World-Building: Even the Smallest Detail…

One of the rich aspects of fantasy fiction is the immense world-building behind the imagined cultures. It is well known that J.R.R. Tolkien created multiple languages for Middle-Earth and mythology before he wrote any ...
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This “Flying” Fairy Doll Comes with an Elaborate Backstory and Lovely Illustrations

Fairy sisters Eva, Daria, Alexa, come from the titular realm Slightly Above Time. Newcomers Mara and Aerioth also hail from the same land. Each of the five is her own character, and is associated ...
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Whispers Under Ground, The Diviners, A Spell for Chameleon

NEW: WHISPERS UNDER GROUND, Book Three in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch (Del Ray, 2012) This series follows Peter Grant, a young officer in London’s Metropolitan Police who, after encountering a ghost, is recruited into ...
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Shakespeare’s Reinvention of Changeling Lore

The folklore of Changelings is most often bleak, dark, and horrific. They are stories of fairies kidnapping babies and young children for their own evil personal gain ...
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Ellen Gregory on “Why I Write Fantasy”

There’s a strong element of ‘write what you know’ as well. I read a lot of fantasy and I connect with it, so it feels perfectly natural for me to write it. I think ...
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It’s a Terry Brooks Kind of Day

Today we're doing a spin on our New, Soon, & Classic series today, and shining the spotlight on Terry Brooks, one of the unequivocal masters of modern fantasy whose new series released yesterday. We're ...
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Patricia C. Wrede on “Letting the Dragons In”

For Banned Book Week 2009, #1 New York TImes bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede published a speech she had given about book banning several years earlier. Naturally, this text supported the importance of fiction in ...
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Sharps, Widow’s Web, and The House with the Clock in Its Walls

NEW: SHARPS by K. J. Parker (Orbit, 2012) If you haven’t heard of K. J. Parker (I, shamefully, hadn’t), it might be because the author does absolutely no self-promotion. Even after thirteen books, Parker is one of the ...
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Julie Kagawa on Going From the Fey to the Vamps

“People often ask me if it was difficult to switch from writing about faeries to writing about vampires,” wrote Julie Kagawa, author of the fairy series The Iron Fey and a brand new series ...
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Enchanted Encounters in Post-Victorian Fairy Tale Illustration

Examples of well-crafted small-format paintings are plentiful in post-Victorian fairy art, no doubt due to how many volumes of children’s fairy tales were published during the first 50 years of Victoria’s reign, a period ...
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