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on 25 March 2016
Fantastic read - full of humour and advise on all the clichéd tropes to avoid when writing your fantasy narrative. A great little pocket-sized book.
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VINE VOICEon 9 July 2014
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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on 14 November 2012
This is a must have book for any writer of fantasy. It will bust any clichés which have made their way into your work.
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on 18 April 2007
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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on 13 February 2015
Whilst this is amusing, it's not a gripping read for its own sake, and serves most usefully as a reference manual for anybody looking to construct a trope-laden fantasy universe, likely to be a parody.

It's fun, I'm glad I got it, but it's not the amazing masterwork I'd been lead to believe.
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on 18 August 2015
My daughter is happy... So I'm happy
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on 26 July 2000
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 warned.
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