The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at a man who forged a reputation as one of the giants of early fantasy literature, namely Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany – or as we tend to know him, Lord Dunsany. And the book is his most […]

Mazirian the Magician (The Dying Earth) by Jack Vance

(Mild spoilers) Like many reading this, I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons. Like some of you, I’ve mused on just how different D&D is to the average fantasy book I read. It’s something that makes encountering something like D&D, while not being palpably influenced by the game, weird and exciting. And let me tell you, that’s […]

The Wood Beyond The World by William Morris

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at a hugely influential book and figure, even if today that man is better known for his contributions to textiles than his contribution to fantasy. Or poetry. I guess somebody minmaxed their Creativity score at chargen… Speaking of poetry, here’s my attempt […]

Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber

(mild spoilers) One of the interesting parts about delving into fantasy’s backlist is getting to see authors’ inspirations at work. When I delved into Swords and Deviltry, a collection of short stories that serves as the novel debut for Fritz Leiber’s heroic duo of the Grey Mouser and Fahfrd, and their dangerous home of Lankhmar, […]

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

(Moderate Spoilers) Part of what draws me to going through fantasy’s archives are all these names who did great things but are now half-forgot. Take Tim Powers. He’s been an inspiration for games and TV shows (including Monkey Island and a Dr Who episode), had his work optioned by Disney, won numerous awards, and helped […]