Author Archives: Nathan

Sinking the Stinking One

The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes – This is another book from the Rick Riordan Presents label, and there’s a definite pattern to most of these. A kid who has trouble fitting in with their peers finds out they’re the … Continue reading

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A Heaping Helping of Hysteria

Ben-Hur – This is one of the old epic films that I thought I should watch, where the look and feel remain impressive even today, but the pacing is terrible. I’m not sure filmmakers in those days knew they could … Continue reading

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Reformation Nation

The Cardboard King in Oz, by Gil S. Joel – The sequel to Joel’s Healing Power deals with many of the same characters, this time in vignettes rather than a book-long story. The confidence man Willie Lie returns to Oz … Continue reading

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You Bring the Winter

The Cailleach is a name for a Celtic goddess generally associated with winter, but as with a lot of deities, there’s more to her than that. She has several names, duties, and forms depending on the locality. One commonly used … Continue reading

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Back to the Labyrinth Again

Etrian Odyssey – I know they did a remake of this a few years back, but I just started playing the original, which I’ve had for a while now. It’s an old-school sort of dungeon crawler in many ways, at … Continue reading

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Make Oz Marvelous

I finally got around to listening to The Chronicles of Oz, audio drama adaptations of the original Oz books. They recently finished with the final installment of The Marvelous Land of Oz, and I think they’re planning on adapting all … Continue reading

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The Art of the Infernal Deal

I can’t say I totally buy the trope of deals with the Devil. If you actually believe in Satan, you presumably also believe in all the Heaven and Hell stuff, and is there any case where being tortured eternally is … Continue reading

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