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Mice, Ducks, and Aliens

The Song of Wirrun, by Patricia Wrightson – Paul Dana recommended this trilogy of books based on Australian mythology: The Ice Is Coming, The Dark Bright Water, and Behind the Wind. I have a passion for mythology, but I haven’t … Continue reading

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Mellow Yellow

When you go back far enough, it can be difficult to tell real personages from mythical ones. Lists of kings often include some far-fetched entries toward the beginning, like people who ruled for centuries. One of the most significant quasi-historical … Continue reading

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Madness and Murder

Happy Halloween! It’s time for a run-down of movies we watched recently. Beth and I generally try to watch some horror films every October, but we’re running out of ones that she’s interested in, so most of these are only … Continue reading

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All-Night Sucker

While writing an Oz story that featured two characters who kept goats, I decided to stick in a brief appearance by a chupacabra. The name literally means “goat-sucker,” and they’re a sort of vampiric animal allegedly native to Central America … Continue reading

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Rocket to Your Doom

I watched the most recent Simpsons, and I can’t say I’m too keen on the idea of the family visiting Rigel 7, home of Kang and Kodos, in a regular episode. This is especially true so soon after the Futurama … Continue reading

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Death by Common Household Item

I’ve looked before at the Wicked Witch of the West’s vulnerability to water, and mentioned how Ruth Plumly Thompson extended this weakness to dragons and ogres. It’s also the weakness of the aliens from Signs, prompting the frequently asked question … Continue reading

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Lost and Found Tech

The level of technology throughout the games in the Final Fantasy series vastly differs, from sword-and-sorcery worlds in the earlier ones to more modern levels in later installments. There are a few items all of them have in common, like … Continue reading

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