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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
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Nov 20, 11

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Read from November 06 to 20, 2011

This was absolutely lovely! It's pretty tongue-in-the-cheek about commonly used patterns found in fantasy (I personally found myself comparing it to TV tropes, only without specific mentions of certain novels). Some terms actually got me thinking: yes, they tend to use leather and cotton in fantasy lands, but where exactly do these come from as we never see cotton fields or herds of cows?
The book is written as though you are on a Tour through Fantasyland yourself, filled with helpful entries on things you will encounter (you can't avoid becoming a slave at some point) and things you should avoid (oh, and armours are cheating).
Overall, I think this is a lovely little book to read from A to Z, or just to look things up in once in a while after you've read about a Tour through a certain Fantasyland to see how things match up. Or y'know, just a nice book to open and read a few entries of whenever you're bored.
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11/06/2011 page 56
22.0% "Gosh, this is wonderful in all of its subtle snarkiness. I know this is probably more like a reference book than something you should read start to finish, but I'm still gonna read it like I would read a normal book - don't want to miss a thing. It's also such a nice little book to hold!"
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