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Fantastica - Surreal Prose & Poetry is a guide to Fantastica, one of the most mystical and mysterious places on Earth. It is the nearest place to Fairyland and there is an immense number of magical and paranormal folk who reside here. You will find stories, poems, interviews and information created by Fantastica residents and visitors from other places and countries design Fantastica - Surreal Prose & Poetry is a guide to Fantastica, one of the most mystical and mysterious places on Earth. It is the nearest place to Fairyland and there is an immense number of magical and paranormal folk who reside here. You will find stories, poems, interviews and information created by Fantastica residents and visitors from other places and countries designed to inspire you.


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Fantastica - Surreal Prose & Poetry is a guide to Fantastica, one of the most mystical and mysterious places on Earth. It is the nearest place to Fairyland and there is an immense number of magical and paranormal folk who reside here. You will find stories, poems, interviews and information created by Fantastica residents and visitors from other places and countries design Fantastica - Surreal Prose & Poetry is a guide to Fantastica, one of the most mystical and mysterious places on Earth. It is the nearest place to Fairyland and there is an immense number of magical and paranormal folk who reside here. You will find stories, poems, interviews and information created by Fantastica residents and visitors from other places and countries designed to inspire you.

58 review for Fantastica - Surreal Prose & Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Pratt

    When I first saw the cover on the book, I was immediately wanting to read it. The cover is just so beautiful!! Also wanted to read the book because poetry is my absolute first love!! As I was reading this book, my imagination went wild!! It felt like I was being sucked through the book and was a character myself. Beautiful landscapes, and beautiful stories. I hope the author writes more of these kinds of book. Andrea Lightfoot is a beautiful writer and I cannot express enough that you readers NE When I first saw the cover on the book, I was immediately wanting to read it. The cover is just so beautiful!! Also wanted to read the book because poetry is my absolute first love!! As I was reading this book, my imagination went wild!! It felt like I was being sucked through the book and was a character myself. Beautiful landscapes, and beautiful stories. I hope the author writes more of these kinds of book. Andrea Lightfoot is a beautiful writer and I cannot express enough that you readers NEED to read this beautiful book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Violet Perry (Just a Bookish Blog)

    *4.5 ~I'd like to thank the author for sending me a free copy of this wonderful book in exchange for my honest review!~ Fantastica really gave me those "Harry Potter" vibes I've been missing. Like, the mystical land, magical creatures, fun adventures, etc. This is totally a book to read before bed, to relax and let your imagination soar. Although a couple of the stories were a tad slow, they were all pretty short, so it was very easy to read. There were many times that I got lost in the story and *4.5 ~I'd like to thank the author for sending me a free copy of this wonderful book in exchange for my honest review!~ Fantastica really gave me those "Harry Potter" vibes I've been missing. Like, the mystical land, magical creatures, fun adventures, etc. This is totally a book to read before bed, to relax and let your imagination soar. Although a couple of the stories were a tad slow, they were all pretty short, so it was very easy to read. There were many times that I got lost in the story and just couldn't stop reading. I definitely recommend this book, and it is one I'll be coming back to again :) ~Full Review To Come~

