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A Guide to Fantasy Literature by Philip Martin
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Nov 09, 10

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Read from November 01 to 09, 2010

This little book is a good basic introduction to fantasy literature, breaking the elements down for both those who want to understand it more, and for those who wish to write fantastic literature - and for those like me who want to do both. Lots of good quotes, and Martin has his fantasy priorities straight, referencing the Inklings and those who are of similar mindsets. Lewis and Tolkien make frequent appearances, but also Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, Lloyd Alexander, George MacDonald, Madeleine L'Engle, Ursula le Guin, Brian Jacques, Susan Cooper, etc. Most pleasant of all were the occasional cameos by Charles Williams and William Butler Yeats.
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