Monthly Archives: November 2014

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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Kouretes in the House

One group of beings from Greek mythology that I couldn’t recall having read about before but that stuck with me when I read Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods were the Kouretes, warriors and ritual dancers who attended to the infant Zeus. … Continue reading

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School Is Hell, Cooperation Is Divine

Here are a few new book reviews, with a few spoilers. You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, by Dave Barry – Now semi-retired but with the same basic sense of humor, Barry discusses such topics as Justin Bieber and … Continue reading

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One Game at a Time

I already reviewed Wreck-It Ralph two years ago when it was new, but I watched it again a few days ago, and have a few additional thoughts on it. First of all, I reported misinformation in the earlier post. Apparently … Continue reading

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Military Maids

Oz is known for not having much in the way of a military. In Ozma of Oz, Ozma journeys to the Nome Kingdom with an army made up of twenty-seven officers and one private, then promotes the private to Captain-General … Continue reading

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