Monthly Archives: March 2015

Non-Traditional Travel

The Long Mars, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The third book in the Long Earth series, and perhaps the last unless Baxter gets another co-author. It’s kind of melancholy reading this after Pratchett’s death. The earlier books established … Continue reading

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The Science and Secrets of Red Magic and Art

If you’ve read Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books, or for that matter just followed my blog for a while, then I’m sure you know about Jinnicky, the Red Jinn of Ev. I thought I could say a little about the … Continue reading

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Changing the Baby

Changelings were once a fairly common part of European folklore, and are still pretty widely known, even if not that many people actually believe in them anymore.  Basically, a changeling was a child that a fairy or troll would leave … Continue reading

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Holy Ghost in the Machine

It’s a well-known fact that, back in the earlier days of Nintendo, they censored a lot of religious references in the English translations of games. It’s stated here that their policy was to exclude “symbols that are related to any … Continue reading

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Double Your Fun

One idea that’s shown up several times in Oz and related books is that of a place where everything is double. I believe the first appearance of the theme is in The Enchanted Island of Yew, in which Prince Marvel … Continue reading

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A Troll in Chicago

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente – This is the fourth book in the Fairyland series, and the first to focus on a new protagonist, although the old one does appear. The story involves the concept of … Continue reading

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I Smell a Frat

Having read this article from last year, I am even more against fraternities than I already was, which is saying something. The Greek system has always seemed full of contradictions to me. They’re a source of embarrassment for the associated … Continue reading

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