Top Ten Tuesday (7/24/2012)

I was so excited about today’s top ten Tuesday I spent large amounts of time yesterday thinking on it.  For me the topic of “Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books” boils down to the 10 worlds/settings that struck me enough that I would want to visit.

Middle Earth

“Twilight was about them as they crept back to the lane. The West wind was sighing in the branches. Leaves were whispering. Soon the road began to fall gently but steadily into the dusk. A star came out above the trees in the darkening East before them. They went abreast and in step, to keep up their spirits.”
Le Cirque des Rêves

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”

“She began to walk forward, crunch-crunch over the snow and through the wood toward the other light. In about ten minutes she reached it and found it was a lamp-post. As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of the wood and wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming toward her.”

“On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro’ the field the road runs by
To many-tower’d Camelot; …”

“Of all the delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawly, you know, with tedious distances between one adventure and another, but nicely crammed. When you play at it by day with the chairs and table-cloth, it is not in the least alarming, but in the two minutes before you go to sleep it becomes very nearly real. That is why there are night-lights. ”

“The cyclone had set the house down very gently — for a cyclone — in the midst of a country of marvelous beauty. There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich and luscious fruits. Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes. A little way off was a small brook, rushing and sparkling along between green banks, and murmuring in a voice very grateful to a little girl who had lived so long on the dry, gray prairies.”

“Suddenly the sun broke through the cloud cover and the gray dissolved into dense greens and browns, living colors, the live greens of lush tropical growth, the browns of vigorous trees and vines.”

“Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, …”

“To make matters worse, some of the books had actually become migratory. In the nineteenth century Brakebills had appointed a librarian with a highly Romantic imagination who had envisioned a mobile library in which books fluttered from shelf to shelf like birds, reorganizing themselves spontaneously under their own power in response to searches. For the first few months the effect was said to have been quite dramatic. A painting of the scene survived as a mural behind the circulation desk, with enormous atlases soaring around the place like condors.
But the system turned out to be totally impractical. The wear and tear on the spines alone was too costly, and the books were horribly disobedient. The librarian had imagined he could summon a given book to perch on his hand just by shouting out its call number, but in actuality they were just too willful, and some were actively predatory. The librarian was swiftly deposed, and his successor set about domesticating the books again, but even now there were stragglers, notably in Swiss History and Architecture 300-1399, that stubbornly flapped around near the ceiling. Once in a while an entire sub-category that had long been thought safely dormant would take wing with an indescribably papery susurrus.”

“And the fleet of little boats moved off all at once, gliding across the lake, which was as smooth as glass. Everyone was silent, staring up at the great castle overhead. It towered over them as they sailed nearer and nearer to the cliff on which it stood. “Heads down!” yelled Hagrid as the first boats reached the cliff; they all bent their heads and the little boats carried them through a curtain of ivy that hid a wide opening in the cliff face. They were carried along a dark tunnel, which seemed to be taking them right underneath the castle, until they reached a kind of underground Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)harbor, where they clambered out onto rocks and pebbles.”


J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) The Night Circus Chronicles of Narnia Box Set Le Morte Darthur (Norton Critical Editions) The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition)  (The Annotated Books) The Annotated Wizard of Oz  (Centennial Edition) The Dragonriders of Pern The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition The Magicians (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (7/24/2012)

    1. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and The Magician King. Hands down my favorite reads last year.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy this weeks topics and had fun find quotes which illustrated the places.

    1. I was trying to think outside the box this week. Spent way more time on this then I care to admit. 😀
      Thanks for stopping by.

  1. How could I forget Oz! Sigh. That world.

    And absolutely yes Hogwarts and Middle Earth, I think they deserve to be on all of the TTT lists this week.

    I like that you included quotes with each place listed 🙂
    My TTT

    1. So many good worlds to pick from. Love your list and promise if I ever find The Night Circus I will let you know. That was one of the most powerful settings for me ever as well.

  2. Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello. =) Can’t wait to read more of your reviews!

    1. I am so behind on reviewing I think that my Thursdays might be taken over for a while by reviews as well as my 50 word Fridays. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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