Author Archives: Nathan

Life’s Good for the Multiplujillionaires

Uncle Scrooge: The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan, by Carl Barks – The library system now has another volume in Fantagraphics’ series of reprints that I hadn’t yet read. I’m not totally sure whether I should keep the ones I … Continue reading

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The Rest of Nonestica

The International Wizard of Oz Club’s map of the countries surrounding Oz includes a few places, mostly in the southeastern part of the continent (which most likely isn’t technically a continent), that were never directly linked with Oz. They are, … Continue reading

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Worm Your Way

Looking into mythology and fiction involving giant worms is a little tricky because it seems like a lot of early societies thought worms and snakes were variations on the same thing. I guess they didn’t want to investigate all that … Continue reading

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Spice and Sprites

Dune, by Frank Herbert – This was a book I’d heard referenced a lot, but really didn’t know what to expect aside from a planet with sandworms. I’d never seen any of the movies or anything. I didn’t love it, … Continue reading

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Bot Builders of the World

Most of the robots in the Mega Man series are made by Dr. Light or Dr. Wily, or both of them together. After all, self-aware robots aren’t something just anyone can make, even in that world. There are a few … Continue reading

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Ask the Flowers to Tell You

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, and Tuesdays are my designated days for writing about Oz, although it doesn’t always work out that way. Since I had something more pressing to write about yesterday, I’m going to look at a … Continue reading

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Rakkhosh and Ruin

One type of being that’s quite significant in Sayantani DasGupta’s The Serpent’s Secret is the Rakkhosh, a sort of human-eating monster that usually speaks in rhyme. The book also associates them with black holes, presumably an invention of DasGupta’s, although … Continue reading

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