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Barlowe's Guide to Fantasy Hardcover – November, 1996

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Wayne D. Barlowe, often called the "Audubon of the Otherworld," was classically trained in fine arts and illustration at The Art Students League and Cooper Union in New York City. He has illustrated literally hundreds of fantasy and science fiction books and stories. His own bestselling creations include the acclaimed Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials, Expedition , and the upcoming Barlowe's Pilgrimage to Hell . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Prism; First Edition edition (November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061052388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061052385
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I anticipated the publishing of this book as I have few others. Any companion volume to Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials would have to be a plus, right? Well, sort of. The selection of characters is very diverse, but the paintings look very rushed, and incomplete in some cases. Furthermore the text is not very descriptive of the characters. It's more like reading a synopsis of the novels than information about that particular entry. Definitely not as inspired as Barlowe's previous work, but it's wonderful, nonetheless. I wish I could give it 9 on a 10 scale.
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Format: Hardcover
Of the guides, this one is the weaker of the two. For one, Barlowe seems to pick his subjects at random...we see monsters that had minor roles in the various books where they were portrayed (and thus, we probably didn't have a burning interest to see what they looked like if they were minor characters in the books). There's quite a few human subjects in this one as well...and they seem out of place here, as some of them are rather plain (okay, so maybe the golem did look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy...but why put him in the book?). There's also several shape shifters, which Barlowe illustrates by showing them in "mid-form", which doesn't tell us much about what they really look like. If anything, Barlowe's work competes with itself -- I was spoiled by his Science Fiction guide and this one, while definitely a beautiful addition to any collector's shelf, simply cannot match the detail of that book.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this old, its in worse condition than I thought, (Its a discarded library paperback copy) and a little more USED than described. Buts its OK. happy w the contents. was a gift for someone who really wanted it.
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By Alex on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Intricate, detailed, well-drawn images of various persons and creatures fill the pages of this incredible work. However, the text is rather slim for some of the latter entries, and I must say that I question the artist's choice of subjects - few creatures in here are truly alien, and far too many are simply human! Nevertheless, unlike some of the other artists, Barlowe manages to offer images which do not disrupt our own imagined images of the characters, but merely improve and clarify them.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not quite as good as the Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials: Great Aliens from Science Fiction, but still a great book to add to a collection.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the companion book to "Barlowe`s Guide to Extraterrestrials" and carries on the "field guide" format. This time WB`s illustrations originate from fantasy novels,folklore,myth and legend. Buying this book was a big 'no-brainer' since I had the the other Guide. Although I do recommend "Barlowe`s Guide to Fantasy",it comes in a hard 2nd to the sci-fi themed Guide.Just my preferance.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Have been looking for this book for ages and have to say it is amazing! Barlowe is a great artist and I really like him.
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