Tag Archives: earthsea

Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earthsea

Ursula K. LeGuin’s first book in the Earthsea series, A Wizard of Earthsea, is nearly fifty years old at this point. My reading of these books has been a bit sporadic, as I received the original trilogy as a kid … Continue reading

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Say My Name, Say My Name

Names have a lot of power. Just try saying someone’s name when they’re across the room, and see how quickly they turn to look at you. The idea that names are somehow magical is something I first came across in … Continue reading

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Conjury Through Copulation

My wife was recently looking up stuff about Devil worship and the occult, and came across the Wikipedia article on sex magic. In addition to being the hind part of a Red Hot Chili Peppers album title, it’s apparently a … Continue reading

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The Language of Magic

When magic words appear in books and other media, they’re usually either total nonsense or based on some dead language, often Latin. The common term “abracadabra” is thought to be based on Aramaic, with the phrase “Avra Kadavrai” meaning “I … Continue reading

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