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheilina

    This anthology is an unusual selection for me - and I have to admit, I enjoyed it tremendously. There are some tales that are akin to journal entries, others that bemuse and confuse. I particularly enjoyed the short poems; the language and structure was a delight to indulge in, my favourite being 'In my dreams' (pg 72) I recommend reading this book with an open mind and enjoy the journeys. It doesn't have to be consumed at a single sitting, but is fun to dip in and out of. Given the challenging t This anthology is an unusual selection for me - and I have to admit, I enjoyed it tremendously. There are some tales that are akin to journal entries, others that bemuse and confuse. I particularly enjoyed the short poems; the language and structure was a delight to indulge in, my favourite being 'In my dreams' (pg 72) I recommend reading this book with an open mind and enjoy the journeys. It doesn't have to be consumed at a single sitting, but is fun to dip in and out of. Given the challenging times we currently live in, it's really joyous to escape into the surreal and creative in a different way. Enjoy! *the author provided a copy for me to read and provide an unbiased review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Welcome to Fantastica - a world of magic and beauty - and hats off to the author for such expansive imagination. The book is what it says - surreal prose and poetry - and is made up of a variety of short excerpts that provide you with an insight into this magical place (a portal to Fairyland, no less, though Fantastica is a special place in its own right). Here you'll find interviews with those living or working in Fantastica, newspaper articles describing the mystical experiences to be had there Welcome to Fantastica - a world of magic and beauty - and hats off to the author for such expansive imagination. The book is what it says - surreal prose and poetry - and is made up of a variety of short excerpts that provide you with an insight into this magical place (a portal to Fairyland, no less, though Fantastica is a special place in its own right). Here you'll find interviews with those living or working in Fantastica, newspaper articles describing the mystical experiences to be had there, accounts from historians, and even a recording of a typical relaxation session in a Fantastica yoga class. The descriptions are ethereal, dreamlike and endlessly relaxing and, if you're looking for escapism, this is for you. I imagine the book would work particularly well if someone read the excerpts to you as you closed your eyes for a visualisation exercise (indeed, some are, as I mentioned, sessions from a Fantastica yoga class). I would liked to have seen more depth, though; for example, more variety and personality in the voices of all the characters, some deeper emotional connection or meaning behind the stories, and definitely higher stakes (a lot of the malevolent characters are a bit too easily dealt with in my opinion; I'd like to have seen our heroes and heroines have some real fights on their hands!). However, that said, this book would serve a young audience pretty well. Also, I did like the hints of diversity: for example, we meet people with body dysmorphia and dyslexia, and I think these stories will especially resonate with younger readers. I received a free copy from Voracious Readers Only for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kara Strohmeyer

    "Fantastica" is a whimsical, atmospheric anthology consisting of poetry, letters, interviews, guided meditations, and various other forms of prose. It takes us to the land of Fantastica where we experience different mystical creatures and magical happenings. I'll be the first one to admit I'm still trying to figure out how to vibe with surrealism in books. I found some sections of this book feeling disjointed and irrelevant; I spent time trying to figure out what certain things meant only to come "Fantastica" is a whimsical, atmospheric anthology consisting of poetry, letters, interviews, guided meditations, and various other forms of prose. It takes us to the land of Fantastica where we experience different mystical creatures and magical happenings. I'll be the first one to admit I'm still trying to figure out how to vibe with surrealism in books. I found some sections of this book feeling disjointed and irrelevant; I spent time trying to figure out what certain things meant only to come to the conclusion that maybe they didn't mean anything. With that said, I absolutely adored the "yoga classes" and guided meditations. The strange whimsical descriptions were really immersive and relaxing. I can absolutely see myself revisiting certain parts of Fantastica in the future! Huge thank you to the author and Voracious Readers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    I got a free copy of this book via Voracious Reader Only in exchange for an honest review. I am drawn to books like this, books and magic and the fae. It was short but kinda interesting. I enjoyed reading the different types of tales, from poems to short stories. I do wish there was more about the land itself, but overall this was an enjoyable read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ann

    Really enjoyed this. Pure escapism - if you like folklore and all things magical, this is the book for you! With its short but charming stories and poems, the author demonstrates an amazing imagination and literary flair which tickles your senses. You quickly become entranced. It is also a very calming book which you will want to read again whenever you feel the need to relax and forget your worries.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cair-Paravel De Loulay

