Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tough Traveling - Law Enforcement

Tough Traveling is a fun meme that aims to tour all the tropes big and small, abhorred and loved that are littered across the fantasy (and science fiction) landscape. It was conceived of and is hosted by Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn and here's how it's explained on the blog: 

Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This Week's Topic is Law Enforcement:
Seems odd to think that in fantasy cities in which entire economies revolve around crime there is room for the men in blue (or crimson, or whatever). But the law does the best it can, even when faced with magic, mystical creatures, or rogue deities.
Once I got going these just started to flow and I'm sure I missed TONS.  I bet there will be some on everybody's lists but there are enough books with this trope that I'm guessing there will also be variety.

1) The City and The City by China Mieville

So there's two cities that share the same space and the denizens of each must "unsee" everything in the other city.  But when a murder victim from one city is dumped in the other city, law enforcement on both sides get involved.  It's a wacko book in the best sort of way. 

2) Peter Grant Series by Ben Aaronovitch

Peter is a London copper that has the strange ability to see and speak to ghosts so he is recruited into a very special branch of the London constabulary.

3) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

The Chequy is more spy agency than law enforcement really  - the paranormal equivalent of MI6 or the CIA but I'm counting it because I like it and I want to.

4) The Lovegrove Legacy series by Alyxandra Harvey

The Order are meant to police the hidden magical community in Regency Era England but they are kind of big jerkwads.  This is a YA series that I ADORE and that hasn't had nearly enough interest.  Debutante witches in Regency England topped with a murder mystery.  AND a magical boarding school.  What more can you want?  Please go out and buy 50 copies of both books in this series because I'm really afraid the publisher is going to drop it before it's finished, okay?  Thanks!

5) The Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson

Another fun YA series that like the Peter Grant series includes a special branch of the London police meant to investigate supernatural stuff.  In the first book its a spirit re-enacting the Jack the Ripper murders.

6) Fables series by Bill Willingham

Bigby Wolf and the Beast serve as the Sheriff of Fabletown at different points during this awesome Graphic Novel series' run.  

7) The White Council in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Here's another "sketchy-group-meant-to-police-wizards" which seems to be a pretty common trope all on its own.  Even though Dresden is a good guy, the White Council do NOT like him.

8) The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

Meyer Landsman is the main character and a homicide detective in a Jewish State established in Alaska in this alternative history novel.  

9) Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next Series.

Thursday Next is everybody's favorite Literary Detective in The Department of Jurisfiction, tracking down a kidnapped Jane Eyre and generally keeping order in an England where fiction is as real as... well...real life. 

Obviously my mind got pretty stuck in Urban Fantasy.  It will be interesting to see where others' come up with!  There are more lists and links at the Fantasy Review Barn!

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