Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays (8)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Today's Teaser:

FARMING obviously takes place, since produce appears in the MARKETS, and the Tour will sometimes take you past cultivated fields. But most fields will have been trampled or burnt by ARMIES, or else parched by magical drought. Dairy farming seems very rare. This probably accounts for the extreme dullness of most meals in Fantasyland (see STEW, FOOD, STEW, SCURVY, STEW, etc.).

~ page 69 - The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones
If you're a fan of fantasy novels, you'll probably get a kick out of this book. It's not a novel (so I'm not going to be posting any reviews of it). It's more like an A-to-Z guidebook that points out (in a funny way) the things that so many fantasy novels share: settings, characters, magic, food, etc.

For some reason, I now have a craving for stew...


  1. Great teaser!

    I'm a big DWJ fan but haven't heard of this one. I must hunt down a copy :)

  2. This is a great teaser. I never even knew there was a book out there like this. I am curious as to what all else is in it. I have been thinking on things that are common in fantasy books lately and this teaser is sooo true. I may have to go looking for this book to check it out.

    Thanks! Great teaser.