Category Archives: Mythology

Birds of a Feather (and a Few Without)

I don’t think I’ve ever really written specifically about the birds in the Oz series, and there are quite a few of them. When Dorothy first arrives in Oz, she sees “birds with rare and brilliant plumage” in the Munchkin … Continue reading

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Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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What’s Up, Dokkaebi?

Dokkaebi are generally identified as Korean goblins. Information I’ve found about them online generally makes clear that this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re evil, but then, neither are European goblins. There are many different sorts of goblins, just as there are … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Heel, Achilles

Glory of Heracles – Released for the DS in 2010 (2008 in Japan), this is actually the fifth game in a Japanese series (sixth counting a spin-off), but so far the only one to be translated into English. And I … Continue reading

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Quite a Descent

The Second Summoning, by Tanya Huff – The follow-up to Summon the Keeper further develops Claire Hansen and Dean McIsaac’s relationship and its initial difficulties inasmuch as it’s someone magical and has a lot of responsibilities with a more normal … Continue reading

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Crazy Celtic Cruises

A common theme in mythology and related fiction is that of the sea voyage that includes a visit to a bunch of weird islands with bizarre people and creatures. This sort of thing can also happen in stories of overland … Continue reading

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Welcome to Hell Hotel

Aerie, by Maria Dahvana Headley – The follow-up to Magonia takes place a year later, with Aza and Jason still a couple. He’s been hiding a secret from her, though, that a secret government agency monitoring Magonia is forcing him … Continue reading

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