Book review. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Eternity Code makes no profound statements, but then it doesn't have to. It's fun, imaginative and full of energy. I would recommend it as a good book for all children, but particularity for those who you wouldn't necessarily consider a "bookish" type.

Graphic novel eview: Black Hole by Charles Burns

Given the rising tide of mental health problems among teenagers it is probably more important than ever that we look at and dissect what goes on in the minds of young people. Black Hole is a thought provoking example of how the arts are in a unique position to do this. Like all the best art it does not give us any answers, but presents us with a lot of questions and inspires us to think.

Book review. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling..?

Fairy-tales, before they were collected by the middle-classes were not nice moralistic tales where sweet women behaved passively and were rewarded with the hand in marriage of a handsome and unnamed prince. Real fairy tales gave voice to the the voiceless. Not just a voiceless underclass, but often the voiceless within that underclass. Those who's mouths were taped over by the ruling classes, and vocal chords pulled out by anti-children elders, patriarchal attitudes, poverty or plain selfishness within that class and their families.