on 25 June 2003
This book is great..... in my opinion anyway, it offers an interesting insight into the minds of several prominent Fantasy authors including Terry Pratchett, Raymond E.Feist and Ursala K.LeGuin. It tells how these writters were in turn influenced by the most holy scriptures of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
This is a great book with some lovely illustrations from both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, it is a must for Fantasy buffs, wanna-be writters and Tolkien worshippers.
on 28 February 2003
This book is a fantastic collection of thoughts and reminiscences of many popular writers about their encounters with Tolkien's genius and how his epic work of a lifetime influenced their own works.
Tolkien, it cannot be denied, has influenced the entire fantasy genre, altering it beyond recognition, shifting 'fantasy' from the stuff of 'fairy tales' to epic proportions. Not only did he create languages for the peoples of his meticulously planned world but he created thousands of years of back history, born of his own imagination and a lifetime of work.
And whilst none of the writers who contributed to this collection can claim the right to Tolkien's crown as the master of the genre, his influence on their life and work is evident in their writing.
Buy this - it's superb!