Category Archives: Neil Gaiman

Let Us Contemplate the Sadness of a Banjo-Playing Frog

One thing I noticed in the book Yama Yama Land, by Grace Duffie Boylan, was a reference to a giant frog playing a tennis racquet like a banjo. Picture by Edgar Keller So what’s the connection between frogs and banjos? … Continue reading

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Bleed for the Mead

One Norse myth I can’t recall coming across before reading Neil Gaiman’s retelling was about the god Kvasir and the origin of poetry. Since poets were the ones telling these tales in the first place, it makes sense that they’d … Continue reading

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Myths and Misattributions

Tales of the Peculiar, by Ransom Riggs – A tie-in to the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series that’s actually mentioned in those books, this is presented as a series of old fairy tales. There aren’t any photographs in this volume, … Continue reading

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Slavic Star Sisters

I recently wrote about the Greco-Roman personifications of the Morning and Evening Stars, which they didn’t realize at the time were both the planet Venus. They were the children of Eos, goddess of the dawn. While looking for information on … Continue reading

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Aslan Is Just All Right with Me

The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventure in Narnia, by Laura Miller – The author, a writer for Salon, takes a look back at some of her favorite books from her youth. At age thirteen, Miller felt betrayed when she found … Continue reading

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With a Little Help from the Hempstocks

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman – I’ve had mixed feelings on other books of Gaiman’s that I’ve read before, but I have to say this one really clicked for me. The protagonist is a … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Terry Pratchett

One of my favorite writers died today at the age of sixty-six. I can’t recall exactly how I got interested in Pratchett’s work, but I think part of it was due to the fact that he occasionally referenced my favorite … Continue reading

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