Category Archives: Discworld

You May Find Important Pieces Gone

Cautionary tales to try to convince children to behave seem to be pretty much universal, even though it’s quite possible they do more harm than good. I’ve written before about boogeyman legends, and along much the same lines is the … Continue reading

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A Frosty Reception

Since our President-Elect is in love with Vladimir Putin and insists that everyone should constantly say “Merry Christmas,” I guess we’d better learn about Christmas in Russia, right? It might seem a little late for this, but Orthodox Christmas is … Continue reading

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Nonsense That Makes Sense

This Tor article presented the idea of mapping fantasy lands along two axes, nonsense vs. logic and virtue vs. wickedness. Obviously there’s a lot of opinion involved here, but the first thing I thought was kind of weird was Neverland … Continue reading

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Is Your World-Building Up to Code?

While I generally find the results to be the really interesting part, I also find how fictional worlds are created to be quite intriguing. J.R.R. Tolkien is often held up as an author whose fantasy works take place in a … Continue reading

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The Last Days of Discworld

It’s the Hogswatch season, and I just finished reading Terry Pratchett’s last Discworld book, The Shepherd’s Crown. While officially part of the young adult Tiffany Aching sub-series, there’s a lot in it that assures us Pratchett hadn’t forgotten about the … Continue reading

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Say My Name, Say My Name

Names have a lot of power. Just try saying someone’s name when they’re across the room, and see how quickly they turn to look at you. The idea that names are somehow magical is something I first came across in … Continue reading

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All the Girls Love Annis

Sometimes I feel like I should save posts on wicked witches until October, but I’ll probably forget before then. So here’s Black Annis, the local witch of the Dane Hills in Leicestershire, England. While descriptions vary somewhat, she’s often described … Continue reading

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