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Encyclopedia of Fantasy [Hardcover]

John Clute , John Grant
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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3 April 1997
Covering books, films, television and the ever-increasing panoply of related media, this encylopaedia provides a reference work on the genre of fantasy. It contains a collection of critical viewpoints.

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  • Hardcover: 1049 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857233689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857233681
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.8 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 647,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Clute is an award-winning SF and fantasy critic and in 1994 received the Pilgrim award for distinguished contributions to the study of science fiction. He is the co-editor of the acclaimed Encyclopedias of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful reference work. 16 April 2013
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There will be many people out there who love fantasy for one reason or another. This encyclopedia is an extremely useful reference book published in 1999 embracing the whole field of fantasy. You name it -it's in there. Keeping it up to date would probably be a full time job for someone.It has recently been put on the net but it's still a great book to have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for any serious fantasy fan 20 Nov 1999
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This is an excellent, wide-ranging survey of the fantasy field. It covers everything you could think of: authors, films, television, comics, art, and major themes of the genre. As well as being highly informative, this is an encyclopedia that's genuinely entertaining to read. The editors have strong opinions about what makes good fantasy (ie not recycled pseudomedieval garbage), and that comes through strongly in some of the 'theme' entries. John Grant's movie reviews are also worth looking out for; they can be very funny at times!
Of course, it's not perfect. Any encyclopedia is out of date even before it's published (this only goes up to 1996), and something you look for is bound to be missing. Some entries attempting to define types of fantasy, or elements of its structure, can also be confusing. Many of these are written by John Clute, and he tends to use quite obscure words which will have you reaching for your dictionary in puzzlement. The entries on the structure of fantasy often refer to each other, making it hard to get a handle on the subject, espescially if you aren't familiar with the examples referred to.
Having said that, this is still the best single-volume reference work on fantasy, and I'm sure it will continue to be so for years to come. Worth reading, but a bit pricey..., so you may be better off with the paperback or looking for it in the library.
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