Release the Kraken!

The Labyrinth by Catherynne M. Valente (Prime, 2004) The wonderful Catherynne M. Valente on embracing her true identity as a fantasy writer: · Excerpt · When I wrote my first novel, The Labyrinth, it honestly never occurred to me that I wasn’t a ...
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Ariel’s Song: Come unto these yellow sands

Come unto these Yellow Sands, Richard Dadd (1841) @ Museum Syndicate Ariel’s song, with its dreamy allusions to water, flight, music, and affection, was taken as an open invitation to artists to depict this magical scene visually, especially among the pre-Raphaelites. Come unto these yellow ...
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The author, an archeologist, a god, a thief — and the One Gold Ring to bind them all…

Roman Silchester Ring: Image © 2013 National Trust Earlier this month, a small artifact took center stage, bringing a great deal of notoriety to The Vyne, in Hampshire, England. Whilst Her Majesty was dubbed the newest Bond Girl, a gold ring that ...
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Mischief Managed!

Mischief Managed tattoos @ Carly Googles and HeadCheese “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” A prankster’s boast for sure, but in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it’s much more. When Fred and George Weasley demonstrate the Marauder’s ...
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Petunia Dursley’s Magical Motivation

Petuna and Lilly from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows © 2012 Warner Bros When an author creates characters that provoke rampant and sometimes heated discussion over motivations and histories, I’d warrant that the author has officially hit a Senior Echelon. When there is a magical, fantasy element ...
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Annie Leibovitz Transforms Taylor Swift Into Rapunzel

Taylor Swift as Rapunzel -- For Disney Parks Country music superstar Taylor Swift might be the last person one would expect to find featured in the pages of the Fairy Room, but this portrait is just too exquisite to pass up. Legendary ...
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Inside The Hollows with Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison © 2008 Blue Heron Photography Kim Harrison’s Ever After (Harper Voyager, 2013) releases tomorrow! This is the eleventh of The Hollows books, and between Goodreads and Amazon there are already nearly 100 reviews from fans who managed to get ...
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The Dog in the Dark, Dreams and Shadows, and The Witches

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Harper Voyager, 2013) NEW: THE DOG IN THE DARK, Book Two in the Noble Dead Saga, Series 3 by Barb & J. C. Hendee (Roc, 2012) This series has been called The-Lord-of-the-Rings-meets-Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer and we agree that’s a pretty good ...
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The Unreal and the Real, Ever After, and The Last Unicorn

The Unreal and the Real, Volume One: Where on Earth by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer Press, 2012) NEW: THE UNREAL AND THE REAL, Volume One: Where on Earth by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer Press, 2012) Winner of the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award several times each, Ursula Le Guin is ...
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The Siren Depths, Splintered, and Assassin’s Apprentice

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells (Night Shade Books, 2012) NEW: THE SIREN DEPTHS by Martha Wells (Night Shade Books, 2012) In The Siren Depths, Martha Wells brings her readers back to the Raksura, a race of shape-shifters able to transform into winged creatures. With this, ...
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