10 Fictional Jobs I Would Love (and rock at!)

Posted 2nd March 2021 by Sia in Top Ten Tuesdays / 0 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Check out upcoming Top Ten themes on Jana’s blog!

Today’s prompt is Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had, and as a fantasy reader, it was very hard to narrow it down to just 10!

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

Look, if ‘dragon captain’ isn’t on your list, then you’re doing it wrong. The captains in the Temeraire series might not share any kind of psychic bond with their dragon companions, but that doesn’t make their connection any less magical. And I mean, come on. Who doesn’t want to be a dragon rider?

Swept Away (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #1) by Josepha Sherman, Gwen Hansen


When her eccentric friend Dr. Reit invents an amazing transport into other worlds, Sheila McCarthy accidentally falls through the portal into the kingdom of Arren. There, Sheila finds herself part of a band of warrior-women. Astride unicorns, they gallop toward a dazzling city made of marble. But will they arrive in time to stop the evil king and his wicked wizard henchman from carrying out their deadly plans? And will Sheila ever be able to return home?

Thus begins the spellbinding story of an ordinary teenager trapped in an extraordinary place.

Listen, I am equally happy to be a dragon rider or a unicorn rider. I would be delighted with either one.

The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence, #1) by K.D. Edwards

Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home.
With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam's relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune's Court. In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family's death and the torments of his past?

‘Scion’ isn’t really a job so much as a title of rank in the Tarot Sequence world, but if you’re the right kind of Scion (like Rune!) then it is a job, with plenty of responsibilities – and I’d like to think I’d be the kind of Scion that would make Rune proud. Magic, wealth, influence, longevity, and the possibility of a soul-bonded Companion? Just point me towards the sign-up sheet, thanks.

The Gift (The Books of Pellinor, #1) by Alison Croggon

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, a gift that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfolds. Now she and her teacher, Cadvan, must survive a punishing and uncertain journey through a time and place where the dark forces they battle with stem from the deepest recesses of other-worldly terror.

Kind of like the Tarot Sequence’s Scions, the Bards of the Pellinor verse are something you’re born, not a job you can train for. But also like Scions, it’s a role that’s supposed to come with a long list of responsibilities, not least of which is taking care of the earth and the people who live on it. Bards make the world more beautiful by taking care of everybody in it, and they deify the arts. So…magic, being able to talk to animals, all the epic poetry I could ever want, and free rein to take care of people??? Yes please!

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, Nghi Vo's The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.
A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.
Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor's lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.
At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She's a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.

The monks of Singing Hills travel around collecting stories and recording literally everything. With talking-bird companions. And they get to be agender. HI YES WHERE DO I SIGN???

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

From Annalee Newitz, founding editor of io9, comes a story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we'll go to protect the ones we love.
1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend's abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.
2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes she's found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost.
Tess and Beth’s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timeline--a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout the timeline?

Time-traveller whose goal is to alter time to make it more (intersectionally) feminist??? Fuck yes!

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine, a witch, and Laurence Armstead, a mad scientist, parted ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. But as adults they both wind up in near-future San Francisco, where Laurence is an engineering genius and Patricia works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever growing ailments. But something is determined to bring them back together—to either save the world, or end it.

Using magic to punish jerks is pretty literally what I spent my teen years daydreaming about, and I would love to have that job. I admit avoiding Aggrandizement might be an issue.

Angelology (Angelology, #1) by Danielle Trussoni

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her care was entrusted to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at twenty-three, she discovers a 1943 correspondence between the convent's late mother superior and the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller that plunges her into a secret history stretching back a millennium: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim. Blending biblical lore, the Miltonic fall of the rebel Angels, the apocryphal Book of Enoch, and the myth of Orpheus, Angelology is a luminous, riveting tale of ordinary people caught up in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

I have been fascinated by angels for a very long time – blame my Roman Catholic upbringing, I guess – and I would be happy as anything tucked away in secret archives doing research and writing papers on angelic music. I would be a terrible field agent, for sure, but the research role??? Perfection!

Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles by Taisia Kitaiskaia

With a strange, otherworldly style, poetic clarity, and striking honesty, Ask Baba Yaga contains beautifully skewed wisdom to be consulted in times of need.

Dear Baba Yaga,

I think I must crave male attention too much. I fear that, without it, I would feel invisible.

When you seek others this way, you are invisible nonetheless. Yr shawl is covered in mirrors in which others admire themselves; this is why they greet you so passionately. It is good to be seen, but it is better to see. Find a being to look hard into, & you will see yrself and what is more than you.
 In age-old Slavic fairy tales, the witch Baba Yaga is sought out by those with a burning need for guidance. In contemporary life, Baba Yaga—a dangerous, slippery oracle—answered earnest questions on The Hairpin for years. These pages collect her most poignant, surreal, and humorous exchanges along with all-new questions and answers for those seeking her mystical advice. 

Pleeeeeeeeeease let me a wild witch who answers an Agony Aunt column. Please. I would be so good at it. I promise I’d only tell them to eat their boyfriends if the boyfriends deserved it!

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

A dinosaur detective in the land of unwanted ideas battles trauma, anxiety, and the first serial killer of imaginary friends.
Most ideas fade away when we're done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from? Tippy the triceratops was once a little girl's imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they're too Real to disappear. Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas - until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there's nothing left but imaginary corpses.
File Unders: Fantasy [ Fuzzy Fiends - Death to Imagination - Hardboiled but Sweet - Not Barney ]

No, I don’t want to be a detective ex-imaginary friend – but I would love to be the person who runs the bar for ex-imaginary friends. Can you imagine all the ridiculously cool and strange things you must have on-tap at a place like that??? And you would hear all the stories! And probably be expected to come up with magically weird cocktails, which would be so much fun! And I would give Tippy all the root-beer floats he wants for free, for always, because he totally deserves it.

What fictional job would YOU love to have?

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