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Hello and welcome along to another post to Celebrate Indie Publishing, today I am delighted to share a book from a publisher that is new to me, but by the looks of the books they have coming soon I’ll be a huge fan of them!  Today’s book in the spotlight is Literary Wonderlands, “a lavishly illustrated guide to almost 100 of the most perfectly imagined fictional worlds from mythology to 21 st century epics, literary allegory to pulp fiction”

Book Feature:

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A lavishly illustrated guide to almost 100 of the most perfectly imagined fictional worlds from mythology to 21st century epics, literary allegory to pulp fiction.

Literary Wonderlands explores the timeless, captivating features of literature’s greatest fictional worlds and the minds that created them. This truly global collection chronicles over two thousand years of literary creation from Homer  to The Hunger Games.

Individual entries by a prestigious group of literary specialists are beautifully illustrated with the chosen texts’ original artworks, film and television interpretations, archive material, and sketches and manuscripts by the authors themselves.  Each section details the  plot of a famous fantasy world, the historical circumstances that surrounded its production, the author’s inspiration, and the place it holds in the public imagination.

International in breadth and scope, Literary Wonderlands is an enchanting read that book lovers will not be able to resist dipping into.


My Thoughts & Review:

Have you ever read the description of a book and just been so stunned and awed?  The idea of this book just screamed “READ ME” when I looked over the description and saw the eye-catching artwork on the cover.

This book will appeal to a fair number of readers and I have to admit that I’m tempted to buy a copy for a Christmas gift that that hard to please someone (who shall remain nameless just in case he reads this and finds out what Santa is bringing him).  Covering a whole host of destinations and landscapes from literary creations, there seems to be something for most people.  I loved the appearance of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series in the Computer Age section, which also includes Margaret Atwoods’s The Handmaid’s Tale, The Game of Thrones by George R R Martin as well as Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.
For fans of New World Order fear not, you are catered for too.  Some of the wonderful works such as  Slaughterhouse-Five from the pen of Kurt Vonnegut, The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams are included.
Ok, so I’ve picked out some of my favourite books and headed straight to the pages that featured them, but can you blame me?  This is the sort of book that you look at the index and mutter “wow” or “oh I wonder what that one says?” then hurriedly flick to the specified pages to soak up the details.

Fear not however, if Computer Age or New World Order aren’t your thing, there are sections on Golden Age of Fantasy, Science and Romanticism as well as Ancient Myth and Legend which all have extensive lists of masterpieces included.


Now to make this Friday more fun, Alison Menzies who kindly let me know about this book has created a wee quiz to test the grey cells ….so what do you think folks?  Shall we give it a bash?  No prizes, just the satisfaction of having a head full of information that will make you a dream participant on a pub quiz, and of course the title of “smarty pants”.

  1. Which early 14th century poem describes a journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven?

  2. “I don’t want to go among mad people”. In which book does a Victorian young lady say this?

  3. Where would you find Captain Nemo’s Nautilus?

  4. In which Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel does X mark the spot?

  5. Which modern American fairy tale begins on a Kansas prairie?

  6. Peter Pan is closely associated with which London park?

  7. Aldous Huxley’s masterpiece sets his World State in the 2,540. What is the novel called?

  8. Which Scandinavian writer gave us the Moomin trolls?

  9. In which castle is Titus Groan born?

  10. Which novel, set in Oceania, gives us Room 101 and Big Brother?

  11. If you step into the enchanted wardrobe, which world do you enter?

  12. What is the name of the novel by Anthony Burgess in which characters speak Nadsat?

  13. The action of which novel is set on Betelgeuse, the subject of several feature films and a 1970s tv series?

  14. In which book is Earth scheduled to be demolished to make way for a galactic hyperspace bypass?

  15. Which author wrote more than 40 novels about his Discworld?

  16. Which Margaret Atwood novel is the subject of a recent hit tv series starring Elisabeth Moss?

  17. Iain M Banks wrote 10 novels spanning 1,500 years. They are known collectively as?

  18. Lyra Belacqua is the heroine of which trilogy by Philip Pullman?

  19. Who wrote The Game of Thrones?

  20. In which year did Harry Potter first appear in print?

  21. The Bas-Lag Cycle begins with Perdido Street Station. Who wrote it?

  22. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss from District 12 in which 2012 movie version of Suzanne Collins’ series?


Well how did you get on?

You can buy your copy of Literary Wonderlands via:

Amazon UK
Book Depository


** My thanks to the lovely Alison Menzies and the folks at Modern Books for my copy of this wonderful book and for taking part in Celebrating Indie Publishing **


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