Category Archives: Monsters

Roland in the Deep

I think I first heard of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso in a blurb about C.S. Lewis comparing J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to it. Well, they do both have a magic ring that makes people invisible, and a monster … Continue reading

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Curse You, Programming!

I have completed Cosmic Star Heroine, which is a fairly short game, but I’d only been playing it on and off. I think I played it on the second easiest level, although I can’t remember for sure. It was challenging … Continue reading

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The Little Robot Girl

WARNING! SPOILERS for all three movies reviewed herein! Speak No Evil – Beth tends to like bleak, hopeless movies, while I tend more towards the whimsical and fantastic. Obviously there are exceptions for both of us, but one sort of … Continue reading

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What Is a Neighbor?

The Ogress and the Orphans, by Kelly Barnhill – This is a children’s fantasy that seems very relevant to recent events, and it looks like that was done on purpose. The villain is a very Trumpish sort in many respects. … Continue reading

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Attack of the Puberty Panda

Turning Red – This is the first Pixar film to be directed solely by a woman, and it explores the familiar themes of the awkwardness of adolescence and trying to fit in with an overbearing family. That it uses menstruation … Continue reading

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Magic Junction, What’s Your Function?

Final Fantasy VIII – I started playing this recently, and I’m not entirely sure why, other than that it’s the only one of the first nine games in the series that I hadn’t played at all. I’ve played 3, 5, … Continue reading

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Love That Leviathan

I’d been meaning to discuss Leviathan a little more, which I think was inspired by the name being used for the base of the rebel organization Astrea in Cosmic Star Heroine. Considering all the other references to classic games, I had thought … Continue reading

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Teeny Tiny Bat

Halloween has come and gone, and the Great Pumpkin never showed up. Does no one care about sincerity in pumpkin patches anymore? It’s all this commercial farming, I’m sure. Anyway, here are my thoughts on one thing I watched for … Continue reading

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Someone in Oz

I’ve been reading through the Oziana issues that I already reviewed pretty quickly, and I can’t think of much to add beyond what I’ve already said. I will mention that editor John L. Bell thought of the 2005 one as … Continue reading

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Human Alchemy

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy – This is an amusing take on well-known fairy tales focuses on what happens after the stories, and that it isn’t always just living happily ever after. The princes from Cinderella, … Continue reading

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