Category Archives: Mythology

All in How You Spell ‘Em

I saw something recently about the difference between the words “fairy” and “faerie.” Really, there’s no difference; the latter is just an archaic spelling. The word comes from the French for “fate,” and therefore “enchantment”; and was applied to many different … Continue reading

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Oh Boy! A Carnival!

Bacchanal, by Veronica G. Henry – Eliza Meeks, a Black woman with a strange ability to communicate with animals due to her spirit guides, joins a traveling carnival during the Great Depression. It turns out to have a dark secret, … Continue reading

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Pandering to Pandavas

I’d been interested in the story of the Mahabharata, even more so since reading the Aru Shah books, in which the Pandavas are reincarnated as teenage girls. So I checked out an abridged edition translated by William Buck. While much … Continue reading

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So I Says to Mabon, I Says

This past Wednesday was the Autumnal Equinox, so I guess you should keep an eye out for pumpkin Piranha Plants and Koopas in Mario masks. I believe I was first aware of the season change in Super Mario World from … Continue reading

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Bringing the Magic Back

The Spellcasters of Oz, by Philip John Lewin – Following up on Lewin’s earlier Master Crafters, this book shows the Ozites dealing with most of the magic that sustains their country disappearing, making beings like the Scarecrow inanimate and animals … Continue reading

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Not Dying Today

Someone proposed on a Facebook post that you don’t actually kill the monsters in the Dragon Quest series. I don’t think I can link to it, since it’s on a private group. It generally seems like you are killing them, … Continue reading

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Drawn Into Divine Drama

I’ve had some of these book reviews already written for a while, and I’ve finished a few more books, so I think it’s time to put the finishing touches on this post. City of the Plague God, by Sarwat Chadda … Continue reading

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You Oughta Be in Pictures

When I wrote my review of The Wonder City of Oz, Marc Berezin mentioned that he thought John R. Neill had written some of it to make use of pre-existing art. Repurposing his art is definitely a thing Neill did; … Continue reading

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We’re on a Road to Numenor

The Desolations of Devil’s Acre, by Ransom Riggs – The sixth and final (at least for now) book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series takes place when the resurrected Caul, Miss Peregrine’s evil brother, is using his power to … Continue reading

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Otherworlds at War

The Shadow Crosser, by J.C. Cervantes – In the final book in this series, Zane Obispo and his companions are trying to prevent a takeover attempt by the gods Ixkik and Camazotz. It starts with Zane hunting the last remaining … Continue reading

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