Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings Stefan Ekman

ISBN: 9780819573230

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284 pages


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Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings  by  Stefan Ekman

Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings by Stefan Ekman
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Fantasy worlds are never mere backdrops. They are an integral part of the work, and refuse to remain separate from other elements. These worlds combine landscape with narrative logic by incorporating alternative rules about cause and effect orMoreFantasy worlds are never mere backdrops. They are an integral part of the work, and refuse to remain separate from other elements.

These worlds combine landscape with narrative logic by incorporating alternative rules about cause and effect or physical transformation. They become actors in the drama--interacting with the characters, offering assistance or hindrance, and making ethical demands. In Here Be Dragons, Stefan Ekman provides a wide-ranging survey of the ubiquitous fantasy map as the point of departure for an in-depth discussion of what such maps can tell us about what is important in the fictional worlds and the stories that take place there.

With particular focus on J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings, Ekman shows how fantasy settings deserve serious attention from both readers and critics. Includes insightful readings of works by Steven Brust, Garth Nix, Robert Holdstock, Terry Pratchett, Charles de Lint, China Mieville, Patricia McKillip, Tim Powers, Lisa Goldstein, Steven R. Donaldson, Robert Jordan, and Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.



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