Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, in which we muse about books and reading. Anyone can join in!
“This is a work of fiction. Still, given an infinite number of possible worlds, it must be true on one of them. And if a story set in an infinite number of possible worlds is true in one of them, then it must be true in all of them. So maybe, it’s not as fictional as we think.”
― Neil Gaiman (InterWorld)
Last week I wrote about four real book locations on my to-visit list. This week, I’m sharing four fictional places that I will only ever be able to dream about.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
A small, quaint village. A bustling, but not overcrowded, shopping street (unless the Hogwarts students are out). I can imagine myself on a winter’s day, marching through the snow, stopping off at Dervish and Banges to peruse their magical items and sending a postcard from the owl-filled post office. After some fun at Zonko’s joke shop and sweet from Honeydukes, I’d start feeling the cold right to my bones – so off to The Three Broomsticks for some warm butterbeer. And no trip to Hogsmeade would be complete without a browse of Tomes and Scrolls, a bookstore, or the Shrieking Shack (even if it’s not-so haunted anymore).
Interworld – Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
“Geometric shapes rolled and tumbled, changing into different forms or merging into one another; colours pulsed; the air carried the scents of honey, turpentine, roses… It was like a 3-D collaboration between Salvador Dali, Picasso, and Jackson Pollock. With a liberal dose of Hieronymus Bosch and the really cool old Warner Bros. cartoons thrown in for good measure.”
Interworld is the space between different places of reality. While many authors choose to describe this space as an empty abyss, the author of Interworld take the extreme opposite view – Interworld is a place outside the rules of our three-dimensional world. It’s indescribable (unless you’re Neil Gaiman or Michael Reaves who do a superb job). It’s impossible. But I have to experience it.
City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
The shadowhunters’ home country, nestled somewhere in Europe, hidden from mundanes. The country is all forest and plains, with a natural beauty rare on Earth. And in the centre of the country: Alicante, the capital. A city made of a glass-like material that repels demons. Shadowhunters raised in this country yearn to go back. It would be a magical place to visit.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The planet-making factory. Magrathea is a planet, and the Magratheans have one business: luxury planet building. They hand-carved Earth’s coastlines and raised the mountains. The enormity of a planet-building operation is more than my brain an comprehend. To see it first hand would be incredible.
Which magical worlds do you wish you could visit?