Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Fantastic Victorian review
The inestimable Paul Di Filippo weighs in on Jess Nevins's Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana in the pages of Asimov's.
"When it comes to the nooks and crannies of fantastical literature, critic and scholar Jess Nevins has already proven himself a fount of erudition and charm, with two sparkling books that annotate the work of Alan Moore: Heroes & Monsters (2003) and A Blazing World (2004). But his latest volume, the work of many years, blows these two admittedly capable books plain out of the ocean. The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (Monkey Brain Books, hardcover, $50.00, 1010 pages, ISBN 1-932265-15-5) is nothing more nor less than an instantly indispensable part of any serious fan’s reference shelf.""Instantly indispensable." I like that.