The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

  • Title: The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
  • Author: John Clute John Grant
  • ISBN: 9780312198695
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy 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
    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 4,000 entries and over one million words, this volume covers every aspect of fantasy literature, film, television, oThis 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 4,000 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.

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    About John Clute John Grant


    1. John Frederick Clute 1940 is a Canadian born author and critic who has lived in Britain since 1969 He has been described as an integral part of science fiction s history Clute s articles on speculative fiction have appeared in various publications since the 1970s He is a co editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction with Peter Nicholls and of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy with John Grant , as well as The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction, all of which won Hugo Awards for Best Non Fiction Clute is also author of the critical essay collections Strokes, Look at the Evidence, and Scores His 1999 novel Appleseed, a space opera, was noted for its combination of ideational fecundity and combustible language and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book for 2002 In 2006, Clute published the essay collection The Darkening Garden A Short Lexicon of Horror.


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    1. 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:/quotes/1259382"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 Boo [...]

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    2. 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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    3. 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 b [...]

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    4. 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 tha [...]

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

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    6. 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 [...]

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    7. 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, more 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 ja [...]

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    8. 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 more 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 distincti [...]

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    9. Need a big book to find all the questions you have about SF and F? This is it. It's an actual encyclopedia and it's a tome. A perfect antidote for geeks and newbies alike, writer and readers too, and any one curious about almost any element of speculative fiction.Get your glasses out since the pages are crammed with text, and expect a work out. This is a BIG book.Its section on fairies was fantastic!(btw - thanks Seak!)

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    10. The tragedy of this book is that it was published before Harry Potter, clueless Bella and Jackson's Lord of the Rings films appeared. The value of the book is that an exhaustive collection of writers, artists and film-makers are gathered into one book (and yes, books are still more user friendly than )and the whole genre is presented in a lively, considered and academic way. if you want to discover new novels, missed films and exotic artists, this is the book to have. Try ebay.

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    11. 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.

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    12. Well, I can't say that I've "read" it, per se' it's an encyclopedia. But, I have read large portions of it and have pored over it for many a happy hour. John Clute has done an amazing job coming up with a reference that is truly "encyclopedic." Anyone who is truly serious about the genre of Fantasy ought to have it on their shelf.

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    13. This and the companionThe Encyclopedia of Science Fiction were indispensable in my bookshop. These two books made me appear much smarter than I really am (and they make great geek-out reading. People who own more than two dictionaries will probably know what I mean).

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    14. Sure, I haven't read this entire book, but I've read some, and that is excellent! Very useful and inspiring, in fact, the only problem is that its an encyclopedia from 1997a lot of water has run under the bridge since then!I wouldn't mind an updated versionease!

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    15. Slightly less out-of-date than its sibling, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, and surprisingly broad. It's good to know that fantasy is more than just a sword and a smile.

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    16. This book should never be very far from you.

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    17. An indispensable book for anyone interested in the field.

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    18. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy is a must have resource for the fan of Fantasy literature.

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    19. Simple really, the leader in authoritative knowledge on the subject.

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    20. Good all around source. Includes infromation on authors as well as themese, styles, and stock characters.

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