Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m putting my own spin on this week’s topic. I think the topic is supposed to be about historical or futuristic settings. That didn’t sound interesting enough for me, so I’m going to list some books/series that have peculiar settings.
Ten books with awesomely weird settings
1. The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
You all knew that this was going to be on the list. Let’s just get it out of the way immediately. The Wizarding World is probably my favorite fictional setting ever. Lots of awesomely weird stuff happens here. (Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, anyone?)
2. The Dark Tower series – Stephen King
These books were described to me as “sci-fi/fantasy/horror western,” and that’s exactly what most of them are. They have a Wild West setting, but with monsters, magic, robots, and general craziness.
3. Midwinterblood – Marcus Sedgwick
A creepy Scandinavian island where people are sacrificed to gods, reincarnated, and stalked by vampires (not the sparkly kind). Sounds pretty awesome to me.
4. Going Bovine – Libba Bray
Most of this story takes place inside the main character’s head as he’s dying from mad cow disease. The character goes on a road trip across the US with a punk-rock angel and a talking garden gnome. Yes, I’m totally serious. This is really what happens in the book.
5. Feed – M.T. Anderson
The characters go on vacation to the moon. Then they go on a date to a filet mignon farm, and the farm has a maze made out of raw steak. Who doesn’t want to wander around a giant meat maze?
6. The White Darkness – Geraldine McCaughrean
In this book, a teenager and her imaginary boyfriend try to survive in Antarctica. Yes, Antarctica. How awesome is that?
7. The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
This weird little book is set in an enchanted prison where goblin-creatures hug the warm urns of recently cremated death-row inmates. Also, there are horses.
8. The Martian – Andy Weir
Mars is just a strange place. Strange and very, very deadly.
9. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Most of this story takes place in a virtual-reality universe where people can do whatever bizarre thing they want. The characters spend a lot of time flying around in virtual spaceships, running from enemies, and solving 1980s-themed puzzles.
10. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
Parallel color-coded Londons with dangerous magic and crazy kings. There’s so much potential for weirdness. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Have you read any books with awesomely weird settings?