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Magical animals
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:43:15 AM »
I just read an article on Tor.com about cats in fantasy, and it struck me that plenty of fantasy books do feature animals. While I'm not a cat person personally, I did put a cat in my own YA portal fantasy Realmspace, and I think animal characters are quite cool to use in fantasy. What are other people's favourites? I quite like the Librarian from Discworld.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 06:05:08 AM »
Elfy, great subject, who remembers Tailchaser from Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams?  Such a hero and that book is so funny. Sometimes wonder if Tad needed a break from the seriousness of Dragonbone Chair, because this was published in between books 2 and 3, and was so way out different.

I am very fond of Oberon the wolfhound from Iron Druid Chronicles with his fondness for bacon and, until recently, French poodles.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 06:43:55 AM »
Elfy, great subject, who remembers Tailchaser from Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams?  Such a hero and that book is so funny. Sometimes wonder if Tad needed a break from the seriousness of Dragonbone Chair, because this was published in between books 2 and 3, and was so way out different.

I am very fond of Oberon the wolfhound from Iron Druid Chronicles with his fondness for bacon and, until recently, French poodles.
How could I forget Oberon? I also have a fondness for Spike, the rose goblin in The October Daye series, and he's kind of an animal, basically a cat made out of rose thorns. I also have to give Greebo, also from Discworld a mention. Very few people ever talk about Tailchaser's Song, so nice to see someone else who remembers it. It was Williams' debut. Originally came out in 1985, which is when I bought it. The Dragonbone Chair appeared in 1988, and I can remember being surprised by how different two works by the same author were. There's also Mister and Mouse from the Dresden Files.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 07:46:39 AM »
I'm not really an animal person, so I don't really care much.
I remember with fondness Nighteyes (no, not that one, the animal ;)), and then just Dragons. Characters who think and have emotions, not just animals who are just *there*...
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2015, 09:01:17 AM »
 
How could I forget Oberon? I also have a fondness for Spike, the rose goblin in The October Daye series, and he's kind of an animal, basically a cat made out of rose thorns. I also have to give Greebo, also from Discworld a mention. Very few people ever talk about Tailchaser's Song, so nice to see someone else who remembers it. It was Williams' debut. Originally came out in 1985, which is when I bought it. The Dragonbone Chair appeared in 1988, and I can remember being surprised by how different two works by the same author were. There's also Mister and Mouse from the Dresden Files.

Shame on me - how could I forget Mouse?  ;D  My mistake re publishing dates it must have been the times we actually got them that mixed me up. Found my old Tailchaser and Dragonbone after posting today and trouble with this  is I am going to be tempted to re-read oldies before the TBR pile.

I'm not really an animal person, so I don't really care much.
I remember with fondness Nighteyes (no, not that one, the animal ;)), and then just Dragons. Characters who think and have emotions, not just animals who are just *there*...

Ahhhh -  Dragons.......goes weak at knees with worship.....................

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2015, 09:29:21 AM »
Mudge springs to mind; the amoral anthropomorphic Otter from Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger series. It also featured a great Turtle wizard and a Communist red (sic) Dragon.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2015, 10:36:52 AM »
I'm not really an animal person, so I don't really care much.
I remember with fondness Nighteyes (no, not that one, the animal ;) ), and then just Dragons. Characters who think and have emotions, not just animals who are just *there*...
This. @Nighteyes is great, Algernon is also quite memorable.  ;D

It actually really annoys me when non-humans are written as if they're non-thinking emotionless robots. That's just not how it works, they're the same as us.  :-\
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2015, 11:41:10 AM »
Elfy, great subject, who remembers Tailchaser from Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams?  Such a hero and that book is so funny. Sometimes wonder if Tad needed a break from the seriousness of Dragonbone Chair, because this was published in between books 2 and 3, and was so way out different.

I am very fond of Oberon the wolfhound from Iron Druid Chronicles with his fondness for bacon and, until recently, French poodles.
How could I forget Oberon? I also have a fondness for Spike, the rose goblin in The October Daye series, and he's kind of an animal, basically a cat made out of rose thorns. I also have to give Greebo, also from Discworld a mention. Very few people ever talk about Tailchaser's Song, so nice to see someone else who remembers it. It was Williams' debut. Originally came out in 1985, which is when I bought it. The Dragonbone Chair appeared in 1988, and I can remember being surprised by how different two works by the same author were. There's also Mister and Mouse from the Dresden Files.
@Elfy, Spike is clearly a rose dog, not a rose cat. A rose cat would purr and then rake the furniture with it its thorns.
@Lady Ty, I may have try Tailchaser again. I remember not being impressed.  :-[
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2015, 11:43:30 AM »
And meanwhile, what about goats? Why aren't there more goats as characters in fantasy fiction? Just asking.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2015, 01:05:56 PM »
And meanwhile, what about goats? Why aren't there more goats as characters in fantasy fiction? Just asking.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2015, 01:10:12 PM »
I think Jen's promised goat in her new book will be the only one ;D

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2015, 01:27:35 PM »
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Please do not let the goat in your next book be called Atku, even if you are offered untold wealth and decadent blandishments. Atku could shape-shift anytime he wanted and wreck your storyline at will.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2015, 01:58:21 PM »
More animals:

The dire wolves in ASoIaF. Loved them, and they felt very important at the beginning. The fact there's only 1 (?) left sort of shows to me how GRRM has followed the story wherever it has lead him, rather than from a initial set of fixed constraints. But I feel a bit let down that what seemed so important at the beginning becomes so much less so.

Bill the pony in LotR. Yes, he's a bit player, but he establishes Sam's character so clearly.

Shadowfax, the greatest animal name in Fantasy imo.

All of Watership Down.

The list could certainly go on and on.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2015, 01:59:32 PM »
Petition To @sennydreadful

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Please do not let the goat in your next book be called Atku, even if you are offered untold wealth and decadent blandishments. Atku could shape-shift anytime he wanted and wreck your storyline at will.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2015, 02:09:51 PM »
Hmm, let's start with the dragons.
Saphira from the Inheritance Cycle. She was fun.
I'm going to butcher the name if I try to spell it, but the dragon from Demon Wars. He's just awesome!
Other than dragons...
Oreseur from Mistborn when he's in the dog form. Just cool.
Ghost from Game of Thrones.
I'm sitting here trying to think of any other animals, but if I have to think about it for a while, then they probably didn't touch my heart all that much.