Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fear of a Dark Elf Planet

Thor: The Dark World – I’ve been trying to read comics a little more as of late, and I think the Marvel movies manage to capture the feel of being epic, fun, and kind of cheesy all at the same … Continue reading

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Final Fakery

The TV Tropes page on Urban Legends of Zelda (good name, by the way) had a link to this post from the alt.games.final-fantasy newsgroup, which brought back some memories. I read that group pretty regularly back when I started college, … Continue reading

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Just How Immortal Are You?

I’d like to revisit a point I made back in this post, about how it’s a big deal in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus for the immortals to give Santa the Mantle of Immortality, but Lurline grants everyone … Continue reading

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What’s the Story, Wishbone?

Beth asked me last night if I knew how the tradition of breaking the wishbone started, and I had to admit I didn’t know. As with most superstitions, it’s difficult to get an exact answer, but there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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Eat Fruit, Live Forever

The idea of fruit bestowing immortality, or at least longevity, is a common one in mythology and folklore. In Norse mythology, the gods are said to eat apples that restore their youth. The fruit can’t entirely prevent them from dying, … Continue reading

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The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

Frozen – This was the highest-grossing animated film of all time, but Beth and I didn’t get around to watching it until last night.  The idea was originally to make a movie based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” … Continue reading

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Super Loops

SPOILERS for Final Fantasy (the first one) and The 7th Saga. The idea of a time loop is one that comes up occasionally in fiction, sometimes as simply a repeating part of history, and other times involving time travel that … Continue reading

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The Shadow Falls

The Magic Chest of Oz, by Donald Abbott – Published in 1993, this is another one of Abbott’s tales of Oz during the Scarecrow’s reign in the Emerald City, and has him again adventuring with the Tin Woodman and Cowardly … Continue reading

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Define and Conquer

I’ve been thinking a bit about people not wanting to call themselves feminists because they don’t really know what the term means nowadays, as Bill Maher more or less put it. The thing is, I have to wonder if that’s … Continue reading

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Mixed Mythology Makes Mischief

It’s no secret that I enjoy fiction based on classical mythology, or that I put a little too much energy into pondering how crossovers work. And when something includes elements from the mythology of various cultures, it can often become … Continue reading

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