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The Encyclopedia of Fantasy chapter 1 The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, meaning The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, genre The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, book cover The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, flies The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy b6f0cca7c8264 This Huge Volume Is The First Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of The Fantasy Field Not Only Does It Describe The Genre Authoritatively, But It Redefines It, Offering An Exciting New Analysis Of This Highly Diverse And Hugely Popular Sphere Of Art With Than , Entries And Over One Million Words, This Volume Covers Every Aspect Of Fantasy Literature, Film, Television, Opera, Art, And Comics Written And Compiled By A Team Of Editors With Unparalleled Collective Experience In The Field, It Is An Invaluable Reference For Anyone Interested In The Art Of The Fantastic This Paperback Edition Includes Thirty Two Pages Of Update Material Obtained Since The Hardcover When To Press


10 thoughts on “The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

  1. says:

    So, what magic did this book work on me to earn its five amazing stars What sense of wonder did it stir Mostly, it showed me how different fantasy is from all the other genres including science fiction Or, sometimes, it gave words to my already itching intuitions Such as this one Subversive literary form , the urge to change the reader , to show readers how to perceive are, each and everyone, stepping stones, springs from which I launch myself in my quests for the Next Book Almost a decade ago, I argued that one of the purposes and greatest merits of genuine, not derivative fantasy is to expand our senses, sharpen our power to observe While science fiction whets our reasoning and power to extrapolate In a world which is growing ever complex chaotic, if you will , the skill to be prepared for the unexpected is becoming vital.There s much in this encyclopedia such as the empowering function of fantasy stories to make us live through archetypal states and situations, and thus arrive at newer, vaster stages of our selves but I m short of time, and frankly, I d rather get on with my To Read list It swelled by over 20 titles as I went through the entries here I m an extremely picky reader, researching and cross checking each potential Next Book so you may well find 200.Read it especially the Theme entries and find your new paths to explore Fair winds and following seas


  2. says:

    I was working on an A Level English coursework project about fantasy literature when I came across a cheap copy of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy at a book sale on holiday The book had been published only a year or so before a full price copy would have been well out of my budget, but I could afford to take a chance on the sale copy and it turned out to be one of the best purchases I ever made It s difficult to put into words just what it felt like to read The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and be swept away by its enthusiasm and knowledge For one thing, the book is incredibly wide ranging it has entries on individual authors, artists, films and TV series different types of fantasy motifs used in fantasy stories, and besides flick through the pages around the entry on Tolkien, for example, and you ll also find entries on tall tales, three wishes, Mark Twain, tricksters, Time Bandits, trains and it s great for browsing, because there s always something else interesting nearby And the Encyclopedia is great for discovery, because it brings together so many different things, and finds links where one wouldn t necessarily expect to see them I ve certainly found plenty in its pages that I wanted to investigate, and I still have a lot of investigating to do Something else I particularly like about The Encyclopedia of Fantasy is that it s not just descriptive it has its own idea of what makes good fantasy it should release or evencatapult the reader into new areas of the imagination, as John Grant puts it in one entry , one that doesn t map neatly on to the published category When I started reading it, I found that the Encyclopedia s way of thinking chimed pretty well with my own developing taste I also appreciated its prose style, which managed to sound knowledgeable without being stuffy These became strong influences on the way I think and write about books, and some of that influence is still there today The Encyclopedia of Fantasy did to shape me as a reader than just about any book before or since.


  3. says:

    A 1999 encyclopedia with an extensive overview of fantasy Not only movies, authors, and magazines, but also themes From FOREST and EDIFICE to THINNING.The thematic entries have a lot of interesting stuff Though, since they do have a concept of fantasy, works that do not match their template may be discussed with the sound of an ax grinding Also some ax grinding on personal topics.


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    If there is a better reference work for the fantasy genre, I don t know what it is This was last updated in the late 90s and the authors have said that it will not be updated in print again it will be online only That s a shame for paper lovers like me I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent in the company of this, paging back and forth between entries Sure, clicking through a website is easier in some ways, but thus far that hasn t materialized Virtually every writer and novel that I ve ever heard of that could be considered part of the genre is in here the authors seem to have missed nothing You can probably get both this and its science fiction companion quite cheap now, and I would highly recommend them if you have any interest in the byways of the fields One thing I really like is that neither book discriminates against the literary figures Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, etc who sometimes are given short shrift in genre geeky references The writing is generally serious, and I like the fact that objectivity isn t always the highest goal no matter how popular a book or author may be, Clute et al are not afraid to cut them down to size, though never maliciously A genuinely great combination of scholarship and fandom.


  5. says:

    One of the must haves for anyone who collects fantasy or just enjoys reading.


  6. says:

    It has taken some time but I finally got finished I never realized just how all encompassing the genre of fantasy truly is.


  7. says:

    This book has been an amazing help with all my questions, concerns It was worth every penny It is set up like an Encyclopedia with terms listed in alphabetical order The amazing listings are detailed and list trend settings, novels, television shows and movies The fantasy race definitions include the origin of the creature original oral myths and legends , traced their evolution and list important writers and works that have presented them in different ways This has also been an excellent source for terminology I do not understand and helps me differentiate between terms like dystopia and apocalypse There are listings for books, writers, television shows and movies, as well as terminology In addition to fantasy, it includes some limited information on science fiction and a lot of entries on horror I can t live without it now.


  8. says:

    Another pivotal book in my life I found a cheap copy in a book sale, at just the right time, when I was really beginning to form my tastes in reading It opened my eyes to so many books and authors and, importantly, a way of thinking about fantasy fiction that really strucka chord with me It s great to browse through, too serious and knowledgeable, but also well written and even very funny in places.I still have that copy I bought in the book sale The spine needs repairing and the jacket is long gone but I won t part with the book I don t think it s an exaggeration to say that The Encyclopedia of Fantasy has had influence on me as a reader than has any other book.


  9. says:

    Makes the fantasy end of speculative fiction worthy of serious consideration Develops its own reading of subgenre through deployment of a coherent lexicon thinning, the land, wrongness, and so on The lexicon was likely developed through the reading of Tolkien and other classics and less through acceptance of terminology of folklorists such as Propp, though that kind of influence is manifest also Nifty in its identification of many sub subgenres of fantasy, and useful in making distinctions between high fantasy, epic fantasy, sword sorcery, revisionist fantasy, and the other fifty or so items.Indispensable for those who think speculative fiction is serious business.


  10. says:

    There should be a six star rating for this, it s that good, too Does your admiration of genre go beyond the level of OMG, Tolkien s elves are awesome Then this is for you It s arrangement of entries might not to be everyones liking, but deal Writing about it makes me want to go home and curl up with for a bit of random browsing Bought my copy at Fruggles, which was an overstock and seconds bookstore chain that s gon and probably cost me 5.