A Guide to Fantasy Literature:
Thoughts on Stories of Wonder & Enchantment

by Philip Martin (Crickhollow Books, 2009)
Trade Softcover, 144 pages, 6″ x 9″
$16.95 • Literary Studies / Fantasy • ISBN: 978-1-933987-04-0
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A Guide to Fantasy Literature is a wide-ranging look at the magic of fantasy storytelling and why it delights and enchants readers of all ages. The book discusses the nature of the best writing, from tales of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia to many other examples of classic high fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy-tale, magic realism, and adventure-fantasy tales.

The book examines the major building blocks of fantasy fiction, and discusses the purpose and popularity of fantasy literature today. Includes material from interviews and samples of outstanding passages from the writings of the best fantasists, drawing an inclusive picture of a vibrant literary community across the ages.

Praise for the original edition (A Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature):

“A genuinely valuable book, intelligently assembled and edited.”
— Peter S. Beagle, World Fantasy Award winner

“Rich with insights, thorough and knowledgeable, it’s the best and most reliable guide to a multi-faceted subject. In addition to all-around excellence, it offers the essential components of lucidity and common sense, of usefulness and practicality. At heart, it’s a work of deep love and understanding of a powerful literary genre.”
— Lloyd Alexander, Newbery Award winner

“The book is really practical and stimulating—unlike many in the field.”
— Joan Aiken, winner of the Guardian Award

Note: This is a substantially revised new edition based on an earlier work, A Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature (ISBN 0-87116-195-8), originally published 2002 by The Writer Books, now out of print.

The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature: From Dragon’s Lair to Hero’s Quest
edited by Philip Martin
The Writer Books (2002); 220 pages; $16.95

“Recommended for academic libraries supporting broad writing programs and all public libraries.”
Library Journal

“Practical and undogmatic . . . so well done that my recommended list [of books for writers] just got one book longer.”
— Charles de Lint, in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine

“I hope lots of young writers find this book—it’s a great deal of fun to read, and has some very sensible advice.”
— Patricia A. McKillip, World Fantasy Award winner

“This is a terrific book for fantasy writers of all levels. Highly recommended.”
The Internet Writing Journal

“A sharing of practical creativity. . . . interwoven with a wonderful dialogue of what defines the genre without actually boxing it in. . . . I found this book immensely satisfying.”
— Marianne Plumridge, for http://www.infinityplus.co.uk


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