Monthly Archives: June 2021

Please Plesiosaur Me

In light of my recent post about dragons in the Mario series, which addresses the confusion between those and dinosaurs, I find it interesting that the franchise has two separate creatures based on the Loch Ness Monster. The first one, … Continue reading

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The Sins of Silver Island

The Royal Book of Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – I’d gotten into the habit a few years ago of starting to reread the hundredth-anniversary Oz book around L. Frank Baum’s birthday, 15 May. Since the last one was published … Continue reading

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Theater of the Oblivious

Dark Horse – This movie is awkward and uncomfortable, but I guess that’s pretty much always the case with Todd Solondz’ work. It focuses on a pathetic man-child who lives with his wealthy parents, played by Christopher Walken and Mia … Continue reading

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Otherworlds at War

The Shadow Crosser, by J.C. Cervantes – In the final book in this series, Zane Obispo and his companions are trying to prevent a takeover attempt by the gods Ixkik and Camazotz. It starts with Zane hunting the last remaining … Continue reading

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Drainpipes and Dragons

Dragons are a mainstay of fantasy fiction, and of course have appeared in a number of video games. Even Metroid has them, and that series is more science fiction than fantasy. Dragons in the Super Mario universe in particular are … Continue reading

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Elvis-O-Rama

We’re still working through all the Elvis movies. It’s kind of annoying that there isn’t one service that has all of them, but it’s not like they were all released by the same studio or anything. King Creole – This one is … Continue reading

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Golden Ozianaversary

The 2021 issue of Oziana, the fiftieth anniversary edition of the publication, has been released, and I’m in it quite a bit. I’m flattered, but I kind of wonder if my stuff wouldn’t have been better off spaced out somewhat. … Continue reading

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