Review published on February 20, 2018.
What a lovely book! This is a beautifully illustrated journey through nearly 100 imagined worlds. You can easily spend hours just browsing, enjoying finding out more about books you know and discovering new ones to explore. A wide definition of fantasy is taken so we have The Odyssey, Don Quixote, Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island, 1984, The Moomins and Harry Potter and many more wonderful books. It is organised chronologically and divided into five chapters starting with Ancient Myth and Legend. After Science and Romanticism, The Golden Age of Fantasy and the New World Order, we come to the present day with books from the Computer Age. When browsing. the main delight of the book is the lavish illustrations but when you can tear yourself away from them and get round to reading about the books you find that it is very well written and researched with fascinating descriptions of the backgrounds and influences of these works.
I thought every page was a delight whether I was learning new things about a book I know or being enticed to discover one I hadn’t met before. This is one of the most beautiful and interesting books about books I have come across and will be going straight on to my shelf of favourites. It would make a great present but I won’t be giving this one away!
Berwyn Peet 5/3
Literary Wonderlands by Laura Miller
Modern Books 9781911130345 hbk Oct 2017