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Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by tartan_skirt, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. tartan_skirt

    tartan_skirt New Member

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    As part of my fantasy fiction course this year, I read Hope Mirrlees' Lud-in-the-Mist, the classic fantasy book about illegal fairy fruit and goblins. Personally, I think it's an amazing book and a really enjoyable read, if a little confusing to figure out thematically (which doesn't mar my enjoyment of it at all). What I don't get is why it's such an unknown book today. It's part of the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series, and The Gollancz Ultimate Fantasies Sequence, but I hadn't even heard of the publisher until I got my copy in the post (and the latter series of books is pretty hard to find any information about online). Perhaps if I had actually read more Neil Gaiman I would have heard of it sooner, as he is a fan and used the book as inspiration for Stardust.

    Who has read it, and what did you think? How did you hear about it? If you do like/love it, do you recommend it to people, or do we for some reason like to keep relatively unknown gems like this hidden away for ourselves like a jealous treasure-hoarding dragon (why yes, I have been reading too much Earthsea lately...). Are books like this a mark of the obscurity of one's fantasy reading, only to be talked about in some kind of nerdy one-upmanship battle of wits?

    Since reading it, other than people on my course, I have found one other fantasy reader who has read it. Everyone I know who has read it enjoyed it greatly, so why the secrecy? For such a wonderful piece of the fantasy cannon, it seems strange that it has fallen into the shadows. :confused:

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