May 25, 2007


A discussion which began yesterday over at Library Thing asked:

At the end of the Elantris discussion topic (the last one), there is a short discussion about favorite familiars, and I figured that (or they) deserved a separate topic.

There are lots of familiars that I like, such as Merlin's string bracelet (I can't remember it's name...) from the second half of Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles, Max from Christopher Stasheff's Her Majesty's Wizard and cats from various books - Faithful from Song of the Lioness quartet, Morwen's cats from Enchanted Forest Chronicles, etc.

But my personal favorites are Philip Pullman's daemons and Anne McCaffrey's fire lizards.

Astonishingly to me, it made it through 17 replies with no one mentioning Pyewacket.

Fun fact about the movie version of Bell, Book and Candle: Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs had supporting roles. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak played the leads, of course.

Who among you fantastic fiction readers has a favorite familiar?

Posted by Linkmeister at May 25, 2007 01:43 PM | TrackBack

Hmmm. I have to second Merlin's bracelet (alas, I can't remember it's name either), but I actually have to say my favorite (that comes to mind now, ala the Zelanzny's Merlin reference, that Ghost Wheel is towards the top of my list. And yes, I would be happy to argue that Ghost Wheel's a familiar.

Another one that's high on the list, though it is quite arguably not a familiar as it belongs to a non-magic user, would be Vimes latest disorganizer imp, in Thud. . .

Posted by: DuWayne at May 29, 2007 04:18 PM