Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Tengu Tango

If you study classic mythology and fairy tales, you soon come to realize that a lot of the mystical beings of folklore aren’t really all good or all evil. Many of them are just out for their own interests, and … Continue reading

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Drink More Urfin Jus

Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers, by Alexander Volkov – This is Volkov’s first original sequel to his translation/rewrite of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and it’s clear that he’s going in a totally different direction with his Magic Land … Continue reading

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The Gradual Revolution

I recently read this entry on my LiveJournal friends page, and I have to say I agree that people claiming books (or other physical media, for that matter) are OVER is annoying. I’m not necessarily saying there won’t be a … Continue reading

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The Healing Doesn’t Stop the Feeling

I’ve mentioned before how weird the hit point system from role-playing games really is when you think about it, and I know I’m not the only one. Hit points basically keep track of how close to death a character is, … Continue reading

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Sure Cure for Everything

The mythical idea of the cure-all elixir shows up a few times in the Oz books. Actually, the only L. Frank Baum work in which I specifically recall such a thing being mentioned is John Dough and the Cherub, which … Continue reading

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Don’t Mess Around, Don’t Complicate, Don’t Interrupt My Spirituality

One religious argument I hear from time to time is that people have God-shaped holes in their lives, and if they don’t follow a religion (usually the one that whatever person is making the argument believes), they’ll try to fill … Continue reading

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Musings on Muses

I wasn’t sure what mythological topic to cover today, so I turned to the Muses for inspiration. Fame whores that those girls are, they suggested that I write a post on them. So, here are the nine Muses, dwellers on … Continue reading

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