Monthly Archives: June 2016

No Beef with Aengus

Aengus Og, or Aengus the Younger, is an Irish deity associated with love and creativity. There are said to be four birds constantly flying around his head. Aengus was the son of an illicit affair between the Dagda and Boann, … Continue reading

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Oz Con Artists

I’ve written before about how L. Frank Baum’s position on trickery is somewhat mixed. As someone who had worked as a salesman, he knew the value of a certain amount of balderdash in order to sell things to people. And … Continue reading

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The Crooked House Always Wins

I like to write about politics on occasion, but I tend to doubt I’m changing anyone’s opinions. That rarely happens anyway, and I’m hardly an expert on how other people think. With this in mind, it’s so weird to me … Continue reading

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Gods, Men, and Monsters

In the Company of Ogres, by A. Lee Martinez – This was a comedic look on fantasy, hardly anything new, but still entertaining. It tells the story of Never Dead Ned, a guy who dies quite often, but is always … Continue reading

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Great Ants

In Rick Riordan’s latest book, The Hidden Oracle, Apollo encounters a group of giant ants guarding the entrance to a sacred grove. These ants, the Myrmekes, are indeed part of Greek mythology, or perhaps more accurately Greek pseudo-history. The Myrmekes … Continue reading

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The Resident Jinn, Number Seventy St Mary Axe

I’ve now finished with Tom Holt’s series of books centered around J.W. Wells and Company, the magical firm from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer. I had previously read The Portable Door, In Your Dreams, and The Better Mousetrap. The first … Continue reading

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink in Oz

It often seems to be the case that people who read Oz books by authors other than L. Frank Baum when they were young accept them as official, while those who read them later are a little more wary of … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Dick Martin, Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Eric Shanower, Jack Snow, John R. Neill, L. Frank Baum, Oz, Oz Authors, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments