Monthly Archives: March 2016

Save Our Slaves

As a fan of the Oz books and someone who has often taken comfort in them, I don’t always like pointing out the negative aspects of them. Still, they’re there, and it’s probably better to confront them head-on than to … Continue reading

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Aslan Is Just All Right with Me

The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventure in Narnia, by Laura Miller – The author, a writer for Salon, takes a look back at some of her favorite books from her youth. At age thirteen, Miller felt betrayed when she found … Continue reading

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Give Me Resurrection or Give Me Death!

I’ve looked at the concept of gods dying and being resurrected before, and it really seems like there’s a tendency to ascribe more similarities to the various myths of the sort than there really are. It’s a common theme, but … Continue reading

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Legends of the Levant

Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times, by Donald B. Redford – This was an interesting read. The prose was rather dry and a LOT of information was packed in, but I guess I’m putting my history degree to use. … Continue reading

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Hyrule Tech

For the most part, the Zelda series is set in a quasi-medieval world, the traditional setting of sword-and-sorcery fantasy. There are kings and princesses living in stone castles, and Link fights with swords and rides a horse. There are some … Continue reading

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Attack of the Killer Sprout

I’ve finished a few books recently, and I think some of them deserve their own posts. Here are a few about which I don’t have quite as much to say, which shouldn’t be taken as an indication that I didn’t … Continue reading

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Riches Do Not Bring Contentment (But Neither Does Poverty)

Throughout the works of L. Frank Baum, we’re constantly seeing praise of contentment. The last chapter of The Marvelous Land of Oz is called “The Riches of Content,” and Ozma tells the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman that these are the … Continue reading

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I’m Feeling Fine in the Modern Age

The concept of dividing history into several different ages is a common one, which shows up in multiple societies, but perhaps most famously in the work of the Greek poet Hesiod. In Works and Days, he splits history into the … Continue reading

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The Trials of Tribalism

Occasionally, I’ll hear a bit of weird tribalism I just don’t understand. Like, I believe Donald Trump recently said something about how you wouldn’t like it if you lost your job to an undocumented immigrant. I don’t want to lose … Continue reading

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Is Your World-Building Up to Code?

While I generally find the results to be the really interesting part, I also find how fictional worlds are created to be quite intriguing. J.R.R. Tolkien is often held up as an author whose fantasy works take place in a … Continue reading

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