Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Craziest Trap You’ll Ever See

The Better Mousetrap, by Tom Holt – This one is in the same series as In Your Dreams, but takes place some time later, when J.W. Wells has gone bust and Paul Carpenter and Sophie have retired into their own … Continue reading

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Care of Magical Creatures

One question that I see occasionally is whether all the animals on the Pokémon world are considered Pokémon, or just some of them. This page lists some non-Pokémon animals. For example, the Pokédex entry for a Gastly says it can … Continue reading

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The Patrician Puzzle

Ever since the beginning of the Discworld series, Terry Pratchett has been consistent in saying that the city of Ankh-Morpork is led by a Patrician, an autocrat who lacks the trappings of royalty. The plot of The Truth suggests that … Continue reading

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The Roots of Language in Oz

My recent post on language in the Oz books has led to some interesting discussion on this topic. Many of the names of native Ozites are either descriptive of the characters or puns, if not both. There are also frequently … Continue reading

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Riding the Whales

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, by Christopher Moore – The story concerns a group of whale researchers working in Hawaii. The main protagonist, Nathan Quinn, is interested in finding out why whales sing. When he gets … Continue reading

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Noah’s Fludde on Ice

The upcoming Noah movie sounds like it could be quite interesting. Beth is a big fan of Darren Aronofsky, and she appreciates the bleakness of his movies. While I’m not so much about that, I liked the films of his … Continue reading

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We’re Fed Right Up with Diets

I came across a link to this article on Tumblr, and I’d say it’s spot-on. So much advertising for food these days is of the “you don’t have to feel guilty when you eat this” variety, which of course implies … Continue reading

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