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Land of Unreason

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On Midsummer's Eve, as everybody knows, you should leave a bowl of milk out for the fairies. Unfortunately - or fortunately - Fred Barber, an American diplomat convalescing in Yorkshire, didn't take the obligation with proper seriousness. He swapped the milk for a stiff dose of Scotch. So he had only himself to blame if the fairies got a bit muddled.

Barber found himself in
Paperback, 205 pages
Published March 28th 1979 by Dell Books (first published 1942)
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Aug 19, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
"Land of Unreason" first saw the light of day in 1941, in a shorter form, in "Unknown" magazine; it was later expanded to novel length. Just as there is a genre of science fiction known as "hard" sci-fi, as typified by the works of Hal Clement and Larry Niven, this novel impresses me as a "hard" fantasy novel. Not only do authors deCamp and Pratt usher us into Fairyland, and show us the court of Oberon and Titania, but we are also shown all manner of elves, sprites, nymphs, fairies, ogres, kobol ...more
Despite the "fantasy fairyland" setting, the wry, lightly humorous tone, the more-than-occasional vocabulary word, and meticulously ornate dialog, this was a blindingly fast read that hides literacy and depth. It reads like fairytale, moving from weird encounter to the next, all quickly enough that any particular situation never overstays its welcome.

The dream logic to the story (especially at the mind-twisting ending) rings true to fairytale logic, where in opposition to our world, the rules of
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Nov 26, 2009 Keith Davis rated it really liked it
Another fun lighthearted fantasy from L. Sprague de Camp. Not my all time favorite, but I stumbled across an autographed paperback at a used book store, not even marked as autographed. One of the prizes of my collection.
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May 26, 2013 Craig Herbertson rated it it was amazing
Top class fantasy in which Fred Barber,an an American diplomat recuperating in England during World War II, drinks a bowl of milk intended for the fairies and unwittingly gives them his whisky instead; kidnapped Barber finds himself in the Land of the Faerie.

Faeryland is in trouble and his diplomatic skills are employed by King Oberon. He undertakes a quest in the service of Oberon, the fairy king and finds his rational and logical mind beset by the illogic of his enemies.

Whimsy is often rather
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I read this as an audiobook. I think maybe it requires more attention.
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Lyon Sprague de Camp, (Pseudonym: Lyman R. Lyon) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and biographer. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors.He was widely regarded as an imaginative and innovative writer and was an important figure in the heyday ...more
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