Category Archives: Book Reviews

Ariel View

I’ve looked at quite a bit of fairy lore over the years, but one character I hadn’t really addressed is Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, largely because I hadn’t read it. I recently did so, and I also found out that … Continue reading

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The Search for More Mushrooms

Annabel, by L. Frank Baum – I noticed some definite similarities between this one and some of the other Baum non-fantasies that were included in Oz-Story Magazine. Like Sam Steele’s Adventures on Land and Sea, it has a boy who … Continue reading

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Heroes and Villains

Daughters of Destiny, by L. Frank Baum – This 1906 story of succession and conspiracy was originally written under the pseudonym Schuyler Staunton. It takes place in Baluchistan, a region made up of parts of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Within … Continue reading

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Getting a Word in Edgewood

Little, Big, by John Crowley – This is apparently a pretty famous novel, although I hadn’t heard of it until I saw it mentioned on a blog. It’s kind of weird that it was published in 1981, as the style really … Continue reading

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The Great Dust-Up

The Secret Commonwealth, by Philip Pullman – The second in the Book of Dust series, the prequel/sequels to His Dark Materials, it takes place some time after Lyra has saved the universe, and she’s now a twenty-year-old attending classes at … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Men

The Greek Myths, by Robert Graves – The library system only had one copy of this, so it took me a few checkouts to finish it, but I finally did. It’s an interesting and pretty thorough retelling of Greek mythology, … Continue reading

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Monster Masters

I might as well review the books related to the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series that I received for my birthday, since I’ve finished reading them. Dragon Quest Illustrations, by Akira Toriyama – This collects some of Toriyama’s drawings … Continue reading

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