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4.0 out of 5 starsA little dated but still informativeOct 3 2007
By The Comics Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Since De Camp's book is over 30 years old it is understandably a little dated but it's still a good and informative read. The only complaint I have is the inclusion of H.P. Lovecraft as a "Sword and Sorcery" writer when it's obvious that he's more of a horror or dark fantasy writer. I suppose De Camp couldn't help but include him since he was in the midst of writing a biography of Lovecraft at the same time he was writing this. One can't help but wonder what De Camp would think of the current explosion in popularity of fantasy in both film and prose. I imagine that he would be amazed by the incredible popularity of Rowling's Harry Potter books as well as the fact that the film version of "LOTR: The Return of the King" went on the win the Oscar for best picture.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Terrific Book!Sep 12 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a great short introduction to modern authors of fantasy such as Tolkien, etc. Well-written, short essays about these authors are perfect for the modern reader, often pressed for time. I can't believe that no one else has reviewed this wonderful book. Buy this book - a bargain!