Fluent in Fantasy

A Guide to Reading Interests

by Diana Tixier Herald

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June 1999

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 260
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools

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.

Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series

Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.


"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."—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."—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."—VOYA

"*Her emphasis is on the story and its place in the genre rather than publication data."—Ref & Research Book News

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

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


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