Aussie Fantasy

Aussie Fantasy

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Welcome to the Discover Aussie Fantasy event for 2013!

All throughout July I  featured books written by Aussie speculative fiction authors for all ages – not just fantasy.

Don’t forget, you can always see a great selection of books by Aussie authors by going to my reviews page and choosing “Aussie” from the tag list!

Why Fantasy?

Fantasy is my favourite genre to read, write and watch. It allows an escape from the pressures of every day life and allows imagination free reign.

In the foreword to his collection of interviews with fantasy authors, The Wand in the Word, Leonard S Marcus writes:

Fantasy is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable, and to reveal our own “real” world in a fresh and truth-bearing light.

For the purposes of this feature I’m including high fantasy, romantic fantasy, paranormal fantasy and a dash of dystopia. I’m also hoping to include adult, young adult and middle grade age groups in the mix.

Why Australian?

While reorganising my to-read list, I realised that there were quite a few books by Aussie authors sitting on my shelves that I hadn’t actually read. I looked a little further and found there is a wealth of fantasy out there written by Aussie authors.

When asking a few people if they’d be interested in joining in with an Aussie fantasy month they said “Oh, but I don’t know any fantasy books by Aussie authors.” Well my friends, there are plenty. I’m hoping to show you a few over the next few weeks. I hope you find something to add to your to-read list!


The Giveaway

No special feature would be complete without a giveaway, so during this month I will be offering two lucky winners a book of their choice from the list of books reviewed for the Aussie Fantasy feature, as listed above. Some of these will be available as e-book only, while some may be shipped from the Book Depository.

Some of the books may not be available outside of Australia just yet – sadly I can’t offer a hard-copy of these books to international winners – prices of postage are just crazy these days! You can see a list of full conditions below.


  • There will be two winners. Each winner can choose a book of their choice from the list of books reviewed during July on The Oaken Bookcase.
  • I will attempt to get a copy of the chosen books to the winners from either the publisher, Book Depository, Amazon (if in the regions), or other sources if available. If the chosen book is unavailable or the price is over A$20, the winner/s may choose another book. I’ll do my best to get something to you, if all else fails!
  • The giveaway is open internationally, as long as the Book Depository ships to your country (go here to check).
  • The giveaway will run until the end of July.
  • The winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

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Discover Australian Fantasy in 2012

Did you know that 2012 was the Australian National Year of Reading? The theme for July was “Discover”, so Angelya and some intrepid guest posters read and reviewed some Fantasy books by Australian Authors.


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The Giveaway

We have a great selection of books to give away during July! All the details can be found further down on this page.

The Banner

The gorgeous artwork in the banner above is called Floating Lights and the artist, the awesome Selina Fenech, kindly allowed me to use it to promote this feature. You can see more of Selina’s beautiful fantasy artwork and books at her site,

The 2012 Giveaway

I have a fantastic collection of books to give away during July! There will be two prize packs, and two lucky winners. All of these titles are by Australian Fantasy authors and will either be reviewed or featured on The Oaken Bookcase this month.

You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below the giveaway details. I’ve tried to make it easy by only including a few extra entries – they’re only to help spread the word and help out the lovely people who donated prizes.

Good luck! Thanks very much to those who donated prizes!

Prize Pack 1: Paper Book Pack

  • A signed copy of Obernewtyn, Isobelle Carmody
  • One more hard copy book of the winner’s choice from the list of books reviewed during July on The Oaken Bookcase. A list of reviews is further up on this page!*
  • A fairy bookmark featuring artwork by Selina Fenech!
  • I am planning to add more things to this pack – check back for updates later in the month.
* Please note, if I am unable to source a hard copy of your chosen book, I may offer you an e-book version instead.

Prize Pack 2: Enormous Book Pack

(This giveaway is no longer active)

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