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Offline carjug

Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:54:41 PM »
Clifford Ashley's Book of Knots.
"Huh? This is a FANTASY SITE lurker-boy, geddout of here! "
No really. And google the Great Wall of China on the internet. The Chinese place names have lots of Xs and Js and silent Hs. Just like Fantasy names.
" Where are the overlord people? "
And look up a weapon book, and an old sailing book in the library. Neato, yeah?
"Restraining order. "
Phileppa Gregory writes good books about rela Princesses who are subjected to Tyrion style abuse and chains across harbors.

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Re: Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 10:37:33 PM »
48 Laws of Power for a zillion reasons.
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Re: Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2017, 03:02:42 PM »
Glen Weldon's The Caped Crusade featuring Batman's history and evalution.

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Re: Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2017, 04:14:01 PM »
For anyone writing fantasy set in a Medieval world, C. S. Lewis' "The Discarded Image" and "Allegory of Love" are both great works to give you a glimpse into the medieval world view, mindset, and literary traditions. Especially the former I found invaluable in understanding just how complex and fascinating the Medieval understanding of the cosmos was, proving very fertile for my own world building.
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Re: Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2017, 02:19:24 PM »
On a kick of reading this stuff lately:

  • Titus Chalk's Generation Decks - a history of Magic the Gathering
  • KJ Parker wrote essays on swords, sieges and armor, all collected in Academic Exercises
  • Roger Luckhurst is a really entertaining academic, highly recommend his work - his books on mummies (The Mummy's Curse!) and Zombies (er, Zombies!) are particularly fun
  • Steven Connor's Paraphernalia is a history of magical objects, just reading it now, really... Pretty fun![/i]
    • Michael Moorcock has written a ton about fantasy books as well as his, er... fantasy books..., essays collected in Wizardry and Wild Romance, and his 100 Best Fantasy Books is basically just a collection of reviews of classics from 18th century - 1980
    • Farah Mendlesohn, Adam Roberts and ST Joshi are all academics who write about fantasy - Roberts is also a (very talented) author, and I find even his non-fiction prose really funny. Joshi's kind of a strange one, I don't agree with him on everything, but books like The Weird Tale are really great. And Mendlesohn's History of Fantasy won a ton of awards, with great cause.

    I've got more, but those are fun ones...

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Re: Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2017, 09:55:08 PM »
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Re: Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 01:02:53 PM »
I think that so.