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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny satire on fantasy
This book is laid out as an encyclopedia to help tourists in Fantasy Land. It lampoons classic stereotypes found in fantasy novels, including those written by Diana Wynne Jones.
A previous reviewer got the impression that the book is about fantasy role playing games, which is not the case. Certain entries refer to "pamphlets" which actually means...
Published on 16 Nov 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Disappointment. I bought this expecting a book about fantasy novels (having read and enjoyed some of the author's), but it turns out to be a book about fantasy role-playing games.
Mildly amusing, perhaps, but it's an in-joke about a world I've never visited and probably never will. If you like fantasy role-playing games, you may perhaps like this book. If not, be...
Published on 26 July 2000


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny satire on fantasy, 16 Nov 2000
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This book is laid out as an encyclopedia to help tourists in Fantasy Land. It lampoons classic stereotypes found in fantasy novels, including those written by Diana Wynne Jones.
A previous reviewer got the impression that the book is about fantasy role playing games, which is not the case. Certain entries refer to "pamphlets" which actually means "fantasy novels" as is obvious when reading the entries that imply that your tour will last through three pamphlets. The convention of writing in the second person and addressing the reader as a person who will actually, physically travel into fantasy land may have confused this reviewer.
In any case, I'm having great fun both reading the book and applying its categorizations to other fantasy books I'm reading and have read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, 27 April 2005
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L. Arrowsmith "Evaine" (Hay-on-Wye, town of books) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
This book is great fun. Diana Wynne Jones gives a comprehensive run down on all the cliches of fantasy fiction, including musings on the unique properties of horses in Fantasyland, the origins of elves, and why fantasy characters don't wear socks.
It really is very, very funny, and it's also a good guide to what to avoid if you're thinking of writing your own fantasy epic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh, 16 Mar 2001
This is a dictionary of everything you may find on your travels through fantasy novels. The entries on the different qualities of such items as swords, cups, jewels and other talismans was hilarious. buy this book if you love fantasy novels. Much as I love them, there are so many silly things in them, and Diana Wynne Jones sends them up beautifully. You can't get cross with her if she does ridicule something you have a sneaking love for, because she writes this kind of thing herself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will never read fantasy with a straight face again, 27 July 1999
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This alphabetical guide to travelling in Fantasyland has everything you need - Official Management Terms (trademark); all the people you will ever meet; The Map; and the compulsory double-cross-reference. You will never read fantasy novels with a straight face again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, 21 April 2005
This review is from: The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
Absolutely a must read for those who like parodies, it's also a plus if you like fantasy novels as I found myself nodding along at some points.

It's set out alphabetically as things you're likely to encounter on your "tour" of fantasyland obviously based on "The Rough guide to..." series.

As the authour is a writer of fantasy fiction herself the book must be read as intended with tongue firmly in cheek.

If you like parodies and have read some fantasy stories you WILL like this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No fantasy novel will ever be the same again!, 12 Dec 2002
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Add fun to your perusal of fantasy literature by acquiring and examining this essential guide! A wickedly funny look at cliches and conventions of fantasy writing, presented as a dictionary. Look up Food, of Horses, or Lost Heirs, and reread your well thumbed copy of The Belgariad, or Lord of the Rings, or indeed any fantasy, and see these books in a new, wry but affectionate light. Then read DWJ's Dark Lord of Derkholm, and Year of the Griffin; in these, she puts her observations into practice.
Recommended by Terry Pratchett himself (according to the cover)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary item in luggage, 18 April 2007
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Gry Heidi Nordhagen (Norway) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
Do you read Fantasy, and do you have a sense of humor? This is an _absolutely can't do without_ type of item in your luggage for your next foray into the realms of the Fantastic.

Or you can use it to savor earlier journeys into Fantasyland. All with tongue firmly planted in your cheek.

I just _love_ this book. It is not a book to be read through in one sitting. You will get an overdose of DWJ's humor that way - but if you read it slowly, in pieces, savoring each entry (and sometimes going back to read earlier entries) you will get the most out of this book . All the way from groans through giggles to outright belly laughs. And yes, if you do not already have it, I heartily recommend that you buy it. Soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This little guide satirises all of the main fantasy tropes ..., 9 July 2014
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This little guide satirises all of the main fantasy tropes with gentle humour and self-deprecation, well worth a look for any fantasy fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply hillarious xD, 4 Feb 2014
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Contains what you already knew and what you don't know (and maybe didn't need to know) about fantasy. It is not a serious fantasy-encyclopedia, but rather a fantasy-cliché-book. Simply hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dictionary of sorts, 30 April 2013
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Mrs. P. Archell-thompson (London) - See all my reviews
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This little book is an excellent guide to the world of Fantasy particularly in regard to games playing and Sword and Sorcery style fiction. Diana Wynne Jones is both entertaining and enchanting. Worth a space on your bookshelf.
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