November 25, 2013

The Fairies' Oracle

The Fairies' Oracle by Brian Froud
text by Jessica Macbeth

"Working With The Faeries To Find Insight, Wisdom, And Joy"


Whether this is your first experience with oracles and tarots, or faeries for that matter and you are looking for fun or just to learn, or whether for serious reflection or you are an expert at reading cards or communicating with faeries, these cards will open your mind to the possibilities and potentials that exist both in our world and the faery realm as well as within ourselves.

A selection of faeries both favourable and frightening have been drawn together, each to impart their own story and wisdom to those brave enough to search their depths for deeper meaning. There are as many meanings and interpretations of these faeries as there are ways of reading these cards and it is up to each individual to find their own path.

The Faeries' Oracle brings the enchanting and mystical artwork of the talented Brian Froud together with the insightful and spiritual teachings of Jessica Macbeth to guide us through the pathways of faery and our inner selves. This oracle set is unique in both meaning, imagery and magic, despite many of these faeries having been introduced to us before in Brian Froud's Good Faeries/Bad Faeries. A truly versatile and inspiring set.

These faeries enhance our journey of discovery, wisdom and joy as we uncover insights into our lives. These insights are discovered through images as lively and charismatic as the definitions they embody. Below is a simple three card reading representing past, present and future, more information about which can be found inside The Faeries' Oracle.

The Faeries' Oracle - three card reading
(includes 66 Cards + 208p Hardcover book)
On sale: 29 November 2000
Price (AU): $39.99
ISBN: 9780743201117
Recommended age: 16+
In a word: Faeries
Re-read it: yes, many times
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

November 18, 2013

The Hunger Games Book 1: Official Illustrated Movie Companion

The Hunger Games Official Illustrated Movie Companion
"May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour"


Every year tributes are taken from the twelve districts to compete in the Hunger Games. These twenty four children are pampered, trained then sacrificed for the entertainment of others: their deaths a punishment for crimes past and a means to contain their futures. The districts, the Capital, the arena and the colourful characters that inhabit this world are all brought to life on the big screen as seen within these pages.

The Hunger Games Official Illustrated Movie Companion takes you behind the scenes and into the history, cast and creation of this books journey into film. A bright and insightful look at the places and props created in order to bring this world to life. This companion offers a gleaming aspect into the people, filming and legacy of this popular book made into a movie. A perfect accompaniment to the series for any collector, and a book any fan will treasure.
On sale: 01 March 2012
Price (AU): $24.99
ISBN: 9780545422901
Recommended age: 12+
In a word: Hunger Games
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five

November 11, 2013

Strange Stains And Mysterious Smells

Strange Stains And Mysterious Smells
by Brian Froud & Terry Jones

"Quentin Cottington's Journal Of Faery Research"


During his time at the Institute for the Criminally Insane, Quentin Cottington devoted his life to the study of stains both great and small, and their associated smells both foul and sweet. His so called research led him to believe that these stains were more than just something to be scrubbed, washed out and removed, these were living, breathing, stinking beings.

Strange Stains And Mysterious Smells uncovers a world never before imagined, a world of stains come to life and smells having personalities. With the fame of his twin sister Angelica, it seems strange that we have not before heard of Quentin Cottington, especially with the content of his research. A uniquely stench filled book that's rich with stains, personality and beings of a disgusting nature.
On sale: 03 November 1997
ISBN: 9780684832067
Recommended age: 16+
In a word: Quentin
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

November 4, 2013

The Raven Cycle Book 2

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater

Not All Dreams Should Come True!


Ronan had pulled a living breathing Chainsaw from his dream and brought it into reality. If he could bring Chainsaw, a raven, into the waking world from his dreams what else was he capable of dreaming into reality? If he could do it once why not again? Why not other objects? As Ronan delves deeper into his ability, manifesting all manner of objects from his sleep, he discovers his father's hidden secret and the dire consequences of this gift used thoughtlessly; Cabeswater is weakening and uncontrollable things are slipping through into reality, things that could never be, should never be, things of nightmares.

The Gray Man is unobtrusive, indistinguishable, unremarkable. He enters a place with little fuss keeping only to himself, until his job is done, then he is on his way again. Although a self professed hit man his job mostly consists of hunting for things unable to be found, brought or acquired. At the present the Gray Man has been hired to hunt for the Greywaren, a relic that allows its owner to take objects out of dreams. But even as others are searching themselves, there are other obstacles in his way, namely a psychic named Maura and a boy named Ronan. For it turns out the Greywaren is not a thing but a person.

The Dream Thieves unveils the true identity of the Greywaren, at least one of them, as Ronan soon discovers he is not the only one. With more than one person searching for this relic, this enthralling tale sees the Raven boys distracted from their mission to find the sleeping king as secrets are revealed, decisions are made and danger is faced. A welcomed return to a world where life can be dreamt, enemies can be friends and where mystery and myths still exist. This second book in the series is as addictive and engaging as the first, its cast just as complex and memorable and its magical realism just as seamless and attainable.
On sale: 01 November 2013
Price (AU): $24.99
ISBN: 9780545424943
Recommended age: 13+
In a word: Greywaren
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five