Fluent in Fantasy: A Guide to Reading Interests

Overview

The rich and complex genre of fantasy fiction appeals to readers of all ages. Designed for readers' advisors and collection development specialists in public, school, and college libraries, this in-depth guide expands upon the material on fantasy fiction offered in Genreflecting. Herald offers a historical and structural overview of the genre, describes 15 subgenres and a score of variations within them, and lists the best and most current reads available in the fantasy arena. Descriptive entries contain ...

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Overview

The rich and complex genre of fantasy fiction appeals to readers of all ages. Designed for readers' advisors and collection development specialists in public, school, and college libraries, this in-depth guide expands upon the material on fantasy fiction offered in Genreflecting. Herald offers a historical and structural overview of the genre, describes 15 subgenres and a score of variations within them, and lists the best and most current reads available in the fantasy arena. Descriptive entries contain information about pertinent review resources, bibliographies, criticism, awards, and organizations. An author/title and subject index help provide easy access to specific titles and authors and an appendix lists recommended fantasy titles for young adults. A must for readers' advisors and collection development specialists, this book will also be valuable to writers, researchers, bookstore owners, and dedicated fans of fantasy fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Librarians new to reader's advisory and unfamiliar with the fantasy…genres will find [this] guide very helpful…Describes 15 fantasy subgenres…listing for each the best and most current books available."

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Library Journal

"For those libraries that…prefer the GENREFLECTING approach to genre fiction…Recommended for high-school and public libraries; FANTASY AND HORROR is recommended for academic libraries as well."

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Ref Bks Bulletin

"Comprehensive yet easy to use, this book is an indispensable guide for middle and high school librarians as well as those in public libraries. Young adults themselves can easily glean the information they need from this well-organized, clear guide."

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VOYA

"*Her emphasis is on the story and its place in the genre rather than publication data."

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Ref & Research Book News

"This useful book begins by providing a definition of fantasy and a history of the genre."

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School Library Journal

"The general reader…will find a guide not only to the most popular titles but to some neglected classics."

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Sci Fi Research Review

"This comprehensive resource defines and organizes the many subgenres of fantasy literature. Annotations and recommended lists of titles with keywords help readers to find similar books.This accessible guide is easy for teens to use themselves."

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VOYA

Library Journal
Librarians new to reader's advisory and unfamiliar with the fantasy and romance genres will find these two guides very helpful. Herald, a consultant specializing in genre fiction, expands on the fantasy material she discussed in Genreflecting (1995) and describes 15 fantasy subgenres (from Sword and Sorcery to Dark Fantasy), listing for each the best and most current books available. Revising and expanding her Happily Ever After (1987), Ramsdell, LJ's Romance columnist, thoroughly covers the genre from early classics to contemporary novels. She also includes subcategories not discussed in the previous edition (Regency, alternative reality romance, ethnic/multicultural romance). Both volumes feature recommended core collections, author, title, and subject indexes, and other useful resources.--WW Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
This useful book begins by providing a definition of fantasy and a history of the genre. Subsequent chapters provide descriptions and annotated lists of titles in various subgenres including "Sword and Sorcery," "Saga, Myth, and Legend," "Alternate and Parallel Worlds," and "Graphic Novels." The selected titles come from many sources, including library and bookstore patrons, award winners, and reader polls. There is also a chapter on resources such as bibliographies, biographies, atlases, online resources, organizations and conventions, and awards. A glossary of common fantasy vocabulary, the "YALSA-BK Best Fantasy for YA List," and a recommended core collection are appended.-Marlyn K. Roberts, Codman Square Library, Dorchester, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Expanding on the fantasy part of her in-depth guide to fiction , former librarian Herald describes books and story anthologies for young adults in 15 subgenres, such as sword and sorcery, humor, shared worlds, and dark fantasy. Her emphasis is on the story and its place in the genre rather than publication data. She also lists many resources for librarians and teachers, offers a recommended core collection with full bibliographic citations, and a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563086557
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/1999
  • Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DIANA TIXIER HERALD, a former readers' advisory librarian, is a consultant and lecturer from Grand Junction, Colorado, who specializes in genre fiction. She currently serves as Chair of the ALA Young Adult Services Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee and has been elected to the Margaret A. Edwards Committee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Overview of the Genre 9
Ch. 3 Sword and Sorcery 15
Ch. 4 Saga, Myth, and Legend 49
Ch. 5 Fairy Tales 65
Ch. 6 Humor 73
Ch. 7 A Bestiary 79
Ch. 8 World of Faerie 89
Ch. 9 Contemporary Fantasy 93
Ch. 10 Alternate and Parallel Worlds 101
Ch. 11 Time Travel 121
Ch. 12 Paranormal Powers 125
Ch. 13 Graphic Novels 137
Ch. 14 Celebrity Characters 141
Ch. 15 Shared Worlds 145
Ch. 16 Dark Fantasy 157
Ch. 17 Fantasy Featuring Detection 163
Ch. 18 Romantic Fantasy 169
Ch. 19 Short Stories 173
Ch. 20 Resources 181
App. A The Vocabulary of Fantasy or Common Conventions 201
App. B The YALSA-BK Best Fantasy for YA List 205
App. C Recommended Core Collection 209
References 217
Author/Title Index 219
Subject Index 253
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