The Tough Guide to Fantasyland
This authoritative A-Z constitutes an essential source of information for all who dare to venture into the imaginative hinterlands. It provides acute insights into such mysteries as how HORSES reproduce, the varying types of VIRGIN and the importance of CLOAKS to those wondering about going on a... show more
This authoritative A-Z constitutes an essential source of information for all who dare to venture into the imaginative hinterlands. It provides acute insights into such mysteries as how HORSES reproduce, the varying types of VIRGIN and the importance of CLOAKS to those wondering about going on a quest with a fellowship (of the Ring or otherwise). Features include: * A map. * Lively background on those you will meet, including: BARBARIAN HORDES, lots and lots of wild-seeming people advancing under a cloud of dust in order to devastate more civilised parts and ELVES, who claim they did not evolve like humans ...Certainly there seems to be no such thing as the Elvish ancestral ape. * Full details on the catering arrangements: BEER always foams and is invariably delivered in tankards. What do you mean, 'it tastes awful'? The Management is not concerned with the taste of it. That is your funeral. * Useful hints on coping in Fantasyland: ARMOUR is generally regarded as cheating. TORTURE is obligatory at some stage.
Publish date: 2004
Pages no: 243
Edition language: English
A mock tour through the tropes of the Tolkien-imitating high fantasy genre, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland is a gem of a book, poking fun at the homogeneity and general lack of commonsense that tends to prevail in Fantasyland. (How does the economy support itself? What's happened to all the wildlife...
With all due respect to Mr. Eddings, I will be re-reading The Belgarion with a new outlook. ;-)
Jones was working on a fantasy encyclopedia with some other guys, and they kept making jokes about fantasy tropes. One of them said she should write her own encyclopedia. So she did. And then, after that, she used the idea of other-world fantasy tourism as the basis for the two Derkholm books, which...
This is hilarious, an absolute must for every fantasy writer. The book is a mock A to Z guide of the tropes of fantasy. Now and then, I just open it randomly for a dose of laughter, read a few entries starting with different letters, giggle, and close it again, till next time. As I writer, I can say...
3.5 starsAn encyclopedia of common epic fantasy fiction. The writing is enjoyable though there are some repetition. Can't be apply to all fantasy fiction, but I find many of the tropes is interesting and some has appeared a lot on fantasy RPG game's story, though.
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