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Offline Dornish First Sword

Jungle fantasy?
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:39:05 AM »
So I was watching the tv and a they had a couple of documentaries on the Vietnam war come on and it got me wondering about jungle warfare in the fantasy genre.
 None came to mind for me anyway so does anyone else have anything they could throw out there? I'd be quite interested to read some fantasy based around jungle warfare or that includes it as a major theme. Really more into the jungle warfare / guerilla tactics theme than just a jungle setting like an indiana jones quest for a lost city type of fantasy.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 12:05:39 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 12:18:44 PM »
Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the apt has some guerrilla warfare tactics. Or at least the third book of the series has a bit of it. It's not in a jungle though.
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Re: Jungle fantasy?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 01:01:50 PM »
One of the Death Gate Cycle books is affectively set in a jungle.  The world is a giant oversized forest (as in trees the size of mountains), but has basically the same feel to it as a jungle.  But it's not a standalone book, and I sort of have a problem with the way the series ended. :-\  I know I read another fantasy book that was set partly in a jungle, but I can't think of it this early.  I'll see if I can remember once I wake up. ;)

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2011, 01:16:11 PM »
The only book that comes to mind to me is The Unconquered Country by Geoff Ryman

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Re: Jungle fantasy?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011, 01:19:28 PM »
Is n't the Rain Wilds a giant rainforest?
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011, 08:13:20 PM »
A few of James Barclay's Raven novels are set in a jungle environment. I haven't read the newest novels yet, but seeing as they focus on elves, who are the inhabitants of that jungle environment, it's a fair bet there's some jungle warfare in there, too.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2011, 11:20:37 PM »
So I was watching the tv and a they had a couple of documentaries on the Vietnam war come on and it got me wondering about jungle warfare in the fantasy genre.
 None came to mind for me anyway so does anyone else have anything they could throw out there? I'd be quite interested to read some fantasy based around jungle warfare or that includes it as a major theme. Really more into the jungle warfare / guerilla tactics theme than just a jungle setting like an indiana jones quest for a lost city type of fantasy.

Conan The Hero by Leonard Carpenter

BLURB:

n the steaming jungles of Venji, Conan of Cimmeria fights in a war seemingly without end, a war against drug-crazed raiders who strike without warning and vanish like smoke, a war against the implacable wizard, Mojourna. Yet his enemies are not only those he can see.

The intrigues of the powerful court eunuchs reach south from Imperial Aghrapur, and the plottings of generals who would sit on the throne, and even the conjurings of his own mind, will be turned against him.

Only one man could survive. Only one man could triumph. Only Conan the Hero.

EXCERPT:

Chapter 1

The Shikhara
 
The jungle pond spread murky and stagnant, shaded by dense foliage. A few ripples glided across its green-scummed surface to lap against the slimy shoreline. Then, close above the black water, the tangled thicket of rushes parted and a face peered through. Dark it was, shadowed and obscure as the muzzle of a stalking beast. Yet from its dimness glinted eyes blue as brooding northern skies, a color seldom seen in these rank jungle depths.

The pale, foreign eyes searched the tree-filtered daylight of the pond bank. Seeing no exceptional danger, the watcher parted the reeds and eased out from between them: a massive man, sword-bearing and grotesquely painted, wading thigh-deep in the stagnant water.

He moved topheavy with a sun-darkened breadth of chest and shoulder, supple as an acrobat poised for swift, forceful action. The colors on his face were muddy tones of lampblack and umber; for further concealment, his headband and lank black mane trailed fern fronds, leafy stems, and other spoor of the forest. The remainder of his costume was sparse, a brief leather breech-wrap anchoring knifebelt and swordbelt crisscrossed on his bare chest and back. Except for the sheen of his fine steel weapons and their bronze-studded fittings, he might have passed for a savage child of the jungle.

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011, 11:52:44 PM »
Many of Clark Ashton Smith's stories are set in jungles.

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Re: Jungle fantasy?
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011, 07:38:41 AM »
Would the heroes have to drink Um Bongo rather than mead to make it an authentic jungle fantasy?

Some serious suggestions: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle - Professor Challenger and friends find a plateau inhabited by dinosaurs in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. (I would clasify this as fantasy - though it is borderline)

Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb (set in the Rainwilds - a magical rainforest)

The old Tarzan Novels

The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - boy raised by animals - seems very fantasy to me!

 
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2011, 08:10:22 AM »
And then there's Darwinia…although I have no idea what to classify that as!
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Re: Jungle fantasy?
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2011, 08:55:38 AM »
Elven Star - from the Death Gate series by Weis and Hickman.

Black Lung Captain - Chris Wooding's steampunk fun... it has a really nice jungle scene (amongst others).

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Re: Jungle fantasy?
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 03:07:44 PM »
Time to read some jungle setting fantasy any ideas?

I still haven’t read Of Thunder and Bone by Chris Evans supposed to be Lord of the Rings meets Apocalypse Now with Vietnam vibes

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Re: Jungle fantasy?
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2018, 08:53:27 PM »
Good one, threadomancer.

I throw Ian C. Esslemont's Blood and Bone in the ring. Never read a book with a more "jungly" feeling*.

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Re: Jungle fantasy?
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2018, 04:24:04 AM »
Parts of Dave Duncan's Pandemia series (A Man of His Word and A Handful of Men) are set in jungles.
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