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Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware The Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen
A group of girls discover their summer camp is a hotbed of mystery, supernatural monsters, and dodgy puns. A graphic novel.

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Most of the magic has left England, until two magicians appear in the nineteenth century. But they become rivals.

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Fables: Legends In Exile by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, and Craig Hamilton
New York is full of legendary characters hiding in plain sight. When a flat is found full of blood, Snow White and a wolf detective set out to discover who is responsible. A graphic novel.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
As Harry experiences his fourth year at Hogwarts a prestigious international wizarding tournament comes to the school. The fourth novel in the Harry Potter series.

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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
The third novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
A convicted murderer has broken out of the prison of Azkaban and the wizarding school of Hogwarts is being patrolled by dementors. The third novel in the Harry Potter series.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
A young wizard returns to Hogwarts, only to find other pupils are being turned to stone. The second novel in the Harry Potter series.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
A young orphan boy discovers he is actually a wizard. The first novel in the Harry Potter series.

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The Kind Folk by Ramsey Campbell
An impressionist begins to suspect that he is only playing at being human, and that he is being followed by malevolent fairies who want him back.

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The Woman Who Married A Cloud by Jonathan Carroll
A collection of short stories. It features stories about God and linked souls, the magic of money, and houses that remember.

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Throne Of The Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
An elderly ghoul-hunter who would like nothing better than to retire is forced to confront an ancient sorcerer threatening to seize the Throne of the Crescent Moon.

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Vellum by Hal Duncan
A young man steals an ancient book that transports him to a different version of reality. But a supernatural war is brewing, and nothing is as it seems in this complex narrative. The first volume in The Book Of All Hours series.

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Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson
The Malazan Empire is locked in perpetual warfare as mages, soldiers, and the Empress engage in a battle for supremacy. The first book in the Malazan Book Of The Fallen series.

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Weaveworld by Clive Barker
When an odd old lady is taken ill, workmen enter her house and clear a carpet that seems to contain a world.

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Rat Queens Volume Three: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler
In the third episode of the Rat Queens series the Queens travel to a mage university in search of answers. A graphic novel.

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Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
Wizard Drusilla Jaco faces an undead serial killer mimicking the Axeman of New Orleans turns up in the city. The third in the Sentinels of New Orleans series.

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Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris
Sookie faces intense family problems when her awkward supernatural relatives turn up. The tenth Sookie Stackhouse novel.

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Dead And Gone by Charlaine Harris
Werewolves and shifters announce their presence to the world, whilst Sookie learns more about her distant relatives. The ninth Sookie Stackhouse novel.

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Will steps through a portal into another world in the second novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

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The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
Five companions must band together and summon a cursed warrior from his resting placein order to protect the land of Fionavar from evil. Book two of The Fionavar Tapestry.

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The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
An illegitimate prince discovers he has the Sight. The first novel in the Merlin series.

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Monstress Volume Four: The Chosen by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
After a rift in the sky brings chaos and death, the danger of Monstra such as the one hidden in Maika Halfwolf is revealed. Taken by the mysterious Lord Doctor, Maika learns secrets about herself and her past whilst war looms. A graphic novel.

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Rat Queens Volume 5: The Colossal Magic Nothing by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
The Rat Queens search for a friend, only to encounter weirdness, and a mysterious stranger arrives in Pallisade and they begin to lose people and memories.

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Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly
The ruler of her people is expecting to be banished at the end of her reign, as is custom. Instead she is faced with the threat of rebellion and dark prophecy. The first novel of the In The Heart Of The Mountains series.

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Ladycastle by Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods, and Becca Farrow
The men of Mancastle disappear on a quest, leaving the women to deal with a curse attracting monsters to their castle and to sort out their own leadership.

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Spook's: The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney
Humans face a fight for survival against a dark army of beasts. The second novel in the Starblade Chronicles.

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Symphony Of War by Ros Jackson
A group of adventurers have awakened sleeping dragons in their bid to rescue their people, but the price they pay may be war. Book two of the Kaddon Keys series.

