Monthly Archives: April 2021

More Moors

Into the Unknown – This is a 1981 Reader’s Digest book that Beth had as a kid, and liked looking at the pictures. There really are a lot of cool illustrations in here, including a hellmouth from the Hours of … Continue reading

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Walk with the King

Beth had the idea to watch all of the Elvis movies in order, and we’ve so far seen the first three, with the next ready from Netflix. Some are harder to find than others. Love Me Tender – Elvis’ first … Continue reading

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Fiefdoms of the Fay

I wrote years ago about how, largely due to Shakespeare’s influence, Oberon and Titania are often regarded as the rulers of the fairies, appearing in a lot of different media. I mentioned a few other fairy queens in the post, … Continue reading

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Angling for the Saxons

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s idea for an America First Caucus based on Anglo-Saxon values sounds kind of bizarre to those of us who don’t run in white supremacist circles. Like, why Anglo-Saxon in particular, and why would a group focusing on … Continue reading

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Friends Are Breaking Up, Friends Are Breaking Down

I don’t think I’d realized until recently that the two bands Scott McCaughey leads had released new albums in the past two years. Scott suffered a stroke in 2017, and forgot his entire body of work, but eventually was able … Continue reading

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Jump Into Cha-Oz

The Wonder City of Oz, by John R. Neill – After Ruth Plumly Thompson gave up writing Oz books, the publishers turned to the illustrator. I understand they’d been considering signing on Neill as the new writer before settling on … Continue reading

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Mean Squirrels

I saw a squirrel in a graveyard last weekend. That’s not really that strange, as Green-Wood Cemetery is also an arboretum, so it gets a lot of wildlife. Still, a squirrel around gravestones made me think of the Skull Eaters … Continue reading

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Fair Value

Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire – The third book in the Wayward Children series follows up on the first. A girl named Rini arrives at Eleanor West’s home, looking for her mother Onishi Sumi, who had been murdered. … Continue reading

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Shake Out the Sillies

NewsRadio – This was a show Beth (my wife, not Vicki Lewis’ character) watched when it was current, and she quotes it a lot in her day-to-day life, so now I actually know what she’s referencing. There’s overlap with Kids … Continue reading

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Egg Overload

I have a few video games I either want to start playing or get back into, but my game-playing time these days is taken up entirely by checking on my Animal Crossing: New Horizons island. It’s a pretty relaxing game, … Continue reading

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