The Purpose of Fantasy: A Reader’s Guide is now available in both paperback ($14.95) and an inexpensive Kindle edition ($3.99).
By award-winning author and editor Philip Martin, the book explores the spiritual/philosophical underpinnings of the field of fantasy literature.
With an intro section about fantasy lit in general (“Is It Escapist?”, etc.), then a look at twelve outstanding fantasy books, it focuses on a key purpose of fantasy: to ask spiritual or philosophical questions and explore creative, nondogmatic approaches to matters of faith and belief, right and wrong, and other deeply held values.
The succinct discussions of twelve great books, from classics like The Little Prince and The Wind in the Willows to more contemporary novels by modern masters of fantasy like Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle, and Natalie Babbitt, offer good ideas for book clubs or for individual reading lists.
Books discussed: Momo, Tuck Everlasting, The Silver Chair, The Wind in the Willows, The 13 Clocks, Charlotte’s Web, The Little Prince, Finn Family Moomintroll, The Rope Trick, Gifts, The Last Unicorn, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
Most are clearly known as children’s books, so the work is of interest to the children’s literature world. But it raises the question: “Are Children’s Books Only for Children?” (Short answer: no.)
With its look at beloved classics and contemporary masterpieces, the book offers insights for anyone interested in writing or reading, not just avid fans of fantasy, as it talks about the underlying themes of value we find in the best books.
The author, Philip Martin, is a past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, and is now a writer and freelance book editor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His previous books include A Guide to Fantasy Literature and How To Write Your Best Story.
The Purpose of Fantasy:
A Reader’s Guide to Twelve Selected Books with Good Values & Spsiritual Depth
by Philip Martin • Crispin Books • December 2013
Literary Criticism / Fantasy Literature / Spirituality & Values
Softcover • $14.95 • ISBN 978-1-883953-64-5
Kindle eBook • $3.99 • ISBN 978-1-883953-63-8