    Fantastica is a world of it's own, with pathways from ours here and there. This book is your introduction to Fantastica, reading in some ways like a guide and in other ways, like a daily newspaper. The essence of this world is so unique that it is hard to describe. The poetry of school children, stories from historians and interviews of day to day creatures are only a taste of Fantasica. It is a rich conglomeration of many things and could be a huge jumping off point for Miss Lightfoot. She has Fantastica is a world of it's own, with pathways from ours here and there. This book is your introduction to Fantastica, reading in some ways like a guide and in other ways, like a daily newspaper. The essence of this world is so unique that it is hard to describe. The poetry of school children, stories from historians and interviews of day to day creatures are only a taste of Fantasica. It is a rich conglomeration of many things and could be a huge jumping off point for Miss Lightfoot. She has the making of a world expanding series such as the Disc World series by Terry Pratchett, in my opinion. I loved its spirit and life and would love to see it grow in the future. I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Latisha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is very interesting. IT tells a lot of different short stories whilst keeping the idea of magic alive in each poem and story. One of my favourites was "escapade" about a troublemaker that wouldn't read but they found out it wasn't because he was a bad student it was because he was dyslexic and they found a magical solution. I thought it was very cute and endearing and makes you wonder what else in life could be resolved if you had a little bit more magic in your life. I marked it as a This book is very interesting. IT tells a lot of different short stories whilst keeping the idea of magic alive in each poem and story. One of my favourites was "escapade" about a troublemaker that wouldn't read but they found out it wasn't because he was a bad student it was because he was dyslexic and they found a magical solution. I thought it was very cute and endearing and makes you wonder what else in life could be resolved if you had a little bit more magic in your life. I marked it as a two because although it was lovely to read it felt more like the kind of books that are written at school in competitions, and I struggled maintaining focus only doing about 5 or 6 pages a day. It's not the type of book I usually read but I am very happy I had the opportunity to read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    claire martin

    I received a free copy from voracious readers only for an honest review. I personally found the book a bit disjointed and it didn't really flow for me. The poem 'Starlights' resonated with me though, and I could relate to what it was saying. The other pieces felt like they were over before they even got started unfortunately. I received a free copy from voracious readers only for an honest review. I personally found the book a bit disjointed and it didn't really flow for me. The poem 'Starlights' resonated with me though, and I could relate to what it was saying. The other pieces felt like they were over before they even got started unfortunately.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cabiria Aquarius

    These stories were quite fun and cute. I did find them a little like it could be expanded a bit. It was fun but it was stories of a world not quite formed to me. They were enjoyable stories and cute poems and letters and reasonings. Made a smile come to my face and a nice quick read for the most part.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Look, I don't like giving bad ratings. At all. I am well aware of the effort that goes into writing things and I don't like to put down that effort. But I just didn't vibe with this book at all, despite wanting to like it so bad. Fantastica is an intriguing world, but that's about the only redeeming quality. Some of the poems were cute and the yoga meditation sections made me wish I could float like the characters, but this does not come close to outweighing all of the issues.The book is full of Look, I don't like giving bad ratings. At all. I am well aware of the effort that goes into writing things and I don't like to put down that effort. But I just didn't vibe with this book at all, despite wanting to like it so bad. Fantastica is an intriguing world, but that's about the only redeeming quality. Some of the poems were cute and the yoga meditation sections made me wish I could float like the characters, but this does not come close to outweighing all of the issues.The book is full of fantasy clichés (not tropes), and they're not even the good ones. It feels like the author took everything she'd heard in children's tales and scrambled it together in a new setting. Goblings are rude little hoarders who just wanna steal, black magic is Bad and white magic is The Solution To Everyone's Problems. And then, the thing that made this collection go from "forgettable" to "despicable": the glaring fatphobia. At first I thought it was just something casual, the author having been sold on stereotypes by the beauty industry, and who hasn't fallen for that at some point? But I don't actually think it's a small issue at all. One of the short stories is about a fat girl who is very self conscious about her body when she first goes to the gym, and then she meets a skinny, fashionable girl who changes her life. She "dreamt of having a lovely slim figure" and then went on to work at a gym, presumably once she reached her ideal level of slimness. Another story has a character suffer abuse from her aunt, and then “The monstrous thing was asleep in her armchair and she called me lazy! What a complete hypocrite. She was quite fat too. Nothing against fat people. I know quite a few overweight people.” The fatness isn't even relevant, the aunt is just a bully who happens to be fat. The next paragraph emphasizes how not-fatphobic the protagonist is because she has a fat neighbour who bakes cake. How progressive! This book somehow managed to make me intrigued, bored, and angry at the same time. It had great potential, but unfortunately it did not deliver for me at all. Thank you to Voracious Readers Only and Andrea Lightfoot for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steph Warren

