Category Archives: Names

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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Get Reel

Since the 1989 Oziana is more movie-based, it shouldn’t be too surprising that it’s not a favorite of mine, but I have some things to say about it anyway. “Biozonnet 1,” by Robin Olderman – The editor presents a poem … 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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Radical Dreamer, Wake Unto Me

Since the version of Chrono Cross for the Switch is the Radical Dreamers edition, and I’d played through the main game, I figured the obvious thing to do was to check out Radical Dreamers itself. It’s a quite interesting novelty, … 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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Threadneedle, Frost, Brown, and Smith, Limited

The 1987 Oziana contains four stories, one much shorter than the others, all of which are of the sort that complement the main series. The front cover shows Melody Grandy’s illustration of Robin Olderman’s idea for the Quadling flag. A note … 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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Dear Dairy

Scan by Jared Davis Here we are, safe and sound, back in good old Oziana 1985. The cover has a drawing of the Nome King by Eric Shanower, which is kind of confusing, as I know Ruggedo appears in a … Continue reading

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Hi, I’m Elfo!

I watched the first season of Disenchantment when it was still pretty new, then didn’t get around to watching any more until the fourth was about to come out. And we don’t yet know whether there’s going to be a … Continue reading

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The New Ugu

I guess it’s time for Oziana 1984. The cover by Melody Grandy shows a typical inhabitant of the Pink and Blue Countries of Sky Island, which is relevant to the first story. The introduction explains that, since L. Frank Baum’s … Continue reading

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