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Babes in the Woods

I remember, back in high school, reading about Scandinavian tales of women living in the forest who looked beautiful and human from the front, but were hollow in the back. I think the book just called them elves, and they … Continue reading

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Human Alchemy

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy – This is an amusing take on well-known fairy tales focuses on what happens after the stories, and that it isn’t always just living happily ever after. The princes from Cinderella, … Continue reading

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The Serge Worked

SPOILERS FOR CHRONO CROSS! So, I finished Chrono Cross…sort of. There’s more than one way to beat the final boss, and the way to get the good ending involves using elements in a certain order. It’s a clever idea, but … Continue reading

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Follow the Feline

Inherent Vice – I can’t say this movie really held my attention, and Beth said it didn’t for her either. It’s a Paul Thomas Anderson film based on a book by Thomas Pynchon, apparently following it pretty closely, and I’ve … Continue reading

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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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The Ecosystem of Yggdrasil

A comment on my post about video game squirrels mentioned Ratatosk (or Ratatoskr, probably a more accurate transliteration, but not how I originally knew it), the squirrel from Norse mythology. He’s a red squirrel who runs up and down the … Continue reading

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Whether Nero to Me or Far

An Excess of Enchantments, by Craig Shaw Gardner – The second book in the Ballad of Wuntvor trilogy, there just wasn’t as much to this one as to earlier volumes. Pretty much the whole thing was based around Mother Duck’s … Continue reading

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The Offbeat Officials of Oz

The Oz books have a lot of small royal courts with unusually-titled officials. This is something we see much more often in Ruth Plumly Thompson, but L. Frank Baum did have a few examples. In John Dough and the Cherub, … Continue reading

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Elements and Alignments

Magical Starsign is a Nintendo DS game from some years back that I thought I might want to check out, but didn’t until fairly recently. It’s a turn-based role-playing game that makes heavy use of the stylus, which is a … Continue reading

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Orc My World

This past weekend, Orcs were trending on Twitter, based on a tweet about how a description of them in Dungeons & Dragons was pretty racist. (Full disclosure: I haven’t played D&D, although I’ve come across it quite a bit in … Continue reading

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