Monthly Archives: December 2019

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em, Then Beat ‘Em

Toad Warriors – This episode seems to be a favorite, or at least it is with the guys who host the podcast on Hard Times. I can’t say I disagree, as I tend to like it when Toad takes a … Continue reading

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Wario vs. Everybody

I think I’ll write a bit about some video games I’ve never played. I feel a little silly doing that, but I did do some research. That’s something, right? Anyway, I like to understand what these games do in terms … Continue reading

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Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum

I don’t know if I’ll watch any other holiday specials this year, but since this is probably the last time I’ll get the chance to post before Christmas, here are my reviews of three I watched this year and hadn’t … Continue reading

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Monster Masters

I might as well review the books related to the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series that I received for my birthday, since I’ve finished reading them. Dragon Quest Illustrations, by Akira Toriyama – This collects some of Toriyama’s drawings … Continue reading

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Last Drainpipe to Brooklyn, Last Chance to Turn Around

It’s time for some more Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode reviews! If that doesn’t interest you, hopefully I’ll have another post up before you can say “pasta power.” The Great BMX Race – The title is pretty clear about … Continue reading

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Weasel Overcome, But Not Before the Damage Done

I got my copy of the 2019 Oziana, the International Wizard of Oz Club‘s annual (well, mostly) collection of short fiction. I have a story in it, “The Giant Weasel of Oz,” which was an idea I came up with … Continue reading

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Millions Upon Millions

I was reminded recently of how I used to like to look at the Table of Numbers in the dictionary, which probably sounds boring. I was fascinated by all the names for really large numbers, quadrillions, quintillions, and all that. … Continue reading

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You Aren’t Going Nowhere, Fungus

Continued from this post, here are four more Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode reviews: Rolling Down the River – While not exactly the line from “Proud Mary,” they did originally play that song in this episode, earlier in the … Continue reading

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Fearsome Furnishings

Living versions of inanimate objects are common in fiction. The Oz books have a lot of them, although most of them are friendly. There are, however, many animated objects that are deadly, especially in role-playing games. I was recently thinking … Continue reading

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Words with Fairies

Under the Influence of Oz, by Marin Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone – This book is largely an attempt to reconcile the different depictions of Heartbreak Hostel and its keeper, Soulae Sunchip, between Green Goblins and Havenly Dreams. The former … Continue reading

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