Discover Australian Fantasy

Discover Aussie Fantasy 2013: Wrap Up


Well, July is at an end and so is the Discover Aussie Fantasy feature for another year.

I’ve read some great books this month! Interestingly and also unintentionally, all but one book was by lady authors – where are all the Aussie blokes in Fantasy?

Don’t forget, there’s still a few hours until the end of the giveaway – leave a comment on one of the reviews for an extra entry! Go to the Aussie Fantasy page for the entry form.

Here are the books reviewed this time around:

So, do you like the banner for this year? My very talented brother took one of my travel snaps and added a dragon!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word of the feature 🙂 And now, back to semi-normal programming…

Discover Aussie Fantasy 2013 – Kick Off



Welcome to Discover Aussie Fantasy for 2013!

All this month I will be featuring books written by Aussie speculative fiction authors for all ages – not just fantasy, but some sci-fi as well.

Authors whose works I am hoping to feature this year include: Amanda Bridgeman, Margo Lanagan, Stephen Ormsby, Kylie Chan, Carole Wilkinson, Paula Weston, Marianne De Pierres and more!

Throughout this month, a list of the books featured will be updated on the Aussie Fantasy page, which you can reach by clicking on any of the banners around the site or on the “Aussie Fantasy” menu option above.

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!

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. Some of these will be available as e-book only, while some may be shipped from the Book Depository.

To enter the giveaway and see the full list of reviews for the month (none just yet but they’ll be coming!), please visit the Aussie Fantasy page!

Welcome to the Discover Australian Fantasy Feature

Welcome to the Discover Australian Fantasy feature! Do you like to read Fantasy books? Are you interested in learning more about Fantasy books by Australian authors?

During July, to tie in with the National Year of Reading‘s “Discover” month, The Oaken Bookcase will be devoted to Australian Fantasy books. I’m going to be reading and reviewing a variety of titles and I have several guest posts from fellow bloggers and authors lined up.

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 recently, 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. So many in fact that I may have to make this a regular event. In any case, 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!

Here’s a few of the authors whose work I’m planning to feature: Jo SpurrierMelina MarchettaLouise CusackIan IrvineIsobelle CarmodyJay Kristoff… and more!

The Banner

The gorgeous artwork on the banner for the feature 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 Giveaway

The Discover Australian Fantasy giveaway is now live! Visit the Aussie Fantasy page for all the details.

You can find all the updates throughout the month on the Aussie Fantasy page, linked from the button to the right and at the menu bar at the top of the site. Make yourself at home!



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