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Prester Change-O

I’d seen mentions of Prester John, but I wasn’t really sure who he was. I’ve since found out he was a mythical Christian king in or near India whom the European Church saw as a potential ally against the Muslims … Continue reading

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Give Me Pasta Power as Fast as You Can

Okay, nobody at all expressed interest in my reviewing individual Super Mario Bros. Super Show episodes, but I felt like doing it anyway, so here are thoughts on the first four. Each one has both a cartoon and a live-action … Continue reading

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You Should Have Put a Ring on It

The Wizard of Oz has been said to be the ultimate chick flick, as it’s about two women fighting over shoes. But then, J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium is one where a lot of world conflicts arise from jewelry, so maybe that’s … Continue reading

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Aslan Will Provide

When reading Katherine Langrish’s reviews of the Chronicles of Narnia while having the theme of civilization on my mind, I thought about how Narnia is considerably more anti-civilization than Oz, even if I don’t recall the word being used (which … Continue reading

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Big Birds

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post about the Simurgh, the giant bird from Persian mythology that I actually first came across in the Xanth series. Pretty much always identified as female, this peacock-like bird is often shown as … Continue reading

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Save Our Slaves

As a fan of the Oz books and someone who has often taken comfort in them, I don’t always like pointing out the negative aspects of them. Still, they’re there, and it’s probably better to confront them head-on than to … Continue reading

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He’s Got Legs, He Knows How to Use Them

I’ve always liked descriptions of monsters. I remember when I was in high school and I checked out Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings multiple times. It covered creatures spoken of in the folklore and mythology of many different … Continue reading

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Take Out the Tash

While The Last Battle might well be the weakest book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, I was always struck by the appearance of Tash, the bloodthirsty god of Calormen. This nation, located to the south of Narnia, is largely … Continue reading

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Still I Think He’s Rather Tasty

Aladdin – I’ve always liked this movie quite a bit. I saw it three times at the theater, which was a lot for me, although I’m sure some of you have seen films at the theater more times than that. … Continue reading

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Who’s the Most Remarkable Extra-Ordinary Fellow?

When discussing Popeye, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the three Technicolor two-reelers that came out in the thirties. Interestingly, all three were based on tales from the Arabian Nights, and I’m not sure why. I can think … Continue reading

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