Monthly Archives: July 2018

Vehicular Film Slaughter

Cars 2 – The first movie was about NASCAR racing, so this one is about international espionage. Makes sense. Okay, I guess it sort of does, since the spy genre often involves souped-up cars. But it doesn’t make for a … Continue reading

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Chitragupta’s Record Collection

I enjoy reading fiction based on classical mythology, and one bonus of such books is that they often give me new mythological figures or stories to further research. In this case, the first Aru Shah book introduced me to Chitragupta, … Continue reading

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Yowza, Yowza, Yowza!

Beth had wanted me to write something about the Qatsi trilogy of films, which we watched a while ago, but I honestly couldn’t think of much to say about them. I guess I’ll address them somewhat, though, while also including … Continue reading

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Mythology Today

A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire – The second of the October Daye novels has Toby, at the behest of her lord Duke Sylvester, investigating a fairy-run computer company in Fremont, which in Faerie is a buffer zone between two … Continue reading

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Have Mercy on the Natural World

I still haven’t had much chance to listen to music as of late, what with moving and all, but here are my thoughts on two albums that came out this year: Decemberists, I’ll Be Your Girl – I listened to … Continue reading

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Quantum Entanglements and Other Small Problems

Ant-Man and the Wasp – The sequel to the 2015 film follows up on two hanging plot threads from that one: Hope van Dyne becoming the new Wasp, and the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, being trapped in the sub-atomic … Continue reading

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Yookoo Hoodoo

There was originally supposed to be a panel on Yookoohoos at the upcoming OzCon, but since it’s been cancelled, I might as well say a bit about the subject here. I wrote about the two main Yookoohoos in the Oz … Continue reading

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Time Out London

Timekeeper, by Tara Sim – This book takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London where clock towers not only keep time, but actually regulate it. As such, the mechanics who fix clockworks have a vital job. The protagonist, … Continue reading

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Mr. Ditko Was Right (Wing)

As you’ve probably heard, Steve Ditko, comic artist and co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, was recently found dead at the age of ninety. I’m not that familiar with his work, but I have read some classic Spidey and Strange … Continue reading

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Birth of an Imagi-Nation

The Silver Princess in Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – It’s the eightieth anniversary of the publication of this book, which I used as an excuse to give it a reread. This isn’t really one of my favorites, despite having … Continue reading

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