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Series Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction: Take Off Your Mask; It¿s OK to like Fantasy Chapter One: Story Down the Rabbit Hole: the Way from Here to Fantasyland Never Mind the Acne, I¿m Here to Save the World: Coming-of-Age Stories Magic 101: Memorable Systems of Magic Dizzy Spells: When Magic Goes Awry Domestic Disputes: Fantasy¿s Fickle Family Values End-Djinn Trouble: When Magic Meets Technology Fabulous: the Best Fantasy Derived from Familiar Fables Holy Grail, Batman! Amazing Quests for Magical Objects There and Back Again: Fantasy Where the Journey is the Story Games of Thrones: Fantasy¿s Most Devious Royal Intrigues Wander Lust: The Great Love Affairs and Romantic Pursuits of Fantasy Why Does This Baby Have a Tattoo? Prophecy and Fate in Fantasy ¿You Killed My Father, Prepare to Die!¿ The Fantasy of Revenge It¿s Not Nice to Fool with Mother Nature: Ecological Fantasy Poor, Poor Powerful Me: Accepting One¿s Power and Otherness Barbarians at the Gate: Invasion Fantasy Armageddon Out of Here: Fantasy¿s Furious Final Battles Sailing Into the West: Dying Lands and Races Once Upon a Time: Fantasy¿s Love Affair with Books and Storytelling Dangerous Minds: Marvelous Mental Powers Speak Softly and Carry a Big Sword: Fantasy¿s Memorable Weapons Riddle Me This: Fantasy¿s Fascination with Brainteasers To Hell and Back: Necromancy and the Afterworld in Fantasy Lyres and Lutes and Fiddles and Flutes: Music in Fantasy Curses (Foiled Again): the Making and Breaking of Fantasy¿s Worst Curses At an All You Can Eat Buffet, Don¿t Eat All that You Can: Great Books in So-So Series Down the Generations: Epic Family Sagas of Fantasy Chapter Two: Character The Fellowship is the Thing: Companions on a Quest Bosom Buddies, Odd Couples, and Dynamic Duos Chivalry in Flower: Fantasy¿s Most Noble Knights Developing Damsels, Not Distressed: Feisty Princesses and Tomboy Treasures Damsels Who Deal Distress: Women Warriors Conans for Librarians: Fantasy¿s Strongest Barbarian Warriors Wizards and Warlocks: the Wise, the Wily, and the Wacky Witches: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Among Fantasy¿s Women of Magic Absolutely the Worst: Fantasy¿s Most Detestable Villains Rogues¿ Gallery: Thieves, Assassins, and Other Charismatic Scoundrels Life in the Hood: Monks and Other Religious Figures in Fantasy Finding Courage: Fantasy Heroes Look Deep Within Animal Attractions: Fantasy Characters to Bring Out Your Wild Side The Care and Feeding of Magical Creatures: A Fantastic Menagerie Smaug Gets in Your Eyes: Fantasy¿s Formidable Dragons Just Off the Turnip Cart: Country Folk Who Make Good Bastards! And Other Returns of the King The Ancient Races: the Best Fantasy Featuring Dwarves and Elves The Long and Short of It: Giants and Little Folk . . .And Some Visits with Even Stranger Peoples and Races Ye Gods! Deities in Fantasy Rainbow Warriors: Cultural Diversity in Fantasy Looking for Some Hard-Headed Women: Fantastic Female Characters If They Hit You in the Head, Keep Your Wits Gathered about You: Resourceful Lead Characters Whiny, Self-Interested, and Undependable. . .I Can Relate to That: Fantasy¿s Antiheroes Chapter Three: Setting What a Wonderful World: Fantasy Settings You¿ll Long to Visit It Seems Like Old Times: the Best Fantasy of the Ancient World Eric the Well-Read: The Best of Viking Fantasy Cam-a-lot: The Many Faces of Arthurian Fantasy Medieval-Doers: Fantasy¿s Favorite Setting Celtic-kle Your Fancy: Fantasy