Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Wizzrobe of Oz

The fact that The Wizard of Oz is often cited as an archetypal fairy tale is a mixed blessing for someone like me. On the one hand, it’s cool that one of my favorite books has become such a widely … Continue reading

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Cats and Dogs Living Together

Toto and the Cats of Oz, by Robin Hess – I remember meeting Robin at an Oz Convention in the late nineties and hearing about this story, so it’s obviously been around for quite a while already, but wasn’t published … Continue reading

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Who, What, When, Where, Wyvern

While the wyvern is now fairly standard in fantasy fiction, its exact origins are difficult to trace. It seems to have first appeared in medieval bestiaries, and to have been used heavily in heraldry. While often used to represent war … Continue reading

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Final Fantasy Junior

Picture by SlyShinie Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest has long been criticized for its simplistic nature, but that doesn’t mean some of us don’t have a soft spot for it. Recently, I came across this post defending the game, and it … Continue reading

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Demon-stration

The Master Key: An Electrical Fairy Tale is not one of L. Frank Baum’s better known fantasies, and really there’s a reason for this, as it’s not one of his better works. That said, people do tend to like one … Continue reading

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Drink, Drink, Everyone Drink

I can’t say I’ve ever been much of a drinker. While I’m sure most of my peers were getting drunk well below the legal drinking age, I never did, and I rarely drink even now that I’m of age. Mind … Continue reading

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Cosmic Canines

Blonde Bombshell, by Tom Holt – While Falling Sideways was about a planet of super-intelligent frogs and how they interacted with mankind, this book does the same with a planet of super-intelligent dogs. They also keep humans as pets, which … Continue reading

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The Questing Game

Today we turn to Arthurian lore to look at a strange creature known as the Questing Beast, or Beste Glatisant (“barking beast”) in French. This animal is usually described as having the head of a snake, the body of a … Continue reading

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Magic Genes

I mentioned in my last post how the manifestation of the Force through midichlorians in Jedi blood, thereby giving a biological component to magical and spiritual power, was sort of elitist. That got me thinking about the connection between magic … Continue reading

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Fandom Is the Path to the Dark Side

The People vs. George Lucas – This 2010 documentary presents different sides in the debate over whether Lucas ruined his legacy, and whether he had the right to do so. Not surprisingly, most of the focus is on the edits … Continue reading

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