Monday, March 20, 2006

The Wand in the Word



Sheila at Wands and Worlds had an interesting review of The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy by by Leonard S. Marcus. She says:
This is one of the most interesting and inspirational books that I've read in a long time. Through the interviews and profiles, Marcus' masterfully brings out the best in each author, providing a fascinating look at some of the leading authors in the fantasy genre. Find out how Lloyd Alexander's experiences in the military during World War II influenced his writing, or how Diana Wynne Jones kept Tolkein from finishing The Lord of the Rings.

The book includes profiles of many of my favorites including Lloyd Alexander, Franny Billingsley, Susan Cooper, Nancy Farmer, Brian Jacques and more. This one is going on my wish list.

5 comments:

Michele said...

Ooh this sounds really interesting ! I wonder if the Bod. has a copy yet ?

(Diana Wynne Jones kept Tolkien from finishing The Lord of the Rings ? This is news to me !!)

Camille said...

See, that was the money line for me too. I have got to get this book!

Michele said...

Ooh ! I found out the Bod. (sorry, Bodleian Library !) has this book... I'll go and have a look at it in a couple of weeks time when I'm not busy with other things...

Sheila said...

OK, perhaps I phrased that a bit too provactively. Sorry! It's not as big a deal as it sounds, but it is an amusing story. The book is definitely worth reading, though.

Camille said...

Sheila--
Tolkien Geeks 'R Us and any gleaning or tibits about the Professor are welcome. I am really interested in reading this book.