Monthly Archives: September 2014

Greek Mythology Summarized by a Smartass

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, by Rick Riordan – This oversize volume summarizes the classical Greek myths, starting with the creation of the universe and continuing on through the major gods. It’s all narrated by Percy Jackson, who has a rather … Continue reading

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Art Thou Thine Art?

Amy recently addressed a subject I’ve thought about every once in a while, that of separating the artist from the art. I tend to think this is generally a good idea. Not that you can totally separate the two, but … Continue reading

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Romance of the Mushroom Kingdom

Thanks to Drew’s comments on a 1986 anime based on Super Mario Bros., I decided to watch it myself. Super Mario Bros.: Pīchi-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, known in English as The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach, is not that … Continue reading

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Dwarf Stars

As I indicated here, the modern concept of dwarfs seems to largely derive from the dark elves of Norse mythology, although they’ve diverged in modern fantasy and fairy tales. These creatures were said to dwell underground in the world of … Continue reading

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Baggins of Fun

Today is Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthday, although I don’t think they’re still alive to enjoy it. Even though they sailed off to the Undying Lands, mortal beings who reach there remain mortal. How long they live is unknown, though. … Continue reading

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You’ve Been the Subject of So Many Dreams Since I Climbed Your Torso

I climbed the Statue of Liberty once, when I was probably around nine or so. This must not have been that long after it was reopened to the public in 1986, and it was one of the last trips I … Continue reading

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Academy of Mutants

Since I’ve been thinking a bit about superheroes recently, I thought it might not be a bad idea to write about the X-Men cartoon from the 1990s, which was how I was introduced to most of those characters. I don’t … Continue reading

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