Monthly Archives: November 2013

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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The World Is One Big Pokéball

I’ve never been a big fan of Pokémon, but I like it all right, and I did play Pokémon Yellow about ten years ago. I remember being somewhat surprised to see Lieutenant Surge being referred to as “the Lightning American” … Continue reading

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It’s All Ephebian to Me

In the Discworld books, most languages are basically the same as ones on Earth, with Morporkian being the equivalent of English. Others are parodies or combinations of real languages, like Latatian being bad Latin and Agatean having both Chinese and … Continue reading

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This Is Fairyland, Speak Ozish

I’ve written before about how everyone in Oz at least seems to speak English. Ruth Plumly Thompson apparently thought Ozish and English were the same language, while Sherwood Smith’s books give some hints of an automatic translation spell of sorts. … Continue reading

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Breaking the Language Barrier

When writing fantastic stories about strange, faraway lands and remote planets, language is obviously going to be an issue. Learning a foreign language on Earth can be difficult enough, and I can only imagine it would be well nigh impossible … Continue reading

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You Say You’ve Seen Seven Wonders

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, even though only one of them is still standing today. Why seven, though? I don’t know. Something about the ancient Greeks who chose it considering it a number of wholeness. … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trillian

I haven’t gotten much response to my recent Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy posts, but I’m writing another one anyway. After all, it’s a series with a consistent popularity, and maybe somebody will want to read these in the future. … Continue reading

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