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Yule Cat Strut

Today, we look at the true meaning of Christmas, by which I mean child-eating monsters. Krampus has become mainstream, but I only just learned about some of the ones from Iceland. There, the Yule season involves trolls, and not Treasure … Continue reading

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Lovable and Not-So-Lovable Rogues

I’ve now read a few of the Best of the Baum Bugle volumes I just recently purchased, and there are some interesting articles in there, including some on the Nome King and L. Frank Baum’s other villains. I’ve already covered … Continue reading

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Bleed for the Mead

One Norse myth I can’t recall coming across before reading Neil Gaiman’s retelling was about the god Kvasir and the origin of poetry. Since poets were the ones telling these tales in the first place, it makes sense that they’d … Continue reading

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Sizing Up and Down

Characters changing in size is a pretty frequent occurrence in the Oz books. It’s sort of a transformation, but not entirely, as someone exposed to such magic keeps the same shape. At least, that seems to be the case for … Continue reading

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A Dish Best Served with Pinto Beans and Muffins

One aspect of Norse mythology that makes it fascinating but also frustrating is the paucity of authentic sources we have on it. There are some parts of it that we mostly only know from Snorri Sturluson, a Christian who thought … Continue reading

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We’re Up All Night to Get Loki

The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan – By now, I guess it’s pretty much a given that I’m going to enjoy Riordan’s modern takes on classical mythology. This is the second book about Magnus Chase, son of Frey and … Continue reading

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Good Knight, Sleep Tight

SPOILER WARNING, especially for The Yellow Knight of Oz Ruth Plumly Thompson introduced the character of Sir Hokus of Pokes in her first Oz book, The Royal Book of Oz, and he quickly became a standard part of the royal … Continue reading

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