The Tough Guide To Fantasyland Book Review



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Review:

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland was recommended to me by one of my college friends because of my fondness for the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and it is hysterical! Popular fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones has written a fictional “travel guide” for “Fantasyland,” a typical sword-and-sorcery or high fantasy setting, that hilariously eviscerates many of the fantasy genre’s favorite cliches and stock phrases. This book will get funnier the more fantasy novels you’ve read, but even a passing acquaintance with the Lord of the Rings movies or similar should be enough to get a few chuckles of recognition out of you.

If you like this book, I also recommend The Book of Weird, by Barbara Byfield, which is very similar but focuses more on fairy tale cliches (i.e. princesses always come in sets of 1, 3, 7, or 12) than those of the modern fantasy genre, and The Top 100 Things I’d Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord.

My rating: (5 / 5)

 

Dave Barry Slept Here Book Review



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As a lifelong history nerd, Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States is my favorite Dave Barry book. It’s the type of parody that gets funnier the better you know the original, and as someone reasonably knowledgeable about US history, I found it hysterical!

Though his use of footnotes doesn’t quite beat Terry Pratchett’s, definitely make sure you read them! I also enjoy the chapter headings. A sampling:

  • Deflowering a Virgin Continent
  • The Forging of a Large, Wasteful Bureaucracy
  • Deep International Doo-doo
  • Severe Economic Bummerhood
  • The Sixties: A Nation Gets High and Has Amazing Insights, Many of Which Later Turn Out To Seem Kind of Stupid

My rating: (4.5 / 5)