Monthly Archives: August 2013

Britain’s Brutal Beginning

At one point in history, every nation apparently wanted to have origins tied to Troy. I suppose they wanted to have a link to the classics, but for some reason preferred the defeated Trojans to the victorious Greeks. Hey, I … Continue reading

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The Horrors of Holiday House

The Thief of Always, by Clive Barker – WARNING! There are spoilers in this review, so if you want to read it, it might be best to do so first so I don’t ruin the plot. Basically a horror story … Continue reading

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Merely a Man

I wrote about demonization last week, but there’s another way people dealt with gods they didn’t believe in, which is claiming that they’re simply people who came to be worshipped. Of course this kind of thing actually happened, both with … Continue reading

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My Venus of the Stars

Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty, which makes her sound like she should be one of the friendlier deities, but such is not necessarily the case. Like most members of the Greek pantheon, she could be helpful or … Continue reading

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Not Your Granny’s Fantasia

Fantasia 2000 – The idea of updating Fantasia with new segments was thrown around ever since the first one came out, but it wasn’t until several decades later that they began to actually take form. This was actually my first … Continue reading

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Death of the Family

Beth wanted to see You’re Next at the movies, so we went today. I’m going to say some stuff about it, be be forewarned there are spoilers. This movie is part of the home invasion genre, although it isn’t of … Continue reading

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The Rare Beauty of Ozma

Ozma’s birthday is one of the few specific dates we have for anything in an Oz book, and even that is based on two references in completely different parts of The Road to Oz. Anyway, it’s today, so happy birthday … Continue reading

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Demotion to Demons

One of many reasons I’m skeptical of religion, or at least of why one religion is better than another, is how political it all seems. The most successful religion in a particular nation or region isn’t necessarily the one that … Continue reading

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Zeus or Consequences

As ruler of the Greek gods, Zeus was considered by the ancient Greeks as one of the most powerful entities in the world, with only Destiny and the Fates remaining outside his control. His father Kronos, faced with a prophecy … Continue reading

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Who You Gonna Call?

Beth and I watched both Ghostbusters films last night. It had been a while since either of us had seen them, and they definitely hold up. I had actually remembered the first one including more of the guys catching individual … Continue reading

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