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The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 18 Nov 2004
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An A-Z of fantasy tropes, motifs and cliches. Blindingly funny. (Jon Courtenay Grimwood The Guardian)
The latest in the hugely successful Gollancz Parody seriesSee all Product description
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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.
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.
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.
Recommended by Terry Pratchett himself (according to the cover)