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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Introduction by Michael Moorcock gets it extra points. I held onto this book for a good couple of months before reviewing it.

So very, very pretty. And it is to be read. May 17, Vicforiana rated it liked it. There’s a distinction to be made between the expectation created by the word “encyclopedia” ie, that it is to be consulted and the actual pleasure that can be derived from just reading through Fantastic Victoriana.

Everything About You by Heather Child. I really like encycllpedia book and all of stories it references that I had never read or even heard of. It is worth mentioning, though, that there’s a considerable difference between Nevins’ writing style on his website and in the book. The perfect reference source for a dorky Victorianist.

The front of the book does have a “contents page” of sorts, in that each letter of the alphabet is listed along with each entry filed under a given letter. This book is big. I’ve not heard of most of the stuff in here.


Mani Podcast read by: Just a moment victpriana we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I throw them in frustration. Well worth the expense and perfect for either extended reading or to dip into here and there as time and interest require.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

I’m glad to say that Jess Nevins hasn’t squandered his lead. These bitesize chunks of analysis are a fine way to satisfy immediate curiosity and provide a springboard for further research. In the end, I have no idea precisely how to evaluate this book. I should also note that Nevins and I have occasionally corresponded with one another, usually in the context of something or other that I have written on my own weblog. For more information, see our about page.

All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to fantastlc original authors and may not be reproduced without permission. It is a work of literary criticism, a work of literary history, a work of fan trivia – it is many things, and a fine example of many of them. Refresh and try again.

Learn from it and enjoy it. Dave rated it it was amazing Dec 23, The literature of the fantastic stretches back as far as Homer, after all, and likely even before that.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana by Jess Nevins

I’ve looked up so many entries and each time I do, I find myself wandering about to other random entries. If you’re the least bit interested in any of those, pick it up.


But I also couldn’t actually face reviewing it for some time, so boggled was my mind by the contents. Cracking into this book requires time and a wheelbarrowbut it’s time well spent. But it’s not, and that’s a deliberate choice on the author’s part. The nineteenth century was one of the richest periods for ivctoriana 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.

Thanks to Robert for sending this my way. What it is not an excellent example of is, strangely, an encyclopedia. Fantastic Victoriana is an incredibly ambitious work. Hard to find now, I was lucky to be able to get a copy when it first came out.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana – Jess Nevins, Michael Moorcock – Google Books

Oh, and reading those books. Jul 09, Stephen Simpson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nevins, a research librarian, started out on the web publishing annotations for Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, and they were so good, that Moore himself noticed them and wrote forewards for them when they were published. A thick, beautiful, well-researched comprehensive look at British and European dncyclopedia, pulp and fantasy in the Victorian era.