    I received my copy of this book via Voracious Readers Only. The decision to review and my opinions are my own. Fantastica is less a stand-alone book and more of a themed collection of worldbuilding ideas and bonuses, which would be ideal as a companion resource to a novel or series set in the Fantastica world. Within this collection you will find brief histories, character’s letters and poems set in a realm that exists between our own reality and ‘Fairyland’. There is magic, witches and wizards, f I received my copy of this book via Voracious Readers Only. The decision to review and my opinions are my own. Fantastica is less a stand-alone book and more of a themed collection of worldbuilding ideas and bonuses, which would be ideal as a companion resource to a novel or series set in the Fantastica world. Within this collection you will find brief histories, character’s letters and poems set in a realm that exists between our own reality and ‘Fairyland’. There is magic, witches and wizards, fairies, goblins and elves, but it was a little difficult to get a feel for the setting or how it all fitted together, as there was no cohesive narrative to hang it all on and the documents presented felt random and disparate. I was left with the impression of a dreamlike world, similar to those created by Enid Blyton in the Faraway Tree or Wishing Chair series (but for older readers), and with the desire to see these magical characters and surreal setting in a longer story form. Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpres...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kasi

    I wanted to like this. I so badly wanted to like this. I have been working on reading this, small bits at a time, for a few months now. I think the fact that it took me so long to read is quite telling. However, I think other people could really love this - I am likely just not the target audience here. I do enjoy fantasy, but I am discovering that my love for fantasy is quite limited and this one just doesn't fit in. The book itself is a very interesting concept - you aren't just entering the fan I wanted to like this. I so badly wanted to like this. I have been working on reading this, small bits at a time, for a few months now. I think the fact that it took me so long to read is quite telling. However, I think other people could really love this - I am likely just not the target audience here. I do enjoy fantasy, but I am discovering that my love for fantasy is quite limited and this one just doesn't fit in. The book itself is a very interesting concept - you aren't just entering the fantasy world as a reader, you're entering it as a historian or an archaeologist - at least, this was how I interpreted it. You get to read poems by authors who have left them behind, magazine articles, diary entries, and short stories. Each entry is given some context for who wrote the piece and who they are. It's such a nice idea, and if you like fantasy, I think you'll like this... I just didn't. I would like to thank the author and Voracious Readers Only for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Nash

    This book was an amazing, unique idea. The tone of the book was calm and relaxed - definitely the book to read before bed. I love the way that instead of following one character / story, you follow many different characters and short stories or poems, often linking in to each other, giving insight into the world they live in. I do however, feel in parts the book was slightly disjointed and robotic. Perhaps if it was more descriptive it could have flowed more smoothly. I also feel if the author us This book was an amazing, unique idea. The tone of the book was calm and relaxed - definitely the book to read before bed. I love the way that instead of following one character / story, you follow many different characters and short stories or poems, often linking in to each other, giving insight into the world they live in. I do however, feel in parts the book was slightly disjointed and robotic. Perhaps if it was more descriptive it could have flowed more smoothly. I also feel if the author used more decorative language, similes and metaphors to describe the surroundings, and events, this would have helped the book be more magical and fairy like - giving a greater feel of what it would be like to live in Fantastica. I received a copy of this book for free from Voracious Readers Only, in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Summer Wick-Featonby (summerkathleenreads)

    This collection was nice as a form of escapism, away from everyday worries and reality and being fairly short I was able to finish it in one day. I liked some of the poetry. However the stories were too short - they progressed too quickly and weren't long enough for the stories and characters to be properly fleshed out. I can see that the author is trying to world build but I think this would be better done in novel form. This book should definitely be targeted more towards middle grade or younge This collection was nice as a form of escapism, away from everyday worries and reality and being fairly short I was able to finish it in one day. I liked some of the poetry. However the stories were too short - they progressed too quickly and weren't long enough for the stories and characters to be properly fleshed out. I can see that the author is trying to world build but I think this would be better done in novel form. This book should definitely be targeted more towards middle grade or younger readers as I felt the stories to be cheesy in parts and the writing style to be at that level. Thank you to Voracious Readers Only and the author for sending me a copy of this text in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachella

