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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland This Authoritative A Z Guide Constitutes An Essential Source Of Information For All Who Dare To Venture Into The Imaginative Hinterlands, Providing Acute Insights Into Such Subjects As The Varying Types Of Virgin, Why High Priests Are Invariably Evil, How Dark Lords Always Have Minions, And Why Cooks All Have Filthy Tempers Whether You Re A First Time Visitor Or A Veteran Fantasyland Traveler, The Tough Guide To Fantasyland Has Everything You Need To Get The Most From Your Tour, Including What To Do When You Re Captured By A Goblin, Where To Find A Healer When You Re Stricken With The Dreaded Plague, And How To Obtain The Magic Sword Which Will Protect You From Those Pesky Barbarian Hordes.


10 thoughts on “The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

  1. says:

    If you have read at least a handful of traditional fantasy books, no doubt that most of the tropes found in this mock A to Z Fantasyland encyclopedia travel guide will be familiar to you You can read this book in a traditional way front to back cover, or just pick up any entries at random it s just as entertaining It s hilarious and so true, and yet not condescending or malicious, and does not ever degenerate into ridicule.The Guide touches on everything you expect to see in your generic f If you have read at least a handful of traditional fantasy books, no doubt that most of the tropes found in this mock A to Z Fantasyland encyclopedia travel guide will be familiar to you You can read this book in a traditional way front to back cover, or just p...


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    In The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, Diana Wynne Jones doles out such indispensable advice as how to tell whether a PERSON is good or evil by their COLOR CODING, what to expect during the various stages of your TOUR, the importance of NAMES if you don t have one, you will always be killed sooner or lat...


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    DWJ Book Toast, 5Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death I can t say I m overcome with emotion as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.A DWJ Book Toast, 5Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death I can t say I m overcome with emotion as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.And that swhat I m going to do She s left behind a huge body of work, a large amount of which I haven t read yet, so I m going to reread all my old favorites and hopefully some new.A hilarious send up of the Fantasy genre, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland acts like a guide to all tourists setting out on an package trip adventure in Fantasyland, and outlines the locations and people from Anglo Sax...


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    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 amused me no end.So I like the ideas here Food it s always stew, never a steak, never an omelet , and I agree with Gaiman that if one were to write a work of fantasy it d be a good idea to go throu 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 amused me no end....


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    Absolutely hilarious The bit about the pollinating horses is probably my favourite No, I will not spoil it for you You ll have to read it to see what I mean


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    This is a wonderful, wonderful book It s the perfect antidote to all those terribly solemn tomes full of wizards speaking portentously, hidden heirs to the kingdom, the sort who instantly become amazingly adept with a sword, and tediously earnest quests for magic McGuffins In the guise of a guidebook with a map naturally , it s actually an encyclopedia of fantasy tropes Instead of a proper review, I can t do better than to give some examples Quote ENDLESS QUEST See QUEST, ENDLESS.NUNNERI This is a wonderful, wonderful book It s the perfect antidote to all those terribly solemn tomes full of wizards speaking portentously, hidden heirs to the kingdom, the sort who instantly become amazingly adept with a sword, and tediously earnest quests for magic McGuffins In the guise of a guidebook with a map naturally , it s actually an encyclopedia of fantasy tropes Instead of a proper review, I can t do better than to give some examples Quote ENDLESS QUEST See QUEST, ENDLESS.NUNNERIES ...


  7. says:

    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 that if you write fantasy, you can t avoid at l...


  8. says:

    I m cheating I m moving this book to my read shelf and giving it a rating even though I haven t finished it I don t think you can finish reading this book anythan you can finish reading a dictionary, an encyclopedia, or a tour guide I can t even tell you how much of this book I have read This is like a mini dictionary of fantasy concepts You ll be reading an entry and it will refer to other entries You ll read thos...


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    I just got this and I ve only read a couple paragraphs not even a full page mind you and I can t stop laughing And I m talking about what LOL means not what you actually do This is literally an A to Z reference book, or evenspecifically, a dictionary No chapters, unless you count the breaks between letters I ve just gone from one thing that was mentioned at the beginning and read a couple definitions that were semi interrelated as in one definition mentioned a word that I looked u I just got this and I ve only read a couple paragraphs not even a full page mind you and I can t stop laughing And I m talking about what LOL means not what you actually do This is literally an A to Z reference book, or evenspecifically, a dictionary No chapters, unless you count the breaks between letters I ve just gone from one thing that was mentioned at the beginning and read a couple definitions that were semi interrelated as in one definition mentioned a word that I looked up elsewhere Hilarity I can already tell that I love this book.Take this Gnomic Utterances These are traditional, and set at the head of each section of the Guidebook The reason for them is lost in the mist of HISTORY They are culled from the Management from a might selection of wise sayings probably compiled by a Sage probably called Ka a Orto o some centuries before this Tour begins The Rule is that no Utterance has anything whatsoever to do with the section it precedes Nor, of course, has it anything to do with Gnom...


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    At its best this is hilarious, piercing and painfully accurate All of our favourite and least favourite fantastical tropes are impaled, pinned to the ground and ruthlessly ridiculed for the repetitive and overused cliches that they are But it s also a little too much of a good thing Hard as i...