Unreviewed films

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Andrew Adamson
Four children travel through a wardrobe into the land of Narnia, which is being kept in perpetual winter by a witch.

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The Princess Bride directed by Rob Reiner
A young man must rescue his true love from an unwanted marriage in this story of sword fights, pirates, and yucky kissing.

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Going Postal directed by Jon Jones
Moist Von Lipwig, a con man, is given the chance to run the ailing postal service in Ankh Morpork.

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Ghostbusters directed by Ivan Reitman
A team of occult scientists set up a service for detecting and banishing ghosts in New York.

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A Wrinkle In Time directed by Ava DuVernay
A schoolgirl and her younger brother are traumatised by the loss of their physicist father. Then a group of strange women turn up and suggest there is a way to find him, so long as they are prepared to jump through the universes.

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Bright directed by David Ayer
A human cop is unhappy about being paired with an orc in a Los Angeles filled with magical beings, as they go after a dangerous wand that people will kill to obtain.


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Featured Fantasy Books

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Survivors by G. X. Todd
5 star rating
A man wakes in a shallow grave to go on a quest across post-apocalyptic America to find someone at the instruction of a voice in his head. The third part of the Voices series.


9th August 2019

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Monstress Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
5 star rating
A teenager searches for answers about herself and her war-torn past, whilst a monster stirs inside her. A graphic novel.


26th August 2016

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Rat Queens: Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N'Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic
5 star rating
The second instalment of the Rat Queens series the Queens take on demons from another dimension who are destroying their town. A graphic novel.


17th August 2016

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Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle
5 star rating
Cinderella is used to being mistreated by her step family, but little is as it first appears in this twisted version of the classic Cinderella story. The first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen series.


15th January 2019

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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass And Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
5 star rating
A group of young women would rather get drunk and slay trolls than call their parents. A graphic novel.


9th August 2016

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Radiance by Grace Draven
5 star rating
Two minor royals marry to secure an alliance between their countries, although they find each other hideous and others will scheme to tear them apart. The first novel in the Wraith Kings series.


2nd January 2017

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Sleeping Late On Judgement Day by Tad Williams
5 star rating
Bobby Dollar has already been to Hell, but his toughest test will come when he takes on a rogue angel who outranks him many times over. The third Bobby Dollar novel.


8th June 2017

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Solatium by Becca Mills
5 star rating
Beth Ryder has hidden powers that mark her out for a different life, but she is about to find out how different when she embarks on a fantastic and dangerous journey. The second novel in the Emanations series.


11th October 2015

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Copperhead by Tina Connolly
5 star rating
Helen is beautiful, but what good are perfect looks if people use them to keep her powerless? The sequel to Ironskin.


29th October 2013

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Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
5 star rating
A young woman rebels against her family whilst trying to resist the will of the fae lord. The first novel in the Split Worlds series.


4th February 2013

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Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human
5 star rating
Baxter is trying to lead a normal life as a high school racketeer when his girlfriend goes missing, and he has to hire a supernatural bounty hunter to retrieve her. The first in the Apocalypse Now Now series.


27th October 2015

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Any Other Name by Emma Newman
5 star rating
Cathy feels trapped by marriage, whilst her friend Sam feels unable to save his own. The second book in the Split Worlds series.


23rd October 2013

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All Is Fair by Emma Newman
5 star rating
Cathy wants to change a magical society that has not altered for centuries, but she discovers that even those at the top are little more than puppets. The third volume in the Split Worlds series.


19th May 2014

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The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
5 star rating
A privileged young woman goes searching for the reason her life is charmed, but her curiosity takes her to another world, and mortal danger.


9th December 2015

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Some Kind Of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
5 star rating
A young woman returns to her family after a long absence. But can she walk back into her old life after all she has seen?


5th November 2013

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Crown Thief by David Tallerman
5 star rating
Trouble is brewing for the thief who once stole a giant, and his developing conscience is not helping him to escape it. Book two of the Tales of Easie Damasco.


