Monthly Archives: March 2015

Off the Walrus

Snarked!, by Roger Langridge – When looking for information on the Popeye comics Langridge wrote, I saw some mentions of an earlier comic he both wrote and drew that I’d heard of before, which was sort of a re-imagining of … Continue reading

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To Chop the Unchoppable Tree

I was already familiar with some of the Chinese myths retold in Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but there were others I’d either never or rarely come across. One of these is the story of Wu Gang, … Continue reading

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More Moon Men

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin – I remember being drawn to this book on a library shelf, but not checking it out because I already had several books checked out. More recently, Amy mentioned it in … Continue reading

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Hey, Let’s Do the Limbo Rock

There’s something I’ve always liked about the word “Limbo,” which has entered into popular usage as meaning a state where nothing can happen until certain conditions are met. It comes from the Latin limbus, meaning an edge or border. The … Continue reading

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Earth to Erdrick

I’ve mentioned before how the world of Dragon Quest III is modeled on our own Earth, although there are some strange differences. One of them is the lost continent of Aliahan, although that presumably refers to legends of Atlantis and … Continue reading

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What Makes Goblins Gobble?

The Oz Omnibus of Talking City Tales, by Ron Baxley Jr. – This volume collects three different tales about the Land of Oz, all following up on Baxley’s earlier The Talking City of Oz. I already looked at the first … Continue reading

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Sissajig-Saw Puzzle

Two of Ruth Plumly Thompson’s non-Oz fantasies that still have a fairly Ozzy feel are the Sissajig tales, Adventures in Sissajig and Tommy and the Flying Slippers. Originally serialized in Jack and Jill between 1942 and 1943, and later the … Continue reading

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