By Nick Rennison, Stephen E. Andrews

Fable is without doubt one of the so much obvious genres in pop culture - we see the production of magical and imagined worlds and characters in all sorts of media, with very robust fan bases in tow. This newest consultant within the profitable Bloomsbury Must-Read sequence covers paintings from a variety of authors: Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Michael Moorcock, Rudyard Kipling and C.S Lewis to very modern writers reminiscent of Garth Nix and Steven Erikson. in an effort to extend your variety of studying or deepen your realizing of this style, this is often the simplest position to begin.

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All these questions and more arise when investigating the overwhelming and mildly queasy world of James Blaylock’s St. Ives series. Just before dawn on one morning in 1870, an airship piloted by a skeleton skims above Piccadilly. A villainous hunchback performs resurrection experiments. Aquaria are mysteriously burgled. A prototype spaceship is accidentally launched and crashes in the grounds of a country estate. Strangeness abounds, and Langdon St. Ives and his fellow adventurers of the Trismegistus Club investigate, uncovering an infernal conspiracy set in motion by a Moriarty-like figure.

The unicorn who has long been accustomed to her solitary status begins to wonder whether or not others of her kind do still exist in the world. Eventually she decides she must leave her forest to discover the truth. Her journey takes her out of the tranquil haven she has so far inhabited and into the more cruel and dangerous world beyond its boundaries. Imprisonment in a carnival menagerie awaits her but, once she has escaped this fate, she joins forces with Schmendrick, a would-be magician, and a young woman named Molly Grue to track down the Red Bull, the creature responsible for driving the other unicorns from the land.

The Land of Laughs is a book of enigmatic originality. A strange combination of fantasy and mystery, it draws readers into a world where fiction has a chillingly literal ability to recreate and reinvent reality. 26 LEWIS CARROLL Read on Bones of the Moon; Kissing the Beehive; Black Cocktail Graham Joyce, Dreamside; Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale LEWIS CARROLL (aka CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON) (1832–98) UK THE ANNOTATED ALICE (edited by Martin Gardner, 1960) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking Glass (1871) are amongst the most acclaimed novels for children ever written, revealing the bizarre, nonsensical dreams of their charmingly stubborn and self-possessed heroine.

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