23rd December 2012

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Suited by Jo Anderton
5 star rating
Tanyana wonders who she can trust with her secrets when even her body seems intent on betraying her. The second in The Veiled Worlds series.


6th August 2012

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Ironskin by Tina Connolly
5 star rating
A cursed woman becomes a governess to a very peculiar child in this dark fairytale.


30th October 2012

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Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard
5 star rating
The acid-tongued necromancer journeys to the Dreamlands and takes on ghouls, gods, and furry menaces with a society who want to defeat fear itself.


20th September 2011

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Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard
5 star rating
The Revered Speaker has died, and the High Priest for the Dead must keep order so that his successor has an empire left to rule over. The second book in the Obsidian and Blood series.


22nd March 2011

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Restoration by Guy Adams
5 star rating
Can a group of stranded time travellers fix history and recapture an ancient evil being capable of destroying the world? The sequel to The World House.


7th June 2011

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Angelfall by Susan Ee
5 star rating
When a teenager's little sister is abducted by angels, she sets out on a journey across an apocalyptic wasteland to retrieve her. Book one in the Penryn and the End of Days series.


7th April 2014

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The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman
5 star rating
Thomas Cale is supposed to be the Angel of Death, but will he give the Redeemers the destruction they crave? The sequel to The Left Hand of God.


31st May 2011

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The Enterprise Of Death by Jesse Bullington
5 star rating
A story of necromancy, warfare and painting in Renaissance Europe.


10th March 2011

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Debris by Jo Anderton
5 star rating
When a fall destroys her latest grand project, magical architect Tanyana feels like she has lost everything.


1st September 2011

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Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
5 star rating
An Aztec high priest tries to solve a missing person mystery in the first book of the Obsidian and Blood trilogy.


15th February 2011

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Wolfsangel by M. D. Lachlan
5 star rating
Vikings, witches and werewolves clash with mad gods in this dark re-imagining of the Norse myths.


1st November 2010

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
5 star rating
Zinzi has a sloth companion and a talent for finding things. But can she find a lost girl, or redemption for her past sins?


8th March 2011

Featured Fantasy Films

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Moana directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
5 star rating
A young woman in ancient Polynesia sets off on an epic quest with the demigod Maui to restore her island, against the wishes of her father.


29th December 2016

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Coraline directed by Henry Selick
5 star rating
Coraline Jones feels bored and neglected, and is ready to swap her workaholic parents for more attentive and loving substitutes.


21st June 2009

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The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan
5 star rating
In the second instalment of Christian Bale's take on Batman, the caped vigilante of Gotham City takes on The Joker.



Pirates of the Caribbean : At World    

Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End directed by Gore Verbinski
5 star rating
In the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series can the crew rescue Jack Sparrow and keep Lord Beckett from eliminating piracy forever?



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Day Watch directed by Timur Bekmambetov
5 star rating
The second episode in the series adapting Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch novels.



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Batman Begins directed by Christopher Nolan
5 star rating
The story of the origins of the Dark Knight is retold.



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Mirrormask directed by Dave McKean
5 star rating
Weirdness abounds in this story of a girl, her mother, and a very peculiar dream.



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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets directed by Chris Columbus
5 star rating
The boy wizard begins his second term at Hogwarts.



A Knight    

A Knight's Tale directed by Brian Helgeland
5 star rating
A peasant poses as a knight in this adaptation of a story by Chaucer.



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Time Bandits directed by Terry Gilliam
5 star rating
A boy is entangled in the adventures of a group of robbers who have stolen a map that allows them to travel through time.



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Beauty And The Beast directed by Bill Condon
4 star rating
A bookish young woman is taken prisoner in an enchanted castle by a beast. But is he as terrible as he seems?


30th July 2017

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Beautiful Creatures directed by Richard LaGravenese
4 star rating
A young man wants to leave his small town, until Lena arrives and brings magic and madness into his life. An adaptation of the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.


24th February 2013