    I received this book from the author by way of Voracious Readers in exchange for an honest review. I was originally enticed by both the cover and the blurb upon first impression. This is a book that delivers on its promise to transport you to a magical world where anything is possible. Exactly as it states on the blurb. It is a page turner and hooked me early on. I loved this read because of the atmosphere. You truly get the sense of magic present in all of the stories. I also loved the theme of I received this book from the author by way of Voracious Readers in exchange for an honest review. I was originally enticed by both the cover and the blurb upon first impression. This is a book that delivers on its promise to transport you to a magical world where anything is possible. Exactly as it states on the blurb. It is a page turner and hooked me early on. I loved this read because of the atmosphere. You truly get the sense of magic present in all of the stories. I also loved the theme of good overcoming evil that is present in so many of these works. I could visualize each description and it made me want more. I have added this book to my list of comfort reads and will revisit this world again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Metagion

    I got this through an epub, and thought I'd give it a try. Fantasy (at least, some of it) is not normally my "go to" genre, this book was a delightful foray into different stories related to a mystical place called "Fantastica", which has every type of creature you could name, and the people that have been (or are living) in Fantastica giving their experiences in it, from letters to poetry to even news stories. I liked it because it was almost like a story book you'd read to children to put them I got this through an epub, and thought I'd give it a try. Fantasy (at least, some of it) is not normally my "go to" genre, this book was a delightful foray into different stories related to a mystical place called "Fantastica", which has every type of creature you could name, and the people that have been (or are living) in Fantastica giving their experiences in it, from letters to poetry to even news stories. I liked it because it was almost like a story book you'd read to children to put them to bed at night (do parents still do that, I wonder?) but a little bit meandering at points. All in all very enjoyable and light reading, so get a copy and unplug your head for awhile...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rita Tavares

    I’m not usually one who enjoys poetry and things like that. But Andrea seemed to do this in a very good way. It didn’t seem like I was reading poetry as such, but instead reading stories about people’s experiences in a magical land. There was a lot of representation for different religions, cultures and different aspects for people who have been bullied for certain things as well which I related to and it was nice to see that it was dealt with in a good manner. Overall: beautifully detailed, nic I’m not usually one who enjoys poetry and things like that. But Andrea seemed to do this in a very good way. It didn’t seem like I was reading poetry as such, but instead reading stories about people’s experiences in a magical land. There was a lot of representation for different religions, cultures and different aspects for people who have been bullied for certain things as well which I related to and it was nice to see that it was dealt with in a good manner. Overall: beautifully detailed, nice short read and if you like this sort of genre I’d definitely recommend reading it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Turn The Page

    Fantastica is a well written and imaginative collection of poems and prose that draws you into a fairytale world. The characters that fill the pages such as fairies, wizards mermaids and the like are well thought out and portrayed throughout this magical world the author has created . This is a book that makes you meditate on what you've just read, it truly is an amazing mystical journey! I can't wait to read more from this author. Fantastica is a well written and imaginative collection of poems and prose that draws you into a fairytale world. The characters that fill the pages such as fairies, wizards mermaids and the like are well thought out and portrayed throughout this magical world the author has created . This is a book that makes you meditate on what you've just read, it truly is an amazing mystical journey! I can't wait to read more from this author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Starr E

    I stopped at page 78. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I tried so hard to like it-and I badly wanted too. But I couldn’t. I had no ideas what was going on. The cover was beautiful-which is what drew me to this book. But-I had a hard time making it as far as I did. I couldn’t finish it-unfortunately. I wanted to like it so bad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    I enjoyed this book! It wasn't what I was expecting, I found it read nearly like a diary, but it was good having bit of context for each different story. Made me want a cloud pillow! ☁️ Would 100% move to fantastica. I enjoyed this book! It wasn't what I was expecting, I found it read nearly like a diary, but it was good having bit of context for each different story. Made me want a cloud pillow! ☁️ Would 100% move to fantastica.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Another one for my DNF. I usually like fantasy and made up worlds but even my 7 year old couldn’t get into the stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Staci Suhy

    I received this book for free as part of a first reads promotion

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

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    Amie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaelyn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  30. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  31. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  32. 5 out of 5

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    April

  34. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

  35. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Brooks

  36. 5 out of 5

    Bacsa

  37. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Fantom

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    Claire

  39. 4 out of 5

    Ann Ellis

  40. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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    Betty

  42. 5 out of 5

    Terri Farris

  43. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Obrien

  44. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

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    Pam

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    Cheryl

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    Jackie Morris

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  50. 5 out of 5

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    Kathy Heare Watts

  56. 5 out of 5

    Terry Pearson

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    Dominique

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