Category Archives: Language

That Vodou That Yo Dou So Well

The Hollow Places, by T. Kingfisher – When a woman named Kara is going through a divorce, she moves in with her uncle, a conspiracy-minded man who doesn’t believe in evolution until he figures he needs to in order to … Continue reading

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Stay Out of the Deep End

I’m going to guess you want more fish-people, but I’ll admit I’m very bad at predicting what other people want. So let’s just say I want to write more about fish-people. I often go to TV Tropes to see examples … Continue reading

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How We Lost the Forest

I’d been thinking about the Lost Woods in the Zelda series, probably largely because Beth recently played A Link Between Worlds. Since it’s a handheld game, I wasn’t able to watch her play it, which is something I miss doing. … Continue reading

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Ho Ho, Kerumph!

Kabumpo in Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – You get two Oz posts in a row this week, because I’ve finished rereading this book for its hundredth anniversary. Thompson’s second Oz book is a clear improvement over her first, and Kabumpo … Continue reading

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Jaguar, Jaguar, You Are Shining from Afar

I’m always interested in mythological references in video games I’ve played (and sometimes even ones I haven’t), and the two Chrono games definitely have a fair number of them. There are some SPOILERS for both Chrono games. I’ve seen fans … Continue reading

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Quran So Far Away

I’ve now read through the Quran, mostly using this translation. I know it’s really only considered authentic in Arabic, but I can’t read that language. Discussing Islam can be kind of awkward, especially because the amount of Islamophobia in the … Continue reading

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Coping with Immortality

We’re up to the 1978 Oziana, with a cover by Bill Eubank that appears to be partially based on a John R. Neill illustration from Kabumpo in Oz. Then there’s an Oz-E-Gag by Eubank, comparing The Wizard of Oz to … Continue reading

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Commonwealth of Common Wealth

Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, translated and introduced by Clarence H. Miller – This book introduced to world the fictional country that even now is used to mean an ideal society, from the Greek meaning either “no place” or “good place.” … Continue reading

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Batoose, Batoose!

It’s on to the 1973 Oziana, and I feel like this one is somewhat lacking in unique content, as some of it was published elsewhere. That said, these publications were quite limited and I don’t have copies, so that’s not … Continue reading

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Now You’re Speaking My Language

I’ve written before about the Tower of Babel, the weird story from Genesis that explains why people speak so many different languages. Exactly why this needed a mythical explanation isn’t entirely clear. People speak different languages because they developed in different … Continue reading

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