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Tuesday Althing: A Guide to Fantasy Literature

Welcome to another Tuesday Althing! Today, a little something for fantasy enthusiasts in the crowd — and perhaps something for people who don’t read fantasy fiction. Or do you, and you just don’t realize it?

A Guide to Fantasy Literature by Philip MartinOne way to find out is to pick up a copy of Philip Martin’s newly updated A Guide to Fantasy Literature: Thoughts on Stories of Wonder & Enchantment.

In the book, Martin breaks down the major fantasy subgenres and includes interesting quotes from icons of the greater genre: Tolkien, Le Guin, L’Engle, C. S. Lewis.

For me, the coolest thing about the book wasn’t reading (more) about those greats but instead being reminded of just how many literary treasures fall squarely beneath the fantasy umbrella. Treasures like The Wind in the Willows or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Even if you haven’t read any Tolkien, odds are good you’ve read one or more of those.

Another thing I really enjoyed about the book is the number of writers and works cited, many of which I wasn’t familiar with before. Now I’ve got a handy fantasy to-read list sitting on my shelf, all nicely packaged indeed!

If you want to join a conversation about the topic of fantasy literature, stop by Martin’s blog and check out some of the interesting posts:


Thanks for stopping by! Come back this Thor’s Day for Ragnarok, Part II.


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