The Tough Guide to Fantasyland
by Diana Wynne Jones
Review by Gayle Surrette
Puffin Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0142407224
Date: 05 October, 2006 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Okay, I have to admit I missed this gem the first time it appeared in print. So, I can't tell you how much it's been revised or added to. However, I can tell you that after reading The Tough Guide to FANTASYLAND, you'll never be able to read another fantasy again, especially the standard quest tales, without harking back to the Guide. Jones takes a look at the fantasy genre and then extracts the common elements and presents them as you'd find in a standard guidebook to any country on Earth. From official release/information:
Book Description: Imagine that all fantasy novels—the ones featuring dragons, knights, wizards, and magic—are set in the same place. That place is called Fantasyland. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland is your travel guide, a handbook to everything you might find: Evil, the Dark Lord, Stew, Boots (but not Socks), and what passes for Economics and Ecology. Both a hilarious send-up of the cliches of the genre and an indispensable guide for writers, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland has been nearly impossible to find for years. Now this cult classic is back, and readers can experience Diana Wynne Jones at her very best: incisive, funny, and wildly imaginative. This is the definitive edition of The Tough Guide, featuring a new map, an entirely new design, and additional material written for it by Diana Wynne Jones.