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Fantasy: Travels - Larry is the first book of the series Fantasy: Travels. The book starts with Larry - that was... unexpected - a young librarian who wanted some time off his work in the register room before he goes insane. However, in the eve of a long holiday, he provokes an accident in the register room where he finds a blank book that transports him to another world - or plane of existance as the narrator calls it.

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Yet, it was not a complete accident since there are a group of elders observing his movements and were responsible for his transport. Eventually Larry wakes up in Feralis, where he meets the Guardian of said book and, Volpi, a shy fox who ends helping him. After spending some time working there and knowing the plane inhabitants, he saves Volpi from a failed experiment and is dragged again to another plane.

Next stop is in Omir and then Galway, where they help to solve a problem involving coma patients and malign spirits. Thanks to this, the innocent swordswoman Ailith join their ranks and they are dragged to Illura. There they find Lykke, the mage and end up captured by the fairies. Managing to escape they are dragged - thanks to the elders' spells - to other random planes until they arrive in Latalie where the party is forced to split up.

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In the meanwhile the elders have a argument that ends quite badly and provokes some split up as well.

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  • Adorkable: Volpi. Also, this is what saved him during his judgement.
    Tipstaff: The defendant, Renard Volpi, is accused of invading the fairy country with his friend Larry Heiber.
    Liekki: Tipstaff?
    Tipstaff: Yes, milady?
    Liekki: Please, add that he's also being accused of being extremely cute.
  • Anti-Hero: Larry - Type 3
  • Anyone Can Die: The main hero and three of the five elders suffered from this.
  • Badass Grandpa: The elders are implied to be this, especially when Elder vaporizes castle Hemir in its fullness with one of his spells. Also, when he transformed "The Sand Sea" in Ormelid into a paramo when he was younger.
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  • Badass Long Coat: Larry invokes this trope.
  • Berserk Button: Everyone in the book appears to have one. Yet, Larry's low tolerance for stupidity is what appears the most.
  • BFS: Ailith's sword
  • Bloodier and Gorier: It goes this way during the last chapters.
  • Break the Cutie: By the end of the book.
  • Captain Obvious: Alongside the lemony narration.
  • Child Prodigy: Volpi counts as this since he built a biplane aircraft, alone. Also, see Expy below.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Larry managed to kidnap princess Sybila and escape from the trial because he still had the knife mister Schubert gave him. Also, Larry's disproportional legs saved him from a death in a battle he would never win
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The narrator and some of the elders. Especially Alten after the "mushroom soup"
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Subverted - Volpi is so shy that he needs to build a lot of courage just to not stutter.
  • Deal with the Devil: At the end of the book Larry signs a contract to be able to use magic, which made him Ax-Crazy
  • Dirty Old Man: During a scene where Sybila and Larry are taking a bath, the narrator interrupts the story just to tell us that the elders are drooling.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Larry's and Alten's book count as this, if one is to put all the information he/she wants on it.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Played with. When Larry and Volpi where arrested, Larry asked for their spare clothes since the duo was soaked. Adler thought it was a trick and gave Larry the wrong set of clothes. It happened that Larry was betting on this trope and got his clothes with the knife mister Schubert gave him, which allowed him to threaten the princess life and escape his judgement.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Lampshaded. The narrator tells that Temple Haud system - MarySueTopia of healers - could work in our plane, however it would take an insurmountable amount of time, just like "Temple Haud" took to form itself.
  • Lemony Narrator: So much that he interrupts a battle scene to ask if you ate his pancakes. Yet, to be fair, he also asks you if you want anything to drink or eat during some passages of the story.
  • Long-Lived: Although never revealed how much they lived, it's implied that the elders are there for a long time.
  • Sea Monster: Although it swims on rocks, the giant moray counts as it.
  • Self-Deprecation: The narrator says that one of his lame puns are beyond forgiveness.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Ailith is implied to be this, since she was recently born from a ghost witch and a sword spirit
  • Shout-Out: To many works, but the first most noticeable goes to Portal:
    Larry: "Calm down, Larry. The cake doesn't exist. It is a lie..."
  • Spoof Aesop: After they've offered to bring a delinquent to justice, Larry's company endures hours of march just to arrive with him and discover it was an elaborated joke. The narrator then gives us this: "Moral of this story, do not visit Bipon in the plane of Serif. Bipon is the region not the village, only to clarify, but the region is known to have more villages like this one. Full of jerks that want to prank people with good will."
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Senyvas has no grasp of basic syntax.
  • The Fair Folk: In judge Liekki's words:
    Larry: Why is this thing with fairies and kidnapping? Why in this country even an outlander like me must kidnap someone?
    Liekki:You could say it's a fairy way of life.
  • Take Our Word for It: The narrator does this.
  • True Companions: Conversed. Volpi says that they are already a family.
  • Unusual Chapter Numbers: The book starts with chapter "?" goes on a sequence of "I; I.1; II; II.1" and so on. Eventually finishes with "?.?" and if you're counting the author's rant, it ends with "Time Paradox"
  • Walking the Earth: Despite being dragged from location to location, it's implied that Larry wants to do this.
  • You Gotta Have Rainbow Hair: Lykke. Justified since she is a fairy.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Adler.
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