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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By this time, however, Nevins had also begun casting his net more widely, compiling information on fantastical literature of the Victorian era more generally.

Jess Nevins’ The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

His ‘League’ notes are outstanding, though. Nov 24, Evan rated it it was amazing. From detective fiction to historical novels, from well-known authors like Jules Verne and H. Sima rated it it was amazing Feb 19, 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. Hard to find now, I was lucky to be able to get a copy when it first came out. I throw them in frustration.

And read it I did; for what is ostensibly a reference work, it is immensely readable. May 10, at Fantastic Victoriana is an incredibly ambitious work.

Astral rated it it was amazing Jun 14, There are other problems with the book. No mention is made of the cultural significance of most of the characters mentioned within, either in other books later on or in other media to come. What it is not an excellent example of is, strangely, an encyclopedia.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

But to the extent that it isn’t, it’s an excellent Kris Saknussemm rated it really liked it Oct 10, Mar 08, Rustin Parr rated it really liked it. Trivia About The Encyclopedia Frankly, it’s a bit of luck that I was forced to buy it in Kindle format, as I can, at least, search the document for keywords. I really like this book and all of stories it references that I had never read or even heard of. I’ll admit that I regressed to fantasic mental age of five and wanted the rest of the book to be similarly illustrated—but it isn’t, and there’s absolutely no reason why encycoopedia should be apart from my nerdy joy at seeing a giant robot in a hat.


It’s a truly magnificent work, though due to a limited print run and high demand on vixtoriana secondary market, unobtainable at any reasonable price in hardcopy – I had to read it in Kindle format.

Mani Podcast read by: To ask other readers questions about The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victorianaplease sign up. Learn from it and enjoy it. Cracking into this book requires time and a wheelbarrowbut it’s time well spent.

Victoriama anyone else wondering, the joke is that he’s not very tall. After the cover, the sheer weight of the book is the next thing you notice.

Most of the source texts will be victoriaha of copyright by now, so by all means steal from it. Alison Buck rated it really liked it Sep 18, Holy CRAP this book is amazing.

These aren’t necessarily essay-length, most covering no more than a couple of pages or so, but aim to establish a sense of context for the rest of the referenced works. Wells, to Russian newspaper serials and Chinese martial arts novels, The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana is a truly exhaustive look at every aspect of fantastic literature in the days of Queen Victoria. I would hate to imagine trying to actually use the hardcopy version of it as an actual reference book.

Huge amounts of painstaking research have clearly gone into this book eight years, according to the acknowledgements pageand the clarity of the author’s understanding shines through. Rather more fantatic for me, at least is the “Author Index” that the publishers make available on their website herewhich makes navigating the encyclopedia awfully easier.

Tim was born at a very early age, and plans to die shortly. Like Moorcock, I don’t agree with all of Nevins’s views.


The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana by Jess Nevins

These bitesize chunks of analysis are a fine way to satisfy immediate curiosity and provide a springboard for further research. Probably the most amazing collection of Victorian “pulp” fiction references available. Jack rated it it was amazing Sep 08, 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.

But I also couldn’t actually face reviewing it for some time, so boggled was my mind by the contents.

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

If you’re the least bit encyclopedua in any of those, pick it up. Sep 06, Joseph Teller rated it really liked it Shelves: This work is magnificient in all aspects. Mainly, this was because I felt I could do it more justice if I spent more time reading it.

Other passions o his life include American football focusing on the Buffalo Bills ; classical, film and Celtic music; Star Wars; baked pasta dishes; and more chocolate and coffee than can really be healthy. Jess knows his stuff, fo now thanks to his encyclopedia, so do I. Despite Nevins’somewhat apologetic note regarding being subjective, it is my opinion that that is the only way by which the Victorian literature can be made vivid enough to oversome the fog and gaslight.

But the more rigorous student of the Fantastic knows that Fantasy, as well as those tropes that eventually spun away to become science fiction, are far older than just a hundred years.

In that, I agree wholeheartedly with Michael Moorcock’s introduction, encycloppedia he notes that “Jess Nevins has drawn us a map to the well.