Monthly Archives: July 2020

Magnoflex, Monster Masters, and Metroids

Just a few book and comic reviews this time, all stuff related to Oz or video games. Helda the Witch of Oz, by James Fuller – This is a series of five books, each one with a different color in … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Sorcery

One running theme in Glinda of Oz is that there are several different types of magic in Oz, all of which have their specialties, but none of them can do everything. L. Frank Baum contrasts the fairy magic of Ozma … Continue reading

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Dibs on the Dybbuk

I saw some mention of a dybbuk box this past weekend, and it sounded familiar. From what I found when I looked it up, a dybbuk box is actually quite new, but a dybbuk is very old. It’s a spirit … Continue reading

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The Riddle of the Individdle

I’ve heard a few times now that part of the problem in the United States regarding COVID-19 is that American individualism leads to people not caring about the collective good, leading to people refusing to take basic safety precautions like … Continue reading

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OzCon Online

Since physical gatherings are a bad idea these days, OzCon International in California was canceled this year, but some attendees decided to do a virtual one, live from the Valley of Virtula. No, not really; that’s the prehistoric name for … Continue reading

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Off to See the Castles of America

I haven’t written that much about new music recently. Comes of getting old, and sometimes just not knowing what to say. There are a few relatively new albums that I picked up during the quarantine, however, so here are some … Continue reading

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Baum’s Diamond Swan Song

In the past three years, I’d gotten into the habit of rereading the main Oz book of focus before OzCon, which was canceled this year. I still intended to read Glinda of Oz, but I’d been putting it off because … Continue reading

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Satan vs. Godzilla

Hail Satan? – The decision to watch this on Friday wasn’t actually related to the fact that I recently wrote about Satanic panic and Satanic messages, although it was a fortuitous coincidence. Beth had been wanting to watch this for … Continue reading

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Boil, Fry, and Rostam

Having read this post on Tor the other day, I was inspired to look up more information on the legendary Persian hero Rostam, sometimes spelled Rustam. By searching on Google, I discovered that Rostam is also the name of a … Continue reading

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Dragon vs. Dragon

Since I enjoyed my playthrough of Breath of Fire 2, I decided to go back (figuratively, that is), and give the first one a try. I finished it yesterday, and it wasn’t really that difficult. I did use a walkthrough … Continue reading

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