- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: Olympic Marketing Corp (Nov 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385188889
- ISBN-13: 978-0385188883
- Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 24.6 x 1.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,642,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
After the introduction there is one of the most important pages in the book: a listing of the works set in the mileaus described within, complete with authors. I have yet to see a more useful list of reading suggestions in the sub-genre of classic fantasy.
And, finally, the bulk of the pages is occupied by the sections on the settings themselves. Sections on Middle Earth, Atlantis, Lost Worlds, Peake's Gormenghast, Urth, Earthsea, Thomas Covenant's the Land, Moorcock's Elric, and Robert Howard's Conan stories, cover the setting's idealogy, works of literature set in these mileaus, the author's mindset, and detail the chief events outlining these settings. Accompanying illustrations seek to further elucidate the settings. Oddly enough, several cornerstone settings are inexplicably absent (most noticeably, McCaffrey's Pern and Zelazny's Amber).
In a nutshell, these overviews are tepid invitations to enjoy the genre of fantasy. This book serves out its purpose well.