So usually Tuesdays are when I do a Top 5 Tuesday topic by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. This Tuesday, I wasn’t a fan of the prompt and couldn’t figure out how to get started after a few hours of staring at my screen (in-between snack runs, of course), so I decided to do a topic I’ve seen bouncing around the blogger world. I believe it comes from the Top 5 Wednesday GoodReads Group. Don’t worry; I’ll be back next week with more stuff from BBW!
Spaceship Repair With Naomi Nagata (Leviathan Wakes)
Naomi has gotten her captain out of far too many scrapes to count with her engineering skills. The further you go into the Expanse series, the more you see Naomi saving other peoples’ butts with her kickin’ engineering ability. I feel like she’s more than qualified enough to teach a class on it. Best of all, you won’t have to buy any materials: you’ll have to repair your spaceship using only what you can find around you. After all, there are no repair shops in the middle of space.
The Art of Illusion with Gemma Doyle (A Great & Terrible Beauty)
Is there anything better than being able to hide right under your enemy’s nose? Of course not. That’s why you’ll need Miss Doyle to teach you the rules of the art of illusion. She’s very good at it: after all, she disguises her best friend, Ann Bradshaw, as one of London’s high society people. She’ll teach you how to maintain your disguise, and how to make sure your disguise is fool-proof. Don’t let the fact that you’re essentially invisible distract you from being able to keep your story straight!
Dystopian Government with Sam Temple (The Gone Series)
After all the adults disappear from the FAYZ, Sam becomes the unofficial leader of Perdido Beach. He’s gotta figure it out quickly, and now he’s here to teach you in the same way. You might be thrown into some simulations, you might have to figure out how to keep your class’s snack supply from dwindling, or he might come up with something completely different. The FAYZ is unforgiving, but at least Sam grades on a curve. Most of the time.
Survival 101 with Mark Watney (The Martian)
Watney spent a couple of years up in space, all alone on Mars. He knows how to handle himself, and he’s about to teach you how to handle yourself. Surviving in the wilderness on Earth is going to be a lot easier than attempting to survive in Mars’ unforgiving climate. Watney will teach you how to grow your own potatoes, what plants are poisonous and what plants aren’t, and how to purify your own water. Honestly, this guy survived on Mars after everyone thought he was dead; surely you can trust him to teach you how to survive in our native environment.
Survival 201 with Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice & Fire)
So you figured out how to survive the environment, great. But what about a different sort of survival, one where you’re not actually stranded in the woods at all but you have to figure out how to survive in a deadly political environment? Half-Man has you covered. He’ll teach you everything from political mystique to how to confound people by talking in circles but never actually saying what you mean. He survived A Song of Ice and Fire, after all; I think he knows what he’s talking about.
So what do you think? I’d certainly take a survival class with Tyrion Lannister, and probably one with Mark Watney, too. Actually, I’d take all of these classes. They’re all pretty interesting, and you could stand to learn a lot from someone.
What about you? What five classes would you like to take, either based on books or taught by specific characters? Let me know in the comments!
We’ll return to our regular Top 5 Tuesday topics next week!
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