Arielle Walker

Arielle is a avid reader, writer and music-geek in her final year of a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. She loves all fiction but can’t seem to stay away from sci-fi and fantasy. She lives in Auckland with too many books and not enough shelves.


Fairyland Catherynne Valente

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne Valente

It has been a year since September saved Fairyland and returned home, without her shadow, but slowly gaining a heart (which is proving to be an uncomfortable experience). She’s wondering, ever so patiently, when she’ll be called back to Fairyland. Her friends must all be waiting for her there, and surely this time there will [...]

Sleeper and the Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell

A cursed sleep is moving across the fairytale land, while a Princess sleeps unreachable at its center. Many have tried to save her before, and all have failed. A faraway Queen seeks to break the curse before it reaches her people – but of course, all is not as it seems… At first glance this [...]

The Visitors by Simon Sylvester

The Visitors, by Simon Sylvester

Flora wants nothing more than to leave the tiny island of Bancree. Forever, even – only one more year of school, and she can go without looking back. She can’t imagine why anyone would ever choose to come here, and no one ever does. Until the mysterious Ailsa (and her menacing father) move into the [...]

Watercolour Fairy Art Sara Burrier

Fantasy Art Book Comparison – Watercolor Fairy Art & The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques

One of the unexpectedly lovely things about fantasy books (especially those aimed at a younger audience) is the art that can adorn their covers, and so often fill their pages. Illustrations of fantastical creatures and bizarre characters that spring straight from the artist’s imagination – but sometimes don’t look exactly how we might have imagined. [...]

Walled City Ryan Graudin

The Walled City, by Ryan Graudin

It’s easy to forget that “YA dystopian fiction” isn’t merely a paint-by-numbers genre, needing a futuristic, wholly invented world with a feisty heroine with special skills to take down the nasty government. Unfortunately this seems to be the case with many of the recent YA offerings, so you can imagine how refreshing it is to [...]

Falcon Throne

The Falcon Throne, by Karen Miller

“This is the next Game of Thrones!” This statement has been used to promote nearly every epic-fantasy book released in the past year, playing on the hype following the enormous success of George R.R. Martin’s bestselling series. Until now, most of these claims have been entirely unfounded. Karen Miller’s new epic fantasy novel, however, deserves [...]

The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly

“Once upon a time – for that is how all stories should begin – there was a boy who lost his mother.” Dealing with loss is difficult for anyone, but when David’s father remarries and has another child, David begins to feel more and more shut out of his own life. Stalked by a ghostlike [...]

We are the Best Poster

Film Review: We are the Best

“Hiersein ist herrlich” (“To be here is wonderful”) – Rainer Maria Rilke Book-to-film adaptations have never been more popular. From teen dysto-mances to dark horror/thrillers, literary stories are being coaxed, pulled –sometimes even dragged forcibly – out onto the screen with varying degrees of success. Aside from the current onslaught of superhero films and TV [...]

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