These are the bugs I found crawling among the books I’ve read:
- Giant spiders from The Hobbit, Shelob the giant spider from The Lord of the Rings, and Aragog the giant spider (and his brood) from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – I put these together because they’re very similar.
- Blast-ended skrewts from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Wiki lists these as a cross between manticores and fire crabs, but all I remember about them is that they looked like pale, ugly scorpions, had exploding ends, and scared everyone half to death.
- Giant sentient cockroaches from Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins – this series isn’t as well-known as The Hunger Games, of course, but it’s a fun middle grade read. These cockroaches are friendly to Gregor’s family and friends and two of them actually take over as nannies for Gregor’s baby sister. Eww, right?
- Giant scorpion talisman-demon from Jim Butcher’s Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) – it’s icky and demonic and squishing it results in a load of stinky goop (also: *slight spoiler in white* squishing bugs with an elevator is a new one, truly *end spoiler*).
- Gregor Samsa from Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. It’s not exactly fantasy, but I think it counts. Also: his family is horrible.
- Neek-neek from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy: this is a chimaera creature, a scorpion-shrew, known for its tiny form and vicious character. Laini’s Papilio Stomachus should also be mentioned – she named the butterflies that you feel when you’re in love (image credit)! :)
- The Caterpillar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – a disgusting little creature who smokes a pipe. I never really liked Alice and it’s no wonder: one of the characters is a freaking caterpillar.
Honorary mention: Bug from Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora – he’s a human boy, not an insect, and I liked him a lot. *spoiler in white* I haven’t forgiven Lynch for killing him and the Sanza brothers yet. *end spoiler*
What creeps you out? Do you find bugs disgusting or do you deal with them Bilbo-style?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)