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Brilliantly twists the knife in post-Tolkein fantasy tropes,
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This review is from: The Dark Lord Of Derkholm (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
The Tough Guide To Fantasyland was created when Diana, confined to hospital, read an outline for The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and decided that a satire was in order. That worked well; making a novel out of its running gags was brave, but succeeds brilliantly, with some fine charcterisation and a wicked willingness to send up the authorial ham-fistedness that marks so much modern fantasy. Comparable to Pratchett at his best.