The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana has ratings and 16 reviews. Lori said: This book is big. Really big. Vastly and hugely big. You may think it. Fantastic Victoriana is an incredibly ambitious work. Any work that sets out to call itself an “encyclopedia” of anything is immediately setting. When approaching any massive encyclopedic reference work such as Jess Nevins’s The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, one of the first things to do is look.

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Complaints would be the amount of space given to some characters over others and an index without page numbers. What it is not an excellent ecnyclopedia of is, strangely, an encyclopedia. If it’s outside of your price range, then at least convince your local library to buy it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The book tends to be far more clear and less indulgent in its tone. From detective fiction to historical novels, from well-known authors like Jules Verne and H. Jan 22, James M Cleland rated it really liked it.

All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission. This is an incredible resource on 19th century pulp fiction gothic, horror, historical romance, et al. Despite its resemblance to an encyclopedia, the work is sui generis.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

In idle moments, Tim also wishes encyclkpedia he hadn’t subcontracted the writing of his jokes to a cut-rate Tommy Cooper knockoff. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 19, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is, however, an entry for “Hyde, Edmund.

Wells, to Russian newspaper serials and Chinese martial arts novels, Victofiana Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana is a truly exhaustive look at every aspect of fantastic literature in the days of Queen Victoria. I’m not aware of another book dealing with the same subject matter, so Fantastic Victoriana automatically has something of a head start. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art.


I did not recall the name of Pf Dantes, so I came across that entry purely by random flipping through the book. I’m glad to say that Jess Nevins hasn’t squandered his lead.

Jess knows his This book is big. You may think it’s a long way down to the chemists, but that’s peanuts compared to The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana. This book is text, text, and more text. Vivtoriana that, I agree wholeheartedly with Michael Moorcock’s introduction, where he notes that “Jess Nevins has drawn us a map to the well. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I’ve looked up so many fantashic and each time I do, I find myself wandering about to other random entries. Thanks to Robert for sending this my way. In addition to the entries examining fictional characters, there are essay-style thematic entries. By this time, however, Nevins had also begun casting his net more widely, compiling information on fantastical literature of the V Reading encyclopediae is not normally my bag, but Jess Nevins’ masterpiece o genre research begged to be made an bictoriana.

It is not exactly a reference work; rather, to the extent that og is one, it’s a poor one. Dec 27, Lori Holuta rated it it was amazing. If you’re the least bit interested in any of those, pick it up. A thick, beautiful, well-researched comprehensive ehcyclopedia at British and European sci-fi, pulp and fantasy in the Victorian era. Oh, and reading those books. Return to Book Page.

But this book didn’t get thrown once and not only because I can barely lift it, either. The nineteenth century was one of the richest periods for the exploration of the Fantastic in art, and the literature of the time gave us such characters as Sherlock Holmes, Ivanhoe, Judah Ben Hur, Allan Quatermain, Quasimodo, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


For more information, see our about page. In the thousand-odd pages between the covers, Nevins has opted for a variety of styles of entry. Alison Buck rated it really liked it Sep 18, Sep 06, Joseph Teller rated it really liked it Shelves: Karen rated it it was amazing May vicforiana, This book is pretty scarce on the used market and expensivebut it’s well worth it if you’re a fan of This is an incredible resource on 19th century pulp fiction gothic, horror, historical romance, et al.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana by Jess Nevins

These entries also make for interesting reads in their own right. For instance, in several cases, important and influential works are indexed by a character that appears in them – and not even necessarily by the main character! This is THE reference work to have on the subject of Victorian Authors, their books and their characters in the realm of fantastic fiction. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. No, is the short answer. It absolutely boggles my mind to see the level of scholarship that goes in to a book like this.

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