The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

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The definitive edition of a cult classic by the legendary Diana Wynne Jones.

Imagine that all fantasy novels--the ones featuring dragons, knights, wizards, and magic--are set in the same place. That place is called Fantasyland. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland is your travel guide, a handbook to everything you might find: Evil, the Dark Lord, Stew, Boots (but not Socks), and what passes for Economics and Ecology. Both a hilarious send-up of the cliches of the genre and an indispensable guide for writers, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland has been nearly impossible to find for years. Now this cult classic is back, and readers can experience Diana Wynne Jones at her very best: incisive, funny, and wildly imaginative. This is the definitive edition of The Tough Guide, featuring a new map, an entirely new design, and additional material written for it by Diana Wynne Jones.

World Fantasy Award Finalist

A Hugo Award Finalist (Nonfiction)

Publisher: New York : Firebird, c2006.
Edition: Rev. and updated ed.
ISBN: 9780142407226
Branch Call Number: YAPB NF JON
828.914 JON YA
Characteristics: 234 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.


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Jan 15, 2015

Be your tastes Forgotten Realms, TOR fantasy, or J.R.R. Tolkien, this book satirizes the all-too-common cliches that appear in works of myth and legend. A perfect companion to any fantasy novel.

lkeke35 Oct 25, 2013

I never read the Darklord of Derkholm(?), but I have read a lot of fantasy over the the years so I wouldn't say that reading that was an absolute requirement. I understood this just fine and yes, its hilarious. If you read amy kind of high fantasy than that's enough to at least recognize some of the tropes parodied here.

angm Apr 01, 2011

I would actually say the opposite - the Dark Lord of Derkholm makes more sense if you've read the Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Anyhow, very funny book. Even stereotypes I didn't recognize make me laugh, and the ones I did made it an even more satisfying read.

Nov 16, 2010

While this book does stand alone quite nicely as a tongue-in-cheek comment on fantasy stereotypes, this book makes more sense if you have read the Dark Lord of Derkholm first.

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