in the Celtic Tradition London Calling: the Grand Tradition of Fantasy in an English Setting Easterns: Fantasy with the Flavor of Asia Steampunk: Forward Looking Fantasy in Victorian Settings Alternate America: Finding Fantasy in a New World Contemporary Style is Not Just for Furniture: Modern Worlds with Fantastic Spins Battle-Tested: Fantasy That Puts You in the Middle of the War Borderline: the Weirdest, Most Whimsical Trips into Fantasy Realms Fan-to-Sea: The Best of Nautical Fantasy In Forest Deep: Fantasy Journeys Into the Woods Urban Developments: Big City Fantasy Fantasy Underground: Dark Trips Into Dungeons and Deep Places Running Hot and Cold: Fantasy Thrills on the Thermometer It¿s All Academic: Fantasy School Books are Fun to Read Rated RPG: the Best Fantasy for Gamers Chapter Four: Mood Fantasy for Fantasy Lovers: Right Down the Middle of Genre Conventions Reinventing the Genre: the New Weird Smashing of Bone, Spurting of Blood: High Violence Fantasy Washing of Face, Breaking of Nail: Low Violence Fantasy Passing Fancies: the Best Fantasy to Pass Around to the Whole Family Tickle Your Fancy: Fantasy to Make You Giggle, Smirk, and Guffaw So Bad They¿re Good: Villains for Days When You¿d Rather Join in the Evil Laughter Bad-Ass Fantasy: Heroes Who Don¿t Take Anything from Anyone Flights of Fantasy: High-Flying Fantasy to Read on an Airplane Magic Between Two People: Fantasy for Romance Readers Steaming Up the Looking Glass: When Romance is Nice, but Sex is Better It Was the Dark Lord in the Conservatory with the Candlestick: Fantasy for Mystery Readers The Dark Fantasy Tradition: Spine-Chilling Fantasy for Horror Readers The Mythic Past: Great Fantasy for Historical Fiction Lovers Rocket Ship or Dragon Sticker? Fantasy for Science Fiction Fans Seriously Fantastic: Fantasy for Literary Fiction Readers Tiptoeing Hesitantly Into the Real World: Literary Fiction for Fantasy Readers Picture This: Graphic Novels of Fantasy for the Visually Inclined Fantasy Behind the Films: For Those Who Like to Compare Books with Movies Chapter Five: Language Magic Words: Fantasy Writers with a Gift for Language Worth an Epic Effort: Complex Fantasy to Challenge the Reader Frothy Fun: Lighter-Than-Air, Easy-Reading Fantasy Repartee Animals: Dialogue-Driven Fantasy Elevated Muses: High-Tone, Genteel Fantasy The Slangs and Argots of Misfortune: Gritty, Low-Tone Fantasy Details of Sound and Fury: High Description Fantasy Signifies Everything It¿s All About Me: Fantasy in the First Person When Groan Men Scry: Puns as a Fantasy Tradition Reading Aloud Allowed Slow Build to a Big Finish: Fantasy for Four A.M. Finales Fast-Paced, Can¿t-Put-¿Em-Down Fantasies Never-Ending Stories: Lots of Pages but Worth the Weight Never Toss a Dwarf: Fantastic Fantasies with a Low Page Count Appendix 1: Suggested Trilogies and Other Series The Magic of Threes: Fantasy¿s Best Trilogies Let¿s Make the Magic Last: Series that Hold Up from First Book to Finish Appendix 2: Award-Winning Fantasies World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel Locus Award for Fantasy Novel Mythopoeic Award Winners¿Adult Novel Mythopoeic Award Winners¿Children¿s Literature Fantasy Novels that Won the Hugo Award Fantasy Novels that Won the Nebula Award Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Fantasy fiction, American -- Bibliography.
Fantasy fiction, English -- Bibliography.
Fiction in libraries -- United States.
Readers' advisory services -- United States.
Public libraries -- United States -- Book lists.