OT-ish: "A defense of fantasy, with a reading list"
jenwahsung at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 5 23:07:50 EDT 2001
it's a lovely article, but note that it contains what
seems like a spoiler for Neil Gaiman's new novel,
_American Gods_. it may be one of those facts which
becomes clear very early on in the novel, because
otherwise i can't imagine the author of the article
just coming out and saying it like that, but it's
something i did not realize [having seen the press
releases, looked some at the website, and read the
jacket blurb], and wish that i had not been told, as
it is likely to change my perception of the book and
its characters once i swallow the price enough to
acquire and devour a copy.
--- Ruth Pitt <ruthssp at earthlink.net> wrote:
> This rather nice essay appeared in a recent
> Washington Post Book World.
> It's by Michael Dirda, a senior book reviewer for
> the Post, who is also
> a big science fiction adn fantasy fan. There's no
> DWJ on his suggested
> list of 10 works meant to "appeal to people who care
> only for
> 'literature'," but of the works he does mention, the
> ones I recognize
> are quite good - Little, Big; "His Dark Materials";
> Gormenghast. It
> makes me think that maybe I ought to try some of the
> - Ruth
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