The New York Review of Science Fiction

#32, April 1991

"The Manner of Fantasy" - Donald G. Keller

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The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, ed. Clute & Nicholls

"Fantasy of Manners" - Donald G. Keller

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Kate Nepveu

Memorable Fantasy of Manners Entries

Memorable Fantasy of Manners Entries

Which includes some of the other entries on this page.

LiveJournal entry, 15-7-2003

Entry on ReaderCon

LiveJournal entry, 17-7-2003

Fantasy of Manners Reading List, Second Draft

Panel Report, 4-9-2004

Noreascon 4 Panel Report: Fantasy of Manners

Mely (aka coffee_and_ink)

LiveJournal entry, 21-7-2003

Notes toward a definition of "fantasy of manners"

Reading Lists

Extracted from a couple of the LJ entries shown above; Kate Nepveu's list adjusted by reflecting some of the changes suggested in the follow-up discussions.

Kate Nepveu

Books discussed during the meeting

Lois McMaster Bujold: A Civil Campaign (1999)
Emma Bull &
Steven Brust:
Freedom & Necessity (1997)
Emma BullWar for the Oaks (1987)
Finder: A Novel of the Borderlands (1994)
Dorothy Dunnett: The Lymond Chronicles:
  1. The Game of Kings (1961)
  2. Queen's Play (1964)
  3. The Disorderly Knights (1964)
  4. Pawn in Frankincense (1969)
  5. The Ringed Castle (1971)
  6. Checkmate (1975)
Georgette Heyer: The Talisman Ring (1936)
Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners (1987) [1]
Thomas the Rhymer (1990)
Ellen Kushner &
Delia Sherman:
The Fall of the Kings (2002) [2]
Faren Miller: The Illusionists (1991)
Dorothy L. Sayers: The Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane books:
  1. Whose Body? (1923)
  2. Strong Poison (1930)
  3. Have His Carcase (1932)
  4. Gaudy Night (1935)
  5. Busman's Honeymoon (1937)
Delia Sherman: Through A Brazen Mirror (1989)
Caroline Stevermer: 1. The Serpent's Egg (1988) [3]
3. A College of Magics (1994)
2. When The King Comes Home (2000)
4. A Scholar of Magics (2004)
Caroline Stevermer
& Patricia C. Wrede
: [4]
1. Sorcery & Cecilia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (1988)
2. The Grand Tour, or, The Purloined Coronation Regalia (2004)
3. ?
Martha Wells: Ile-Rien:
  1. The Element of Fire (1993)
  2. The Death of the Necromancer (1998)
  3. The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien #1) (2003)
  4. The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien #2) (2004)
  5. The Gate of Gods (The Fall of Ile-Rien #3) (forthcoming)
Patricia C. Wrede: 1. Mairelon The Magician (1991)
2. The Magician's Ward (1997)


[1]  The most recent edition of this novel (Bantam Spectra, US, February 2003, mmpb, $6.99) also contains 3 stories ("The Red Cloak" (1982), "The Swordsman Whose Name Was Not Death" (1991), and "The Death of the Duke" (1998)), set in the gap between Swordspoint and The Fall of the Kings.

[2] A novel-length (expanded from a previously-published novella) sequel to Swordspoint, which takes place sixty years later.

[3] Caroline Stevermer's four solo fantasy novels are all related, and all set wholly or partly in the fictional country of Galazon. TSE and WTKCH are set in Galazon, hundreds of years apart. ACoM and ASoM take place hundreds of years after WTKCH, and are set early in the 20th century in an alternate Europe.

[4] The link on the author's names goes to a fan page about the Kate & Cecilia books.