Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Boy with the Thor in His Side

I just finished watching a movie that everyone else has already seen, last year’s comic book adaptation Thor. I have to say that I’m not really a comic reader; I’ve picked things up here and there from other people who … Continue reading

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Piglet Pride

The Nine Tiny Piglets are never especially important characters, but they do receive a some attention in the Oz books. They first appear in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz as animals the Wizard uses in his tricks. He claims … Continue reading

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You Make Me Want to Sprout

I have three more Robert Rankin books to review this time: Sprout Mask Replica – Rankin expands his fictional author’s biographies into an entire fictional autobiography, which also extends to his family. Sprouts appear quite frequently in the story, including … Continue reading

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Ogoun? Oh, Go On!

I recently finished reading Robert Rankin’s The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag (I’ll have a review up later), which uses some of the major gods from voodoo in a plot involving personalities downloaded onto the Internet and private detective Lazlo … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Socialism

Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy – This is the story of Julian West, an upper-class Bostonian who is put into a hypnotic trance in 1887 and wakes up in 2000, when the United States has become a socialist paradise. What’s … Continue reading

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Fall Into the Phantom World

I’ve recently started playing Dragon Quest VI, which means I’ve played at least some of every title in the series except DQ8. Someday I’ll have to get a PlayStation and play that one as well. But for now, I’m talking … Continue reading

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Fishy Oaths

My last post had me thinking about the expression “holy mackerel,” and I wondered how it originated. Why are mackerel any holier than any other fish, or any other animal for that matter? Fish in general seem to show up … Continue reading

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